UT's Imani Boyette warms up before the game against Missouri at the Frank Erwin Center Monday March 21, 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

BEVO BEAT Women's Basketball

Boyette taken by Chicago in WNBA draft

Tall post is 9th Longhorn drafted by WNBA

Posted April 14th, 2016

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  • As a senior, Boyette became the first player in the history of the Texas women's basketball program to reach the combined milestone of 1,000 career points, 1,000 career rebounds and 200 career blocks

Texas senior post was chosen in the first round of Thursday’s WNBA draft by the Chicago Sky.

The 6-7 Boyette was the 10th overall pick.

ESPN personality Rebecca Lobo said going to Chicago is “the perfect situation for a rookie.”

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As expected, Connecticut forward Breanna Stewart was taken by Seattle with the first pick of the draft. UConn teammates Moriah Jefferson (San Antonio) and Morgan Tuck (Connecticut) were taken with the second and third picks.

It was the first time college teammates have gone 1-2-3 in the WNBA draft.

Boyette becomes the ninth player in Texas women’s basketball history have been selected in the WNBA draft, including three first-round picks (Edna Campbell, Edwina Brown and Tiffany Jackson). Texas’ most recent WNBA Draft selection was Nneka Enemkpali, who last season was selected with the 26th pick (third round) by the Seattle Storm.

As a senior, Boyette became the first player in the history of the Texas women’s basketball program to reach the combined milestone of 1,000 career points, 1,000 career rebounds and 200 career blocks.

She finished her decorated career 22nd on UT’s all-time career scoring list with 1,361 career points, fifth on UT’s all-time career rebounding list with 1,036 career rebounds and second on UT’s all-time career blocks list with 303. Boyette’s 104 blocks this past season ranks second on the school’s all-time career single-season blocks list.

Boyette made the All-Big 12 First Team as a junior and senior with the Longhorns.  The three-time Big 12 All-Defensive Team selection was the conference’s co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2015-16.

All-Time Longhorns In WNBA Draft
Year – Name – Round (Overall Pick) – Team
1999 – Edna Campbell – 1st (10) – Phoenix Mercury
2000 – Edwina Brown – 1st (3) – Detroit Shock (first collegian taken in 2000 WNBA Draft)
2004 – Stacy Stephens – 3rd (37) – Houston Comets (later traded to Detroit Shock)
2005 – Heather Schreiber – 3rd (39) – Los Angeles Sparks
2005 – Jamie Carey – 3rd (31) – Phoenix Mercury (later signed with Connecticut Sun)
2007 – Tiffany Jackson – 1st (5) – New York Liberty
2010 – Brittainey Raven – 3rd (33) – Atlanta Dream
2015 – Nneka Enemkpali 3rd (26) – Seattle Storm

2016 – Imani Boyette – 1sr (10) – Chicago Sky

 

 

 

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