“I know I’m probably going to get beat up as a rookie, but I’m looking forward to it”, Coates said. “There was just so much happiness”.
“It’s interesting because if all of the players who could have declared had declared, it would have been considered a much deeper draft, but I’d say it’s a solid draft and definitely deep in the guard position”, ESPN analyst Rebecca Lobo said. It’s just a lot of motivation for me when I do come back. Staley, also recently named head coach of the 2020 USA women’s Olympic team, announced the first overall pick, Washington guard Kelsey Plum.
To acquire Delle Donne, a restricted free agent, the Mystics dealt this year’s No. 2 overall pick, center Stefanie Dolson and guard Kahleah Copper to the Chicago Sky.
McCall’s selection gives Stanford at least one WNBA Draft pick for the third time in the last four years and sixth in the last eight. “That’s something she’s always been preparing myself and teammates since we got to South Carolina”, Davis said.
Coffey’s name is littered throughout Northwestern record books. He and his wife, Pam, are eager to travel to watch their daughter in the next stage of her career. The Gamecocks had had three players total drafted in the first round before tonight. “Use your veterans, use your coaches, and be students of the game”.
“I don’t think there’s going to be one player who comes in and really blows anybody away”, said Robison.
In the days leading up to the WNBA draft, speculation mounted that there was a chance the Stars might draft Plum and trade her.
“Timing is everything”, she said. “If San Antonio wants to keep me, great. I’m grateful they see my potential”. “I’m excited whatever it is”.
Plum was taken No. 1 by the San Antonio Stars. Three Gamecocks are expected to be taken in the first round. But according to ESPN, they have now chose to keep the Huskies guard.
“She’s the complete package”.
“(She’s has an) incredible skill set”, Riley said of Coffey. She hopes to be able to play this season.
A four-time All-SEC selection, Coates finished her four seasons as the program’s all-time leader in career field goal percentage (.620) and career defensive rebounds (850).
Davis enjoyed just one season as a Gamecock after transferring into the program from Georgia Tech, and her presence helped deliver South Carolina’s first NCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship in 2017.
Syracuse guard Alexis Peterson was an offensive threat in the ACC this season, averaging 23.4 points per game. Plum was finished her career at Washington as a two time All-American and was the 2017 John R. Wooden Award victor. She also won the Wade Trophy as the NCAA Division I Player of the Year, and was named Associated Press and Pac-12 Player of the Year. She averaged 31.7 points per game as a senior.
“It’s very exciting, and I’m very nervous, and my heart’s pumping”, Coates said on her TV interview.