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(Reuters) – South Carolina energy ahead Aliyah Boston was chosen first total by the Indiana Fever on the WNBA draft on Monday in a transfer the group hopes will assist flip round its fortunes.
As anticipated, the squad selected the 6-foot 5-inch Boston, who led South Carolina to a title in 2022, the identical 12 months she was named Nationwide Participant of the 12 months. She was additionally named Defensive Participant of the 12 months the previous two seasons.
“It is simply actually particular,” Boston instructed reporters.
“I am grateful, first, to God only for placing me on this place but additionally grateful to all people in Indiana, simply because they noticed one thing in me.
“I am simply able to get there and get to work.”
The three-time All-American added that she seemed ahead to having extra ground area to function in enjoying within the professional league after going through double and even triple protection squads in school.
The Fever completed final place within the 12-team league final season in a marketing campaign the place they received a franchise-low 5 video games whereas struggling 31 losses. The franchise’s final playoff look got here in 2016.
Maryland Terrapins capturing guard Diamond Miller was chosen second by the Minnesota Lynx and Villanova guard Maddy Siegrist was taken third by the Dallas Wings on the draft in New York.
(Reporting by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles; Modifying by Kenneth Maxwell)