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Dawn Staley ready for mentor

Stanford's VanDerveer taught South Carolina coach on Team USA

Updated: March 24, 2012, 5:01 PM ET
By Michelle Smith | espnW

FRESNO, Calif. -- Coaches are sometimes reluctant to be completely honest with star players. That, however, was never an issue between Tara VanDerveer and Dawn Staley.

"I was hard on Dawn," VanDerveer, the Stanford coach, said Friday. "I've always said, sometimes a lot of the great players get the worst coaches, because no one wants to tell them anything. But I was always very direct with Dawn and I think she appreciated it."

Yes, if appreciation can be gleaned ...

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