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Seven SEC players taken in 2018 WNBA draft

46 days ago
SEC Staff

A total of seven SEC women's basketball players were taken in the 2018 WNBA draft, as the world's top female basketball prospects were selected live on prime time television for the sixth time in the league's 22-year history. The draft consisted of three rounds of 12 picks each.

The Las Vegas Aces took South Carolina's A'ja Wilson as the first overall pick for the first Southeastern Conference player of the draft. The SEC has had a first round pick every year except one (2014) with Wilson being the sixth overall No. 1 for the conference. Diamond DeShields, who graduated from Tennessee last year, went third overall to the Chicago Sky with Mississippi State's Victoria Vivians going eighth to the Indiana Fever.

The second round saw Jaime Nared of Tennessee going to the Las Vegas Aces the 13th pick, while her teammate Mercedes Russell was drafted by the New York Liberty as the 22nd pick. The third and final round of the draft had LSU's Raigyne Louis as the 25th pick to the Aces and Georgia's Mackenzie Engram being picked by the Atlanta Dream as the 27th pick.

This is the 13th time at least seven players from the league have been drafted and the 11th time that the SEC has had at least three first round picks. Overall, 156 SEC players have been taken in the WNBA draft.

Round 1

PICKTEAMPLAYERCOLLEGE/COUNTRYPOSITION

1LAS VEGAS ACESA'ja WilsonSOUTH CAROLINAFORWARD

2INDIANA FEVERKelsey MitchellOHIO STATEGUARD

3CHICAGO SKY(FROM ATLANTA)Diamond DeShieldsTENNESSEE / CUKOROVA (TURKEY)GUARD

4CHICAGO SKYGabby WilliamsCONNECTICUTFORWARD

5SEATTLE STORMJordin CanadaUCLAGUARD

6DALLAS WINGSAzura StevensCONNECTICUTFORWARD

7WASHINGTON MYSTICSAriel AtkinsTEXASGUARD

8INDIANA FEVER(FROM PHOENIX)Victoria ViviansMISSISSIPPI STATEGUARD

9CONNECTICUT SUNLexie BrownDUKEGUARD

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