Will Zahui B. leave Gophers for WNBA?

TAMPA, Fla. -- Minnesota sophomore forward Amanda Zahui B., who had a breakout college season that culminated with WBCA All-America honors, would not commit Saturday to returning to the Gophers next season.

International players are eligible for the WNBA draft at the age of 19. Zahui, a 6-foot-5 center, is from Stockholm, Sweden. Zahui also would be able to play internationally.

When asked if she might enter the April 16 WNBA draft, Zahui responded, "I don't really know. I'm taking it one day at a time."

Zahui said she has discussed it with her coaches.

"But we just finished a season, so I'm just focusing on myself right now," Zahui said. "We'll see what happens."

Zahui is the first Minnesota player since Janel McCarville in 2005 to earn All-America status. Zahui averaged 18.8 points, 12.9 rebounds and 4.1 blocks per game this season.

Zahui is one of a small crop of top women's players who are eligible for the WNBA draft, despite not being finished with their college eligibility.

Notre Dame's All-American guard Jewell Loyd is among them. While just a junior, Loyd is 22 years old, making her draft eligible, according to WNBA rules.

Irish coach Muffet McGraw said that Loyd initiated a meeting with her a few weeks ago to talk about her future. McGraw said that Loyd acknowledged her WNBA eligibility and assured McGraw she would be returning.

Last week, at the Oklahoma City Regional where the Irish were playing, Loyd said she was "focused on Notre Dame."

Florida State sophomore guard Leticia Romero, a native of Spain, is the other high-profile player eligible to enter the WNBA draft.

Florida State coach Sue Semrau said Saturday that Romero, who averaged 11.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game for the Seminoles after a highly publicized transfer from Kansas State, is "definitely not leaving."

Graham Hays and Mechelle Voepel also contributed to this report.