Kelsey Plum goes No. 1 in WNBA draft

With the first pick in the third round (25th overall), the Stars selected Tennessee forward/center Schaquilla Nunn.

With Tennessee Volunteers junior guard Diamond DeShields electing to return to school, Plum was the obvious choice at No. 1. Last year, four-time NCAA champion (and now 2016 WNBA Rookie of the Year) Breanna Stewart stole the show as the No. 1 pick, signing with the Seattle Storm.

"It's been such an incredible experience to be part of this draft", Wiese said.

The Liberty's first selection came at No. 14 overall, and they opted for Notre Dame point guard Lindsay Allen.

Such is life for the general manager of the San Antonio Stars, who hold the No. 1 pick in Thursday nights WNBA draft.

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. Alaina Coates of SC went to the Chicago Sky with the No. 2 pick, and Evelyn Akhator of Kentucky went to the Dallas Wings at No. 3.

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"I've been dreaming about it for so long", Plum said.

After Plum, players from South Carolina's national championship squad dominated the first round.

Her 15.3 rebounds per game combined with Plum's 31.7 points per game made them the first pair of teammates in NCAA history to lead the nation in rebounding and scoring in the same season. I knew that it was something I wanted to do but it wasn't something that I watched like that. “Theres a lot of interest at No. 1 as Im sure there is every year. "I'm excited for Allisha and I, and also for SC having three [picked] in the first round". Staley, also recently named head coach of the 2020 US women's Olympic team, announced the first overall pick, Washington guard Kelsey Plum. "I'm going to go in and be super competitive and tough and see what happens". It means something to me if you're banging in the post and you can get your shot up, or you prevent your person from scoring. Brionna Jones of Maryland went to CT with the eighth pick. Diggins, a formidable athlete in her own right, will now have a running mate who can match her electric tempo and fits in perfectly with what the Wings are trying to do offensively. She sat out the 2013 season, her senior year, due to an injury.

"I was like why would L.A. want me?" I've played with Moriah (Jefferson) before, phenomenal player. "For them to still take a chance on me, they obviously see potential and they believe in me and so I'm thankful they took a chance like that with me". I think I'm still coming off the national championship high.

"Timing is everything", she said. She joins a Stars team that went a WNBA-worst 7-27. "It's super cool and I'm thankful for the opportunity that L.A. has given me". Gray talked about her decision to enter the draft early.

"[Osahor] will definitely be in a training camp", said Lobo.

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