The WUBA Retire Patechia Hartman's jersey

by David Walls

If you are a native of Atlanta, GA, then you have heard of Patechia Hartman. It’s not because of forced popularity, but rather her legendary accolades. Last night, the WUBA retired her jersey before the national announcement of the return of the league.  The league has also confirmed that the Player of the Year award will now be named after her (Hartman Award for the Most Valuable Player).

Hartman was the first professional minor league female to be featured in SLAM Magazine back in 2012.  This was only one of the many accolades in the long career of Hartman.   

For those who are not as familiar with her, Hartman produced Hall of Fame caliber work in a six year span playing in the WUBA. She dominated her way to 3 Championships, 6 All-Star Games, and 1,500 points with a career average of 20.3ppg. These also include 50 points in one game (WUBA record), 40 points in her last game at the age of 34, and 3 Finals MVP awards.

After her second MVP award, the face of the WUBA signed with KR of Iceland where she would be named Domino's Player of the Week several times.  Her best game came where she set Europe on fire with her jaw-dropping quadruple-double of 30 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists, and 10 steals.  Hartman was then voted to the 2013 UBA National Team for the 34th Annual FIBA Jones Cup.  She would lead the Americans to a Bronze Medal and was later named All-FIBA Jones Cup Best Guard.  

Hartman's WUBA Awards & Accolades:

- Rookie of the Year 

- All-WUBA 1st Team (5x)

- WUBA All-Star Selection (6x)

- WUBA Player of the Year (3x)

- WUBA Finals MVP (3x)

- WUBA Championships (3)

- WUBA 2nd All-Time Leader in Points (1,500)

- WUBA All-Time Leader in Assists (600)

- WUBA All-Time Leader in Steals (145)

- WUBA Single Game scoring record (50)