USC's Camille LeNoir Selected In WNBA Draft
April 9, 2009
USC senior point guard Camille LeNoir earned a second-round selection in today's 2009 WNBA Draft, chosen by the Washington Mystics as the 23rd pick overall. LeNoir becomes the eighth Trojan to be selected in the WNBA Draft and the third to go in the second round.
Entering this year's draft, USC has had 11 athletes go on to play in the WNBA, seven of whom were selected in the draft. Two athletes were chosen as members of the 1997 Inaugural Elite Selection - Cynthia Cooper and Lisa Leslie. The last Trojan to be drafted was second-round pick Shay Murphy in 2007. Coincidentally, Murphy is now on the Washington Mystics roster, so the two Women of Troy will have the chance to play on the same floor once again. Murphy and LeNoir entered USC a year apart, but a season-ending hip injury sidelined LeNoir for what would have been her junior season and what was Murphy's senior season in 2006-07.
LeNoir completed her USC playing career just last month with an outstanding senior season in which she started 30 games and played in all 32 and led the Trojans in scoring with 13.2 points per game. Named to All-Pac-10 Second Team and to the Pac-10 All-Tournament Team, LeNoir averaged 16 points and 5.5 assists during the Pac-10 Tournament. She joined elite company early in her senior season when she broke the 1,000- point mark on Nov. 16, 2008 at the Wolfpack Invitational in Raleigh, N.C. She went on to move up to No. 13 all-time by the end of the season with 1,396 career points. LeNoir also passed up Trojan greats Cynthia Cooper and Cheryl Miller in career assists list with 466, including a new career-high 9 assists vs. Stanford (3/1/09), and took over No. 3 all-time in career 3-pointers (154). Named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Feb. 9, 2009, LeNoir also had a season-high 25 points in USC's upset of California on March 14 in the Pac-10 Tournament semifinals. She hit double figures in 23 games and led USC in scoring in 11 games, finishing the season ranked No. 10 in the conference in scoring, No. 3 in 3FG% (.396), No. 4 in assists (3.9 apg) and No. 7 in steals (1.6 spg).
In her USC career, LeNoir served up an average of 11.4 points, 3.8 assists, 1.5 steals, 2.4 rebounds and 25.1 minutes per game. She is No. 13 all-time in scoring with 1,396 career points and is No. 3 in career 3-pointers (154) and in assists (466). She is one of 21 Women of Troy to reach the 1,000-point mark. LeNoir opened her USC career by earning All-Freshman Honorable Mention in 2004-05 and went on to gather All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention as a sophomore in 2005-06 before having to redshirt the next year due to a hip injury. As a redshirt junior, LeNoir was picked to the All-Pac-10 Third Team. In her senior year, LeNoir followed up her 2009 All-Pac-10 Second Team selection with Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention. LeNoir will be graduating with a major in sociology and a minor in business entrepreneurship.
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