Arizona Dominates Athletes Unlimited College Draft
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Jessie Harper, Dejah Mulipola, and Alyssa Denham were three of twelve NCAA Softball players picked in the first ever Athletes Unlimited College Draft Show on Monday.
Arizona was the only school to have multiple players drafted, and dominated with its three draftees. They will join Wildcat alumnae Danielle O'Toole and Katiyana Mauga in Rosemont, Illinois for season 2 of Athletes Unlimited this summer. The upcoming season will take place beginning Aug. 28.
Jessie Harper will finish her career in the top four in NCAA history in career home runs (currently 89). She leads all active players in the NCAA in both home runs (89) and RBI (246). Harper is a two-time All-American at two different positions (1B – 2017, SS – 2019) and has been first-team all-conference and all-region in every season the awards were given out. She also finished first or second in the Pac-12 all four seasons.
Dejah Mulipola is a member of the U.S. Olympic Team and received the Johnny Bench and the NFCA Catcher of the Year honors as the nation's top backstop as a junior in 2019. Mulipola will finish her career in the Arizona top-10 for career home runs; her 62 homers currently rank ninth in UA history and 14th in Pac-12 history. She is a two-time all-conference and all-region catcher and will finish in the top-five in Arizona history in both career putouts and fielding percentage.
Alyssa Denham has posted an excellent 65-18 record over her five-year career. In four seasons at Arizona, has posted sub-2.00 ERAs every season, and is currently in the UA top-10 for career ERA in the yellow ball era (1994-current). Denham is a two-time all-conference pitcher and has thrown three no-hitters in her career, the first UA pitcher to throw multiple no hitters since Kenzie Fowler (2010-14).
Athletes Unlimited will play its second softball season in the Village of Rosemont, Illinois at the Parkway Bank Sports Complex in late August 2021. The league held its inaugural season in the Village of Rosemont in 2020 consisting of 30 games with 57 softball players from around the world. The Athletes Unlimited league plays for six straight weeks and the teams change weekly. The league has a unique scoring system where all players can win or lose points as individuals and as a team.
The three seniors are preparing for their senior weekends this week, as the Wildcats will host UCLA for a four-game series beginning on Thursday at Hillenbrand Stadium.