Five Big Ten Conference students were chosen in the 2017 Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) Draft that took place Thursday night at Samsung 837 in New York. All five Big Ten students were among the top 13 selections in the draft, including four who were picked in the first round.
This marks the first time since 2009 (and the third time in conference history, along with 2008) that four students from current Big Ten schools have been chosen in the first round of the WNBA Draft. It's also the first time since the inaugural WNBA Draft in 1997 that five Big Ten students have been among the top 13 selections.
Northwestern's Nia Coffey was the first Big Ten student chosen this year, going No. 5 overall to the San Antonio Stars. With the very next pick, Maryland's Shatori Walker-Kimbrough was selected by the Washington Mystics. Two choices later at No. 8, Walker-Kimbrough's teammate at Maryland, Brionna Jones, was taken by the Connecticut Sun. Michigan State's Tori Jankoska was selected with the No. 9 choice by the Chicago Sky, and Ohio State's Shayla Cooper rounded out the 2017 Big Ten WNBA Draft class, going 13th overall with the first pick of the second round to the Connecticut Sun.
The Big Ten has now had at least five students from current member schools chosen in five of the past six WNBA drafts and 16 times in the league's 21-year history.
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