Hoffman Goes Ninth To Indiana Fever
April 17, 2004
LOS ANGELES - USC women's basketball standout Ebony Hoffman was drafted on Saturday morning by the Indiana Fever as the ninth pick in the first round of the 2004 WNBA Draft. Hoffman, a 6-2 forward/center from Harbor City, becomes USC's first player to be drafted in the first round since Tina Thompson ('97) and Pam McGee ('84) were taken in 1997.
Thompson and McGee were selected as the No. 1 and No. 2 picks overall by the Houston Comets and Sacramento Monarchs, respectively, in the league's inaugural draft. The following year, Monica Lamb ('87) was picked up by the Houston Comets in the fourth round as the 40th pick overall.
Hoffman is undoubtedly USC's most celebrated player Thompson. A starter since her freshman season, Hoffman was one of the Pac-10's most dominating players over her four-year career. She was a three-time All-Pac-10 first team selection and was twice named to the WBCA Region VIII All-America team. She completed her career ranked among USC's top 10 in 11-of-13 categories, including points, scoring average, field goals made, three-pointers made, three-point percentage, rebounds, rebounding average, free throws made, free throw percentage, steals and blocked shots. Hoffman also became the first USC player since Cheryl Miller, and the first Pac-10 player to ever tally more than 1,500 career points, 1,000 rebounds and 245 steals.
Hoffman joins the ranks of four highly touted former Women of Troy currently competing in the WNBA, including Thompson, the Los Angeles Sparks' Lisa Leslie ('94), the Phoenix Mecury's Adrain Williams ('99) and the Houston Comets' Nicky McCrimmon ('94).