BRISTOL, Conn – With several players on the board available in Monday’s WNBA Draft,the Seattle Storm decided to select 6-foot-3 forward Tianna Hawkins out of Maryland with the 6th overall pick.
Hawkins averaged 18.3 points and 9.5 rebounds per game in her senior season with the Terrapins. For that effort, Hawkins was named All-ACC First Team.
She led the ACC in scoring and ranked 2nd in rebounding. Hawkins is just the third Maryland player with 1,000 rebounds, finishing her career with 1,051.
Hawkins can score, both inside and out. In her junior season, she led the country in field goal percentage.
“With, sort of, the unique situation we’re in here without having Sue and Lauren, that we needed to add some size to our team, and we also think versatile post players translate real well in the WNBA,” said Storm head coach Brian Agler. “So Tianna, we felt she was one of the most versatile post players at the offensive end that there was. We thought that was a very unique and special pick for us.”
As expected, Brittney Griner, Elena Delle Donne and Skylar Diggins went 1-2-3 to Phoenix, Chicago and Tulsa.
With their second pick in the draft, the Storm selected 6-foot-2 forward Chelsea Poppens from Iowa State. A tough-minded defender, Poppens is an All-Big-12 first teamer. Averaging 11.1 points per game for her career, Poppens leaves Iowa State as the Cyclones all-time leader in offensive rebounds.
With their final pick, the 30th in the draft, Seattle chooses Jasmine James, a 5-foot-9 guard from Georgia. She finished her career ranked among Georgia’s all-time top 10 in steals and in the top 20 in scoring.