Three Pac-12 players selected in WNBA Draft
By the Pac-12 Conference
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Fresh off leading her squad to the program's first-ever NCAA Women's Final Four, CALIFORNIA's Layshia Clarendon was selected in the first round of the 2013 WNBA Draft, which was held in Bristol, Conn., on Monday night. Joining her among the 2013 draftee class were ARIZONA's Davellyn Whyte and COLORADO's Chucky Jeffery, who were both picked in the second round.
A guard, Layshia Clarendon (San Bernardino, Calif.) was the ninth overall pick and was selected by the Indiana Fever. The Fever are the defending WNBA champions. Clarendon had a banner season, helping the Bears record their first 30-win campaign in addition to the program's first-ever Final Four appearance. The Bears also captured the program's first-ever Pac-12 regular-season title, earning a share of the crown with another program-record 17 league wins. Clarendon averaged 16.4 points per game en route to earning All-Pac-12 honors as well as honorable mention All-America nods by the Associated Press and WBCA.
Also a guard, Davellyn Whyte (Phoenix, Ariz.) was selected with the fourth pick in the second round (16th overall) by the San Antonio Silver Stars. Whyte ended her career at Arizona scoring over 2,000 points, ranking among the top-15 scorers in Pac-12 history and second all-time at UA. Whyte is a four-time All-Pac-12 pick and was the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in 2010. This season, she averaged 16.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game to lead the team in both categories. She did not average fewer than 15.7 ppg in her four seasons in Tucson.
Chucky Jeffery (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was selected with the last pick in the second round and 24th overall by the Minnesota Lynx. A versatile guard, she led Colorado in scoring (13.7 ppg), assists (4.0 apg), rebounds (8.2 rpg) and steals (2.2 spg). She helped the Buffs reach the NCAA Tournament, the program's first appearance in the postseason event since 2004. A two-time All-Pac-12 honoree, Jeffery was named the USBWA's National Player of the Week in December. She is the only player in the history of the program to amass 1,600 points, 900 rebounds and 400 assists.
For full coverage of the WNBA Draft and information on the WNBA teams, visit www.wnba.com. Teams begin preseason play on May 9 and 11. The regular season tips off with Indiana visiting San Antonio on May 24.