April 8, 2010
Two Big Ten student-athletes were selected in the 2010 WNBA Draft on Thursday in Secaucus, N.J. Illinois' Jenna Smith and Penn State's Tyra Grant were both selected in the draft's second round.
Smith was selected with the second pick in the second round, 14th overall, by the Washington Mystics. She is the fourth Illinois player to be selected in the WNBA Draft and is the program's highest-ever draft choice. She finished her Illini career as the program's all-time leader in scoring with 2,160, which ranks 10th in conference history, and rebounding with 1,217, the second-most in conference lore. During her senior season, Smith averaged 18.1 points per game (37th nationally) and 11.4 rebounds per game (8th nationally).
Grant was drafted by the Phoenix Mercury, the 2009 WNBA Champions, with the 12th pick of the second round, the 24th overall selection. Grant was a two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection and finished her Penn State career with 2,044 points, averaging 19.3 per contest her final season, which ranked 18th in the nation. She is the 12th Penn State student-athlete to be selected in the WNBA Draft and was named an honorable mention All-American following the 2009-10 season.
The Big Ten has seen two or more student-athletes selected in the WNBA Draft each season since 1997. Since that time, 64 women's basketball players have been selected in the annual draft