Her time at the University of Utah now coming to an end, Utah Utes senior forward Michelle Plouffe got to do what few accomplish on Wednesday, April 14 -- and get drafted by a pro team. It was a tough season for Plouffe and her Utes as they finished 12-19 overall.
So being selected as the No. 19 overall pick by the Seattle Storm at the WNBA Draft on Wednesday, April 14 was probably a great accomplishment for Plouffe. The Edmonton, Alberta native netted 15 double-doubles for Utah in the 2013-14 season and will bring her 6-foot-4 inch frame to the Pacific Northwest.
A member of the 2012 Canadian Olympic team in London, Plouffe averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Utes this season-- and even displayed a decent stroke from three-point range, connecting on 30 percent of her treys. She was also named as an honorable mention All-American by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, and was a Pac-12 All-Conference selection.
Being the first Edmonton native to play in the WNBA was also a big deal for Plouffe. She sent a message from her Twitter page upon learning where she was playing.
“Seattle here I come!!!!!!!!!!!!! #BLESSED #icantbelievethisisreal,“ Plouffe tweeted on Wednesday night.
So for Plouffe, the journey to the professional ranks begins later this month when she will enter training camp with the hope of making the Seattle roster. In the meantime, Plouffe can be pleased that she is just the fifth Utah Utes women’s basketball player to be selected in the WNBA Draft -- and the third Canadian from the Utes women's program.
Though she has plenty of work to do to prepare for the next phase of her career, she is likely up to the task. After all, she already competed for Canada in the 2012 Summer Olympics and endured her toughest season yet at Utah.