The score is in and Washington recorded an A for the Mystics performance on April 14 -- WNBA 2014 draft day. ESPN offered the assessment after Washington claimed a pair of UConn prospects in the sixth and seventh picks and brought a native daughter home.
Area players were also involved in two shocking trades that could change the hue of the league for years to come. New York acquired Connecticut Sun franchise star Tina Charles for fourth pick Alyssa Thomas, second-year center Kelsey Bone and the Liberty’s first-round selection in 2015. Later, Washington traded Crystal Langhorne to Seattle in exchange for ex-Terp Tianna Hawkins and Monday’s No. 7 pick, UConn guard Bria Hartley.
It is reported Charles gave Sun management two choices. They could move her or she would sit out the season. Given those circumstances, it looks like Connecticut made a great deal.
Hawkins played in 33 games for Seattle in 2013, but only averaged about 10 minutes a game, 3.4 points and 1.6 carom per contest. Langhorne, on the other hand, averaged 12.9 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per game during her six years with the Mystics. She led the team in rebounding (7.4) and was second in scoring (12.3) in 2013.
Washington selected 6-5 UConn center Stephanie Dolson with the sixth pick in the draft. While she and Hartley dominated in college, the pro game is much faster. There is no guarantee they are ready for the pros.
Just look at Hawkins. She was an all-American rebound machine at Maryland. She is still learning the pro game.
The Sun took Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike with the No. 1 pick. Baylor’s Oddessy Sims went to Tusla next. Notre Dame’s Kayla McBride was selected by the San Antonio Stars third and Indiana selected N.C. State’s Natasha Howard with the fifth pick. All draft selections are here.
Of local note, Elizabeth Seton grad Tyaunna Marshall was selected by the Liberty with the 14th pick. Baltimore’s Asye Bussie (Seton Keough) was drafted by Minnesota with the next pick.