This evening, two UCLA Bruins were selected in the WNBA Draft.
Jordin Canada was selected 5th overall by the Seattle Storm while Monique Billings was selected 3rd in the second round and 15th overall by the Atlanta Dream.
Canada is viewed by many as the best guard in this year’s draft. This past season, Canada averaged 17.0 points per game, 7.1 assists per game and 3.7 rebounds per game. This season, she became the first woman in Pac-12 history to score 1,800 points and have 700 assists.
In an official release on uclabruins.com, UCLA women’s basketball coach Cori Close said:
I’m so thrilled for Jordin. She gets an opportunity to realize her dream and play on the West Coast. Seattle is a great fit for her. I have a ton of respect for Dan Hughes and I know he will continue to develop her game. She will also play alongside and learn from sue Bird, someone she considers a mentor. it doesn’t get much better than that.
Meanwhile, Canada’s UCLA teammate Monique Billings averaged 15.3 points per game, 9.5 rebounds per game and 1.3 assists per game this season. She finished her career at UCLA with 1,761 points. She is only the third player in UCLA history and the 14th in Pac-12 history to score over 1,500 points and grab over 1,000 rebounds.