Washington Co.'s Allisha Gray selected in WNBA Draft

"My overall ability to play different positions gives me an advantage", Coffey said. "The most important thing was the rookies were happy". I'm so blessed to have played with each and every one of you, what an incredible group of women! "That's just the competitor in me".

Washington Husky center Chantel Osahor is off to Chicago.

Chicago drafted Alaina Coates with the second pick.

There, Coffey will be selected in the WNBA Draft, kickstarting the professional career for arguably the best player in Wildcats program history.

The WNBA moved the draft to NY after a successful stint at Connecticuts Mohegan Sun the last few years.

"I was getting really nervous, so I had my best friend talk to me about my puppy at home", Coffey, who was selected by the San Antonio Stars said about waiting to hear her name called. "She always starts things off with 'if you want to get here, you need to do A, B and C.' Luckily, we had someone who has been here and was successful here".

Tiffany Mitchell was drafted in the first round, ninth overall, last year, tied with to others as the highest drafted player. "Use your veterans, use your coaches, and be students of the game".

Gray, who played one year at SC after transferring from North Carolina, was a versatile guard for the Gamecocks who even played power forward as USC worked through injuries in the post. We feel like she really fits in to what we're trying to build here.

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"She has great potential", Lobo said. "I couldn't be happier for them". It's special and I'm super excited.

Plum was taken No. 1 by the San Antonio Stars. "But if she can develop (her ball handling) she'll be more of a threat as time goes on because she can play the "3" and '4'". Both are expected to be taken in the first round.

"She's the complete package". "And she smiled at me".

"The best advice is, stay true to themselves", she said. It's uncertain when she'll be able to get back to playing, although she sounded like she expects it will be this season.

Immediately after the draft, Gray was interviewed by ESPN's Shelley Smith, who pointed out how much versatility Gray showed last season in helping SC to the NCAA women's national championship and noted her athletic siblings.

The 6-foot-4 Coates, an Irmo native and Dutch Fork High graduate, updated the ankle injury which robbed her of the chance to be on the floor for the Gamecocks' first national championship. The 6-3 Nunn averaged 4.8 points and 4.5 rebounds in her one season with the Lady Vols. She averaged 31.7 points this past season - 25.4 for her career - and helped Washington advance to the Final Four in 2016 and the Sweet 16 this year. She also won the Wade Trophy as the NCAA Division I Player of the Year, and was named Associated Press and Pac-12 Player of the Year.

"It's very exciting, and I'm very nervous, and my heart's pumping", Coates said on her TV interview.

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