The Washington Mystics have selected guard
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough from the University of Maryland with the sixth overall pick in the 2017 WNBA Draft.
A 5’11” guard, Walker-Kimbrough has helped the Terrapins to three Big Ten Tournament titles, two Final Four appearances and one Sweet Sixteen. She averaged 15.2 points per game, 4.5 rebounds per game and 1.63 steals per game. In 2016, she set a Big Ten record in three-point field goal percentage with 54.5% and was also the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. Walker-Kimbrough scored her 2,000 career points during the 2016-17 season, becoming the fifth player in school history to do so.
“We are thrilled to have Shatori be there at the sixth pick,” said Head Coach Mike Thibault. “She is one of the best shooters in the country. She knows how to attack the basket in transition. She has made herself into a great three-point shooter. The way we want to play, she fits exactly into our team.”
Walker-Kimbrough has earned numerous honors including All-Big Ten First Team, All-Big Ten defensive team and AP All-America Honorable Mention. She was a Senior CLASS award finalist and had her jersey raised to the rafters during her senior day at Maryland.
Washington added guard
Jennie Simms from Old Dominion University in the second round (18
th overall). She averaged 26.0 points per game, making her the second leading scorer in the nation. That mark broke a previous school record of 25.1, which was held by Anne Donovan since the 1980-81 season. Simms was awarded the 2016-17 Conference USA Player of the Year and named Honorable Mention AP All-American.
“Jennie Simms, we thought was one of the best athletes in the draft,” stated Thibault. “She can play multiple positions. She is one of the leading scorers in the country. She just looks like a pro when she walks in the gym and we think that she is going to battle some of our veteran players for a spot on this team.”
Washington selected forward
Mehryn Kraker of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in the third round (27
th overall). Kraker was named the Horizon League’s MVP where she averaged 18.0 points, 3.7 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game while shooting 54.1 percent from the field.