2017 WNBA Draft Results: Complete Round-by-Round Selections and Twitter Reaction

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 14, 2017

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The WNBA draft featured some surprises early and some steals late as every team tried to set themselves up for the future.

Kelsey Plum was the obvious choice as the No. 1 overall pick to the San Antonio Stars. However, the rest of the draft was set up to be a mystery with varied opinion throughout the league. While it will be some time before we know which picks were the best, there was plenty of drama Thursday night.

Here are the full results from the draft in New York City:

2017 WNBA Draft Results
First Round
1San Antonio StarsKelsey PlumWashington
2Chicago SkyAlaina CoatesSouth Carolina
3Dallas WingsEvelyn AkhatorKentucky
4Dallas WingsAllisha GraySouth Carolina
5San Antonio StarsNia CoffeyNorthwestern
6Washington MysticsShatori Walker-KimbroughMaryland
7Atlanta DreamBrittney SykesSyracuse
8Connecticut SunBrionna JonesMaryland
9Chicago SkyTori JankoskaMichigan State
10Dallas WingsKaela DavisSouth Carolina
11Los Angeles SparksSydney WieseOregon State
12Minnesota LynxAlexis JonesBaylor
Second Round
13Connecticut SunShayla CooperOhio State
14New York LibertyLindsay AllenNotre Dame
15Seattle StormAlexis PetersonSyracuse
16Connecticut SunLeticia RomeroFlorida State
17Indiana FeverErica McCallStanford
18Washington MysticsJennie SimmsOld Dominion
19Atlanta DreamJordan ReynoldsTennessee
20Indiana FeverFeyonda FitzgeraldTemple
21Chicago SkyChantel OsahorWashington
22Indiana FeverRonni WilliamsFlorida
23Dallas WingsBreanna LewisKansas State
24Minnesota LynxLisa BerkaniFrance
Third Round
25San Antonio StarsSchaquilla NunnTennessee
26Dallas WingsSaniya ChongConnecticut
27Washington MysticsMehryn KrakerWisconsin Green-Bay
28Connecticut SunJessica JanuaryDePaul
29Phoenix MercuryAlexis PrinceBaylor
30Seattle StormLanay MontgomeryWest Virginia
31Atlanta DreamOderah ChidomDuke
32Indiana FeverAdrienne MotleyMiami (Fl.)
33Chicago SkyMakayla EppsKentucky
34New York LibertyKai JamesFlorida State
35Los Angeles SparksSaicha Grant-AllenDayton
36Minnesota LynxTahlia TupaeaAustralia

Plum was the clear top choice as the all-time leading scorer in women's college basketball history. The WNBA account captured the announcement:


Legend @dawnstaley announces @Kelseyplum10 as the No. 1 pick! #WDraft17 https://t.co/oxPou2Arbo

"When I was 10 years old, I told my mom I want to play in the WNBA," Plum told ESPN, per the Seattle Times.

The Washington guard averaged 31.7 points per game this past season and scored 3,527 points in her career, a scoring rate that could continue at the next level.

While the pick was expected, plenty were ready to react after the move became official:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Kelsey Plum just went No. 1 in the WNBA Draft. Reminder: she gets buckets πŸ”₯ https://t.co/4jBsiJFJgT

Markelle Fultz @MarkelleF

So proud of you, you deserve it and I can't wait to see you kill in the WNBA @Kelseyplum10 #F2G 😈

Kayla McBride @kaymac_2123

@Kelseyplum10 so excited to have you!!! can't wait to see what gets going when we get on the court together!!! enjoy your moment!!! #1 😊❀😊

A pair of South Carolina stars were also taken in the top five in Alaina Coates and Allisha Gray. Kaela DavisΒ was taken with the 10th overall pick to give the national champions three picks in the top 10, even with A'Ja Wilson returning to school.

Although Coates suffered an ankle injury and wasn't active for the team's impressive postseason run, she is a serious professional prospect thanks to her size and ability in the post.

The Chicago Sky acquired the No. 2 pick from the Washington Mystics while dealing away former MVP Elena Delle Donne, and will hope Coates can help fill the huge void.

One of the team's veterans, Tamera Young, sent a message of support:

Tamera Young @tyoung11

Welcome to Chicago Alaina Coates πŸ€—

Coates also discussed her injury after being selected, via ESPN Women's Hoops:

ESPN Women's Hoops @ESPN_WomenHoop

Alaina Coates on injury: "I have a couple more weeks in a cast, then I'll go to my doctor and we'll see where we'll go from there."

There was a bit more surprise at No. 3 with the selection of Evelyn Akhator out of Kentucky. The forward had been a bit overlooked by players on more successful teams, but still has upside for her WNBA career.

Adam Grosbard of the Dallas Morning News described the value in this pick for the Dallas Wings:

Adam Grosbard @AdamGrosbard

As a senior, Evelyn Akhator averaged a double-double for Kentucky. Dallas Wings needed some rebounding help

Maryland players Shatori Walker-Kimbrough and Brionna Jones were taken with the No. 6 and No. 8 picks of the first round, respectively. Walker-Kimbrough will have a shorter relocation to the Washington Mystics, although Jones could be a steal thanks to her efficiency around the hoop after leading the NCAA in shooting percentage the last two seasons.

The round continued with guards Tori Jankowski, Davis, Sydney Wiese and Alexis Jones going in order, all capable of making an early impact, even with plenty of talent already on the rosters that took them.

The second round was all about the point guards with Lindsay Allen, Alexis Peterson and Leticia Romero going in order.

Peterson might be the most notable prospect as the ACC Player of the Year who excelled as both a scorer and passer in her Syracuse career. She also made history with her selection alongside Brittney Sykes, per Brian Higgins of Syracuse IMG Sports:

Brian Higgins @BrianHigginsSU

This marks the 1st time ever @CuseWBB has multiple WNBA draft picks. Brittney @Sykes_20: 7th to Atlanta Alexis Peterson: 15th to Seattle

Erica McCall could also be a steal after leading Stanford to the Final Four this season.

Among the third-round picks, Alexis Prince of Baylor has a chance to provide the Phoenix Mercury with some value in the team's only pick of the night.

The players from all three rounds will now try to make an impact in the WNBA and prove they are worth their draft status when the season begins on May 13.


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