Syracuse's Tiana Mangakahia Declares for 2021 WNBA Draft

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMarch 26, 2021

Syracuse guard Tiana Mangakahia passes during the first half of a college basketball game against UConn in the second round of the women's NCAA tournament at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Tuesday, March 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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Syracuse guard Tiana Mangakahia has officially declared for the 2021 WNBA draft. 

The fifth-year senior announced her intentions on Twitter:

Tiana Mangakahia @Tianamanga


After the Orange's season came to an end March 23 with a loss to Connecticut in the NCAA women's basketball tournament, Mangakahia announced plans to help support people who can't afford cancer treatments. 

Matthew Gutierrez @MatthewGut21

Really inspiring stuff here from Syracuse star Tiana Mangakahia. Admire her perseverance: "It was really difficult to come back, and I just don't feel like I was the same, but I would just say that I'm proud of myself. "It's just a blessing to be able to play this sport." https://t.co/grG2G3GlVw

Mangakahia returned this season after sitting out the 2019-20 campaign. She announced in July 2019 that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. 

After undergoing a double mastectomy, Mangakahia returned to the Orange and was granted an eligibility waiver from the NCAA in October that allowed her to play this past season. 

Mangakahia began her college career at Hutchinson Community College from 2015-17 but didn't play basketball for the program. She transferred to Syracuse prior to the 2017-18 season and appeared in 65 games during her first two years with the program. 

In 20 games this season, Mangakahia averaged 11.4 points on 42.5 percent shooting and 7.3 assists per contest. The Australia native is projected to be a third-round draft pick by ESPN's Mechelle Voepel

Syracuse made the NCAA tournament in each of the three years Mangakahia was with the program. The Orange went 15-9 overall this season and finished tied with Florida State for fourth in the ACC.