Mystics take Texas guard Ariel Atkins in first round of WNBA draft

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DeShields was projected to be the top pick in last year's draft but opted to return to Tennessee. He believed he needed only to fill a few gaps. For every woman picked, those who hadn't yet been selected were among the first to applaud and cheer loudly.

Atkins, a 5-foot-11 guard from the University of Texas, was selected by the Washington Mystics in the draft's first round.

Billings led the Pac-12 in rebounds and double-doubles this season. She was a two-time member of the Pac-12's All-Conference Team and All-Defensive Team, and averaged 15.3 points and 9.5 rebounds for the Bruins this season. In her final season for The Patriots, she broke the single season scoring record with 653 points and an NCAA D1 single-season rebounding record with 563 rebounds.

Wilson is the sixth SEC player taken at the top of the WNBA Draft and the first since Candace Parker (Tennessee) in 2008. Even with all of her experience in the game of basketball, Wilson is ready to learn how to become even better in her first year as a professional basketball player.

Players the Sky could take include Ohio State guard Kelsey Mitchell, Tennessee guard Diamond DeShields and CT forwards Azurá Stevens and Gabby Williams. Robinson is about to graduate from Princeton, and the New York Liberty chose her with the 34th pick in the draft (the tenth pick of the third round).

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She's done a whole lot of both already. The Storm, with the fifth overall pick, could snag Canada as the heir to Bird's throne. And she is considering a brief basketball career overseas.

She will be the eighth player from the Zags to sign with a WNBA team. "She is obviously a great kid". Lawrence is now the highest drafted player from the SoCon.

"He definitely liked that I was able to get up and down the floor quickly", Atkins said, "but he wanted me to extend my range from the three-point line". Holmes will sit out the 2018 season because she is pregnant. She's got a couple inches on most of the point guard group. It is the first time in program history WVU has had three straight selections.

Thompson was emotional on ESPNU's broadcast.

"I am just so proud of the character that she's shown, to translate her talent to being a reality", Close added. "I'm excited that she went to play for Dan Hughes in Seattle and I look forward to watching her at the next level". One of Tina's comments to me was. she has the same mentality that Tamika Catchings did throughout her career.

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"I just want to say thank you to everyone at Baylor for having my back through the ups and downs", Wallace said.

If she was exhausted Thursday by all the media obligations and attention, she didn't show it, watching a video of National Basketball Association star Blake Griffin congratulating her over and over, posing for countless photos, talking to ESPN analysts and even taking a spin in the DJ booth.

She was one of three Huskies taken in the first round.

"I think it's quality at multiple positions, quality bigs, quality small forwards, some quality shooting guards and some pretty good point guards and combo guards", Stocks said.

"I just think the overall popularity of the game is growing, whether it's in viewership or attendance".

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