(New York) Thursday night A’Ja Wilson the 2018 National Consensus player of the year was the number one overall draft pick in the WNBA Draft.

Selected by the Las Vegas Aces , the 6’5″ Forward from Hopkins, South Carolina also became the first player from the University of South Carolina to be selected number one in the draft. Last season Wilson led the Gamecocks to 29 wins against 7 losses and a spot in NCAA Tournament Elite Eight.

 

Former University of South Carolina Forward A’Ja Wilson ( Photo: WNBA Twitter)

 

During the 2017-18 season at South Carolina Wilson averaged 22.9 points ,12 rebounds  and blocked 3 shots per game. Those numbers should make an immediate impact in the league helping the Aces (formerly the San Antonio Stars) who finished last season with only 8 wins against 26 losses last season.

 


The second overall pick in the 2018 draft was Ohio State Guard Kelsey Mitchell ; a 5’8″ Guard from Cincinnati, Ohio who was first team All Big 10 for four straight years and a three time Big 10 Player of the Year. Mitchell will be pretty close to home with her new team the Indiana Fever, who finished last season with a record of 9 wins against 25 losses. The Chicago Sky followed Indiana with two selections picking former Tennessee  Volunteer Diamond DeShields and Uconn Forward Gabby Williams at numbers three and four. The Seattle Storm closed out the top five selections taking UCLA Guard Jordin Canada.

 

 

Thursday night’s  draft was packed with excitement as current  NBA Stars reached out to the future WNBA stars with congratulatory messages adding more highlights to the festivities.

 

2018 WNBA Draft Results :

First Round

1. Las Vegas Aces: A’ja Wilson, C, South Carolina

2. Indiana Fever: Kelsey Mitchell, G, Ohio State

3. Chicago Sky: Diamond DeShields, SG, Tennessee

4. Chicago Sky: Gabby Williams, SF, UConn

5. Seattle Storm: Jordin Canada, PG, UCLA

6. Dallas Wings: Azura Stevens, PF, UConn

7. Washington Mystics: Ariel Atkins, SG, Texas

8. Indiana Fever: Victoria Vivians, SG, Mississippi State

9. Connecticut Sun: Lexie Brown, PG, Duke

10. New York Liberty: Kia Nurse, SG, UConn

11. Los Angeles Sparks: Maria Vadeeva, C, Russia

12. Phoenix Mercury: Marie Gulich, C, Oregon State

Second Round

13. Las Vegas Aces: Jaime Nared, G/F, Tennessee

14. Indiana Fever: Stephanie Mavunga, F, Ohio State

15. Atlanta Dream: Monique Billings, F, UCLA

16. Atlanta Dream: Kristy Wallace, G, Baylor

17. Minnesota Lynx: Ji-Su Park, C, South Korea

18. Dallas Wings: Loryn Goodwin, PG, Oklahoma State

19. Washington Mystics: Myisha Hines-Allen, SF, Louisville

20. Phoenix Mercury: Tyler Scaife, SG, Rutgers

21. Phoenix Mercury: Raisa Musina, PF, Russia

22. New York Liberty: Mercedes Russell, C, Tennessee

23. Los Angeles Sparks: Shakayla Thomas, SF, Florida State

24. Minnesota Lynx: Kahlia Lawrence, PG, Mercer

Third Round

25. Las Vegas Aces: Raigyne Louis, SG, LSU

26. Phoenix Mercury: Imani Wright, SG, Florida State

27. Atlanta Dream: Mackenzie Engram, PF, Georgia

28. Chicago Sky: Amarah Coleman, SG, DePaul

29. Seattle Storm: Teana Muldrow, SF, West Virginia

30. Dallas Wings: Natalie Butler, C, George Mason

31. Washington Mystics: Rebecca Greenwell, SG, Duke

32. Las Vegas Aces: Jill Barta, SG, Gonzaga

33. Connecticut Sun: Mikayla Cowling, PF, Cal

34. New York Liberty: Leslie Robinson, SF, Princeton

35. Los Angeles Sparks: Julia Reisingerova, C, Czech Republic

36. Minnesota Lynx: Carlie Wagner, SG, Minnesota

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