2017 WNBA Draft: Kelsey Plum is the No. 1 pick, Sydney Wiese, Erica McCall, Chantel Osahor also drafted
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. In addition to Plum, Oregon State's Sydney Wiese also went in the first round to Los Angeles at No. 11, while Stanford's Erica McCall and Washington's Chantel Osahor went in the second round 17th and 21st to Indiana and Chicago, respectively.
The NCAA’s No. 1 all-time leading scorer went No. 1 in the WNBA Draft, as Washington’s Kelsey Plum was selected first overall by the San Antonio Stars. Not much of a surprise here, as Plum was named the Wooden Award winner, AP Player of the Year and Pac-12 Player of the Year after a senior season in which she scored an NCAA single-season-record 1,109 points and led the Huskies to a second-straight Sweet 16 appearance.
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Plum is the fourth No. 1 WNBA Draft pick in Pac-12 history, joining USC’s Tina Thompson in 1997, Stanford’s Nneka Ogwumike in 2012 and Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike in 2014. She joins a Stars team that went a WNBA-worst 7-27.
Sydney Wiese did a lot of winning at Oregon State, leading the Beavs to four NCAA Tournaments, three Pac-12 championships and a Final Four berth in 2016, and she'll get the chance to do some more right away in the WNBA, as Wiese was selected 11th overall by the defending-champion Los Angeles Sparks. The Headband is coming off a 2016-17 campaign that saw her top 100 made 3-pointers for the second time in her career and average a career-best 15.2 points per game. For her senior-year efforts, Wiese was named an All-American and the Senior CLASS Award winner.
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Wiese, the Pac-12's all-time leading 3-point maker, gives the Pac-12 two first-round draft picks for the first time since 2011, when Stanford teammates Kayla Pedersen and Jeanette Pohlen both went in the top 10.
Just a couple of weeks after helping lead Stanford to the Final Four for the second time in her career, Erica McCall was taken 17th overall (second round) by the Indiana Fever. McCall averaged at least 14.0 points and 9.0 rebounds for the second straight year in 2016-17, earning her AP All-American honorable mention and All-Pac-12 honors.
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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. She is the second Cardinal player selected by the Fever all-time, following Indiana choosing Jeanette Pohlen with the No. 9 pick back in 2011.
Not long after McCall went 17th, fellow frontcourt standout Chantel Osahor also went in the second round to the Chicago Sky with the No. 21 pick. Known for her ability to lasso in missed shots and her standing 3-pointers (hey, I'm not gonna argue with 37 percent from deep this year), Osahor helped Kelsey Plum push Washington to another Sweet 16 appearance by averaging 15.8 points and 15.3 rebounds per game as a senior in 2016-17. The lefty made headlines earlier this year by hauling in a Pac-12-record 30 (yes, 30) rebounds in a win at Washington State in January.
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Osahor's selection by the Sky gives Washington two picks in the same WNBA Draft for the first time in program history, and she is the fifth Husky to ever be drafted into the W.