Washington County's Gray goes fourth in WNBA draft
Apr 14 2017 by Alex Thomas
Washington's Kelsey Plum was taken first overall by the San Antonio Stars, highlighting four Pac-12 players who were selected in the 2017 WNBA Draft Thursday night. She, too, wouldnt rule out making a draft-day trade.
"I'm just really excited wherever I end up", Plum said. "The most important thing was the rookies were happy". I know how they develop and utilize their players to the best of their ability. "That's just the competitor in me". Staley, also recently named head coach of the 2020 USA women's Olympic team, announced the first overall pick, Washington guard Kelsey Plum.
Chicago took Alaina Coates with the second pick.
"I think we put ourselves in that position that was pretty much set for us before the season started and after last season", Wings coach Fred Williams said.
After her sophomore season, she transferred to SC.
Coffey's name is littered throughout Northwestern record books. "You need everything without her". San Antonio averaged a league-low 72 points per game last season and could use Plum's scoring might.
Former Oregon State star Sydney Wiese is projected to be a top-10 overall pick, after former Beavers Jamie Weisner and Ruth Hamblin were both second-round selections a year ago.
"It would be awesome to stay in Chicago", she said.
"She has great potential", Lobo said. "If San Antonio wants to keep me, great". "I couldn't be happier for them". "It's a little nerve-wracking, but I'm excited".
With Tennessee Volunteers junior guard Diamond DeShields electing to return to school, Plum was the obvious choice at No. 1. Regarding the physical challenge at the next level, she said, "I welcome it".
For Jones, and the other 35 women that were selected tonight, basketball has now brought them through college and to the mountain top of professional women's basketball, the WNBA and tonight was just the first step.
"She's the complete package".
"She has tremendous upside", ESPN analyst LaChina Robinson said during a teleconference last week. Robinson says coaches will also have a hard time overlooking the value she can bring off the court, as well. I've gotten the opportunity to play with Moriah twice and Kayla, I watched her play in college and the pros and she's one of my favorite players. She is the all-time leading rebounder with 1,183 rebounds and is the second all-time leading scorer (2,287 points) and shot blocker (229 blocks).
Coates, an All-SEC first-team pick, confirmed reports that she had surgery on her injured right ankle after it cut her season with the NCAA tournament champion Gamecocks was cut short.
Kelsey Plum, the 5-foot-8 guard from the University of Washington, is still likely to be the top pick, but the Stars, who also own the fifth pick, are considering trading her. She averaged 31.7 points this past season - 25.4 for her career - and helped Washington advance to the Final Four in 2016 and the Sweet 16 this year.