Gonzaga star Courtney Vandersloot became the highest drafted basketball player with local ties when the Chicago Sky selected her with the third pick in the WNBA Draft Monday afternoon.
The Sky added University High School graduate Angie Bjorklund, from Tennessee, in the second round, the 17th pick overall.
With Tacoma native Alex Montgomery, who averaged 14 points and 8 rebounds at Georgia Tech, going to the New York Liberty as the 10th pick in the first round, that's three players from Washington in the first 17 picks.
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“I’m so exited,” the 5-foot-8 point guard from
The Sky, 14-20 last season, is coached by Pokey Chapman, a former professional point guard as well as a long-time coach at LSU, which also excited Vandersloot.
“I’m excited to play for someone who knows how to teach it,” she said.
Vandersloot will return to
Vandersloot is the second Bulldog to be drafted. Vivian Frieson was taken in the third round, 31st overall, by
Vandersloot set number records, including the NCAA single season assist record and became the first player in NCAA history to score 2,000 points and hand out 1,000 assists.
Bjorklund, who set a Tennessee record with 305 3-pointers and finished 20th on the Lady Vols' career scoring list with more than 1,400 points, is the fourth Greater Spokane League player to be picked. Two seasons ago Briann January (Lewis and Clark/Arizona State) was the sixth pick by Indiana. Prior to that, Emily Westerberg (Central Valley/ASU) went to Phoenix in the third round in 2007 but she elected not to play. Stacy Clinesmith (Mead/UC Santa Barbar) was a second-round pick in 200 and played three seasons.