Hooper Ready for WNBA Draft
Lincoln - Nebraska All-American Jordan Hooper will be among many seniors across the nation waiting to hear their names called during the WNBA Draft on Monday night. The draft will be held at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., and the first round will be televised live by ESPN2 at 7 p.m. (CT).
Coverage of the second and third rounds will be televised on ESPNU from 8 to 9:30 p.m.
Hooper, a 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., hopes to become the latest in a string of WNBA draft picks for Coach Connie Yori and the Big Red. Since 2007, four Huskers have been chosen in the three rounds of the WNBA Draft, and Hooper is hoping to become the fifth Husker in the last eight years to be drafted.
A first-team All-American by the WBCA, Hooper was the 2014 Big Ten Player of the Year. The three-time first-team All-Big Ten selection also earned her second career spot on the Big Ten All-Tournament Team after leading Nebraska to its first-ever conference tournament title. The school-record holder with 295 career three-pointers, Hooper is the only Husker and just the second Big Ten player in history to achieve the combined milestones of 2,300 points and 1,100 rebounds.
In 2013, point guard Lindsey Moore was taken by the Minnesota Lynx with the final pick of the first round (12th overall). Moore went on to win a WNBA title with the Lynx in her first season in the league.
Kelsey Griffin is the highest Husker draft pick in history, as she was chosen with the No. 3 overall pick in the WNBA Draft by the Lynx in 2010. Griffin, a 6-2 forward, was traded by the Lynx to Connecticut on draft day and has spent the past four seasons with the Sun. Griffin was a WNBA All-Rookie selection in 2010 and enjoyed her most productive season in the league as a full-time starter for the Sun in 2013.
Cory Montgomery, a 6-3 forward, joined Griffin in the 2010 WNBA Draft as a third-round choice of the New York Liberty. Kiera Hardy was also a third-round pick of the Connecticut Sun in 2007.
In addtion to the four WNBA draft picks, Danielle Page earned a spot on the Connecticut Sun roster as a free agent in 2008 and continues to play professionally overseas in France after spending one season in the WNBA.
Yvonne Turner, who has played professionally overseas for the past four years, also earned a training camp spot with the San Antonio Silver Stars in 2013, but did not make the regular-season roster.
Nebraska's connections in the WNBA date back to Nicole Kubik, who was the first Husker to be drafted in 2000. Kubik was a first-round selection of the Los Angeles Sparks before earning a spot with the Phoenix Mercury in 2000.
Anna DeForge is the most successful Husker in history in the WNBA. The two-time WNBA All-Star spent nine seasons in the league from 2000 to 2008, after finishing her distinguished Nebraska career in 1998.
Nebraska WNBA Draft History
- *Lindsey Moore (1st Round, Minnesota Lynx, 2013)
- *Kelsey Griffin (1st Round, Minnesota Lynx, 2010)
- *Cory Montgomery (3rd Round, New York Liberty, 2010)
- *Kiera Hardy (3rd Round, Connecticut Sun, 2007)
- *Nicole Kubik (1st Round, LA Sparks, 2000)
Other Huskers in the WNBA
- *Danielle Page (Free Agent, Connecticut Sun, 2008)
- Anna DeForge (Two-Time WNBA All-Star, 2000-08)
- *Yvonne Turner (Training Camp Contract, San Antonio Silver Stars, 2013)
*denotes Husker coached by Connie Yori