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NEW YORK (AP) â Kelsey Plum went first in the WNBA draft Thursday. Then, South Carolina took over. Plum used to be taken No. 1 by the San Antonio Stars. The Washington guard finished her university career with an NCAA-record 3,527 points. The Stars had the worst list last season and held the prime pick for the first time in franchise history. “I’ve been dreaming about it for so long,” Plum said. “I’m in reality excited and thankful for the opportunity and will make the foremost of it. ”
It’s the moment straight year that the Stars have drafted a guard. They took Moriah Jefferson with the No. 2 pick last season. Plum played with Jefferson on a USA Basketball Under-18 team and was excited for the chance to play with her again. Chicago drafted Alaina Coates with the second pick. The South Carolina star, the first of three Gamecocks selected in the first round, injured her correct ankle in the SEC Tournament and didn’t play in the team’s run to the national championship. She still isn’t able to really fly simply because of the injury and risk of blood clots, so she made the almost 11-hour drive up to New York from South Carolina. She got around the draft on a scooter she affectionately called “scoot, scoot. ” Coates said she had surgery on the ankle a few weeks ago and doesn’t know how long she’ll be out. She hopes as a way to play this season. “For me to go number two with my situation, I’m really excited about that as well,” Coates said. “I don’t know while I’ll be able to play. It’s all up to what the doctors say. ”
Dallas took Kentucky forward Evelyn Akhator with the third pick, and the Wings came again with South Carolina’s Allisha Gray with the fourth choice. Gray decided to forego her senior year of eligibility and enter the draft a day after the Gamecocks won the title. Kaela Davis was taken by the Wings at No. 10, meaning the two Gamecocks who had both transferred into South Carolina together and skipped their last year to play in university will be together in Dallas. “It’s first-class to have the connection and familiarity in an unknown situation,” said Davis of playing with Gray. South Carolina coach crack of dawn Staley was at the draft and thrilled to see her three gamers get picked. The Gamecocks have become just the third faculty to have three players taken in the opening round, joining Tennessee, Georgia and UConn. The Huskies had the first three picks in last year’s draft. They had no person taken in the first round this year for the first time since 2012. Saniya Chong, the lone senior on the team, was picked by Dallas in the third round. “It’s so huge to see those three young ladies get a chance to fully grasp their dreams,” Staley said. “I…