BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- A total of eight SEC women's basketball players were taken in the 2017 WNBA draft, as the world's top female basketball prospects were selected live on prime time television for the fifth time in the league's 21-year history. The draft consisted of three rounds of 12 picks each.
The Chicago Sky took South Carolina's Alaina Coates as the second overall pick for the first Southeastern Conference player of the draft. The SEC has had a first round pick every year except one (2014). Kentucky's Evelyn Akhator went third overall to the Dallas Wings and will be joined by the Gamecock's Allisha Gray, picked fourth by the Wings. Dallas picked South Carolina's Kaela Davis as the 10th and the final SEC pick in the first round.
The second round saw Jordan Reynold of Tennessee going to the Atlanta Dream as the 19th pick, while Florida's Ronni Williams was drafted by the Indiana Fever as the 22nd pick.
The third and final round of the draft had the Lady Vol's Schaquilla Nunn as the 25th pick to the San Antonio Stars and Kentucky's Makayla Epps being picked by the Chicago Sky as the 33rd pick.
This is the most draft picks for the SEC since 2008 when conference teams had 10 and the seventh time at least eight players from the league have been drafted. It is the sixth time that the SEC has had at least four first round picks. Overall, 149 SEC players have been taken in the WNBA draft.
|No. 2||Chicago Sky||Alaina Coates||South Carolina|
|No. 3||Dallas Wings||Evelyn Akhator||Kentucky|
|No. 4||Dallas Wings||Allisha Gray||South Carolina|
|No. 10||Dallas Wings||Kaela Davis||South Carolina|
|No. 19||Atlanta Dream||Jordan Reynolds||Tennessee|
|No. 22||Indiana Fever||Ronni Williams||Florida|
|No. 25||San Antonio Stars||Schaquilla Nunn||Tennessee|
|No. 33||Chicago Sky||Makayla Epps||Kentucky|