“I just wasn’t ready to hang it up,” she said. “I thought it’d be a great opportunity and I love to travel.
“Plus I talked to a lot of people about it. People who had played overseas were never sorry that they did it, but some who didn’t when they had the chance regretted it later. I didn’t want that to be me.”
As to why she picked playing in France rather than Italy, Daamen said: “It was a better fit. The teams in Italy play more of a shooting, running game with smaller players. There are more bigger players in France. In fact, I’ll be playing the ‘four’ position. There’s a girl on the team much taller than me, about 6-6.
“The other things is I just felt so comfortable with this team. I went there last month and worked out with them, and they were just so welcoming. They made me feel right at home.”
Daamen’s first impression of pro ball in France is that it’s competitive, but she’ll be able to hold her own.
“I hope to make an impact and I think I can,” she said. “Here (in the U.S.), we do a lot more lifting and conditioning and we’re stronger. I think that will help me. It’s going to be different basketball, but I’m excited about it.”
That excitement would be diminished, if it existed at all, if it hadn’t been for her time spent with the Dutch national team.
“If I hadn’t done that, I don’t think I would be trying this (playing professionally in France),” she said. “It was so much fun and I think it helped prepare me for this.”