UConn Trio Taken in WNBA First Round

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"God's plan was greater", Goodwin said in a news release. "My heart was pounding before she announced the pick".

While Victoria Vivians, who went eighth to the Indiana Fever, jokingly said she would never reveal any of the contents of the group text ("It's private!"), she turned serious when talking about her new friends.

"What happens in Sin City stays in Sin City", Wilson said laughing.

Wilson, who was the consensus Player of the Year in women's college basketball this season, was drafted by No. 1 overall by the Las Vegas Aces. The Fairfield native went 104-0 with four state championships in high school before attending Gonzaga.

A'Ja Wilson, Lexie Brown, Jordin Canada, Diamond DeShields, Kelsey Mitchell, Kia Nurse, Victoria Vivians, Monique Billings, Azura Stevens and Gabby Williams all were invited to attend Thursday's proceedings in NY.

Finally, the WNBA is a women's league - it really doesn't matter what you did in college.

Seattle: Jordin Canada, UCLA. She has the size, quickness and skills to be a strong defender even against the WNBA's wings and shooting guards, who typically are the most hard players to guard.

With scores of friends and family members inside Nike Headquarters for the WNBA Draft or gathered elsewhere in Midtown for a celebration to follow long into the NY night, Azura Stevens on Thursday will cross the finish line of a unique amateur-to-professional journey. Washington drafted Ariel Atkins of Texas seventh. Lexie Brown was picked ninth by CT.

NY took Kia Nurse ninth and Los Angeles drafted 19-year-old Russian star Maria Vadeeva with the 11th pick. A starter during all four her seasons with Connecticut, Nurse averaged 11.4 points per game during her career.

Each of the next seven players expected to be picked could end up as the No. 2 overall selection. "But, it really doesn't matter", McGee-Stafford said. CT was the only other school to send multiple players to the draft festivities. One of Tina's comments to me was. she has the same mentality that Tamika Catchings did throughout her career. "She can attack the basket and with one dribble cover a tremendous amount of ground", he said. The WNBA draft is April 12 at the Nike headquarters in NY. The athletic apparel company is a global partner and outfitter for the WNBA this season.

The WNBA opens training camp on April 29.

PRESIDENTIAL CONNECTIONS: Former President Barack Obama's niece, Leslie Robinson, was taken in the third round by the New York Liberty.

She solidified Minnesota's second NCAA tourney bid in her career by averaging 26.5 points to earn All-Big tournament honors. Duke's alumnae turned in outstanding seasons in the WNBA in 2017 that included All-Star nods by Jasmine Thomas and Elizabeth Williams.

Wooden Award victor is the first player selected by the Aces since the WNBA announced the franchise was relocating from San Antonio to Sin City last fall. Alpha Kappa Alpha was the first African American sorority starting at Howard in 1908.

Stevens said she sought no outside input from WNBA scouts or coaches before declaring for the draft. Father and son were taken in the baseball draft.

They also have Atlanta's first pick, which became No. 3 when the Dream also missed the playoffs.

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