2017 WNBA Draft

The 2017 WNBA Draft took place on April 13th, 2017 at Samsung 837 in New York City. The 2017 WNBA Draft class is headlined has notable prospects like Kelsey Plum of Washington, Alaina Coates of South Carolina and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough of Maryland. The San Antonio Stars won the WNBA Draft Lottery and selected 1st overall.

Draft Results (All 3-Rounds):

1st Round (click player name to watch selection)

Pick Player Selection  Position Team Selection Drafted From
1st Kelsey Plum Point Guard San Antonio Stars Washington
2nd Alaina Coates Center Chicago Sky South Carolina
3rd Evelyn Akhator Forward Dallas Wings Kentucky
4th Allisha Gray Guard Dallas Wings South Carolina
5th Nia Coffey Forward San Antonio Stars Northwestern
6th Shatori Walker-Kimbrough Guard Washington Mystics Maryland
7th Brittney Sykes Guard Atlanta Dream Syracuse
8th Brionna Jones Center Connecticut Sun Maryland
9th Tori Jankoska Guard Chicago Sky Michigan State
10th Kaela Davis Guard Dallas Wings South Carolina
11th Sydney Wiese Guard Los Angeles Sparks Oregon State
12th Alexis Jones Guard Minnesota Lynx Baylor

2nd Round

Pick Player Selection  Position Team Selection Drafted From
13th Shayla Cooper Forward Connecticut Sun Ohio State
14th Lindsay Allen Guard New York Liberty Notre Dame
15th Alexis Peterson Guard Seattle Storm Syracuse
16th Leticia Romero Guard Connecticut Sun Florida State
17th Erica McCall Forward Indiana Fever Stanford
18th Jennie Simms Guard Washington Mystics Old Dominion
19th Jordan Reynolds Guard Atlanta Dream Tennessee
20th Feyonda Fitzgerald Guard Indiana Fever Temple
21st Chantel Osahor Forward Chicago Sky Washington
22nd Ronni Williams Forward Indiana Fever Florida
23rd Breanna Lewis Center Dallas Wings Kansas State
24th Lisa Berkani Guard Minnesota Lynx USO Mondeville

3rd Round

Pick Player Selection  Position Team Selection Drafted From
25th Schaquilla Nunn Forward San Antonio Stars Tennessee
26th Saniya Chong Guard Dallas Wings Connecticut
27th Mehryn Kraker Forward Washington Mystics Green Bay
28th Jessica January Guard Connecticut Sun DePaul
29th Alexis Prince Guard Phoenix Mercury Baylor
30th Lanay Montgomery Center Seattle Storm West Virginia
31st Oderah Chidom Forward Atlanta Dream Duke
32nd Adrienne Motley Guard Indiana Fever Miami
33rd Makayla Epps Guard Chicago Sky Kentucky
34th Kai James Center New York Liberty Florida State
35th Saicha Grant-Allen Center Los Angeles Sparks Dayton
36th Tahlia Tupaea Guard Minnesota Lynx Sydney Uni Flames

Player Quotes:

San Antonio Stars logo Kelsey Plum – San Antonio Stars 

  • On getting drafted: “My sister was next to me. I just kind of touched her and took a deep breath. It’s an unreal feeling. I’ve been dreaming about it for so long. I’m just very grateful.”
  • On going to San Antonio: “I’m really excited. Coach Vickie [Johnson] has a great plan from what I hear. I’ve played with Moriah [Jefferson] before. She’s a phenomenal player. I’m a big fan of Kayla McBride. I’ve watched throughout her entire collegiate career and in the pros. I’m just grateful for the opportunity. I’m going to make the most of it.”

Chicago Sky logo Alaina Coates – Chicago Sky

  • On getting drafted: “I’m just really excited. I think I’m still coming off the national championship high. I didn’t get to do anything except watch a TV screen, but I was still part of the team. I’m really excited about that and happy that happened. For me to go number two especially with my situation, I’m really excited about that as well.”
  • On going to Chicago: “It means a lot. I feel like they saw the potential in me and liked the résumé that I built throughout my career at South Carolina. It really spoke for itself for them to still pick me as a No. 2.”
  • Competition in the WNBA: “I actually welcome it. As a big person, I don’t know if it’s because I always went against my dad in the driveway, but I actually enjoy the physicality. It means something to me that if you’re playing in the post, you can still get your shot off and if you’re playing in the post and you prevent your person from scoring. It’s something I’m looking forward to. I know I’m probably going to get beat up as a rookie, but I’m looking forward to it.”

Washington Mystics logo Shatori Walker-Kimbrough – Washington Mystics

  • On getting ready to play for the Mystics: “Absolutely. Not only to get to play against those veterans in a game, but I get to play against them in practice. I know they’re going to help me be the best Shatori I can be. Along with Coach Thibault, I feel like he’s a phenomenal coach. He used to come to our practices. I remember seeing him as a Freshman not knowing who he is. Now calling him coach, it seems surreal.”
  • Preparing to play in the WNBA: “Getting stronger. Put some pounds on to be able to take that bump offensively, but also be able to give that bump defensively as well.”

Connecticut Sun logo Brionna Jones – Connecticut Sun

  • On being drafted in same draft as team mate Shatori Walker-Kimbrough: “Playing for Coach [Brenda] Friese. She’s a great coach, she makes her players better. And I think that shows how much Shatori and me improved during our freshman year. I’m really happy for Shatori and can’t wait to see what life turns out for her.”

Minnesota Lynx logoAlexis Jones – Minnesota Lynx

  • On going to be learning under Lynx’s veteran guards: “It’s going to be a great experience for me. They have some great players – Maya Moore, Seimone Augustus. I’m just really excited to be playing with them. I’ve been playing with them my whole entire life and to finally be on the court playing with them is going to be really, really exciting.”
  • On the skills she brings to Minnesota: “I’m going to work on my defensive side and just keep doing what I’ve been doing in the gym, working on my shot, working on my picks and rolls, and working on my quickness ability and just trying to be that player for the Minnesota Lynx. Wherever they need me on the court, I’m going to help out. Hopefully we can win another championship with them.”

Indiana Fever logo Erica McCall – Indiana Fever

  • On playing for Stanford and joining the Fever: “It’s been amazing. There were unbelievable experiences that I had at Stanford. Being able to play with a coach that has 1,000 wins is pretty darn cool. There are so many things I’ll take with me on and off the court as well as my teammates such as Chiney [Ogwumike] and Nneka [Ogwumike]. They gave me a lot of tips I can take to the WNBA so I’m excited.”
  • On what part of her game will translate to the league: “I think my rebounding and my ability to knock down that 15-foot shot. They’ll just attack the basket. I think that’s the best ability that I have. I’m pretty consistent with those, so I think if I do that well it will be cool.”

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