It was just a couple of weeks ago that two SEC teams — South Carolina and Mississippi State — were battling it out for the right to take home the 2017 women’s basketball national championship. But that was not the end of a great run for the conference.
On Thursday, that hot streak kept going, as three former stars were selected in the top four of the 2017 WNBA Draft, and another was selected in the top ten. After all-time leading NCAA scorer Kelsey Plum (Washington) went first overall, Alaina Coates (South Carolina), Evelyn Akhator (Kentucky), and Allisha Gray (South Carolina) were selected with the following three picks. That was followed up by selection of Kaela Davis, also a former Gamecock, 10th overall.
SEC Country’s Mike Wilson reports that when asked about what four top ten selections coming from the SEC program meant for the conference, Davis said, “I think it’s huge. Starting off it was huge for us to have two SEC teams in the national title game. To have three kids from the same team and the SEC as well, I think it really just makes the SEC stand out and shows what the SEC is about.”
Of those four players, all but Coates were selected by the Dallas Wings, who acquired the 4th and 10th picks in trades.