ACC Women’s Basketball: Three From the ACC to Attend the WNBA Draft

Loyd, Williams and Hamby all to be at Mohegan Sun for the 2015 WNBA Draft

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Three ACC women’s basketball student-athletes will attend the WNBA Draft 2015, which will take place Thursday, April 16 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. It will air live on ESPN2 for the first round beginning at 7 p.m., and then move to ESPN3 for the second and third rounds starting at 8 p.m.

Duke senior Elizabeth Williams, Notre Dame junior Jewell Loyd and Wake Forest senior Dearica Hamby headline a group of 12 women who were invited to the Draft

Williams, a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, was the first four-time Associated Press All-America in ACC history, while earning WBCA All-America and WBCA National Defensive Player of the Year in her final year.  The 6-3 center averaged 14.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 3.0 blocks per contest as the Blue Devils advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 in Spokane, Washington.  Williams led the ACC and tied for 12th nationally with her 3.0 blocks per game average. 

Loyd, the 2014-15 espnW Player of the Year, and All-America selection as named by the Associated Press, WBCA and USBWA, was a finalist on every national player of the year ballot. She led the Fighting Irish to their second consecutive ACC Championship and fifth straight trip to the Final Four in 2015.

She was also named the 2014-15 ACC Player of Year as named by Blue Ribbon Panel and the head coaches after averaging 19.79 points per game during the season, and was selected as the ACC Tournament MVP for the second straight season.

Hamby earned All-America honorable mention honors from both the WBCA and Associated Press this season. She was also a Wade Trophy Finalist and a WBCA All-Region selection. She was named first team All-ACC by both the head coach and the Blue Ribbon Panel and earned a spot on the All-ACC Tournament first team.

Hamby finished her career as the program's all-time leading scorer (1,801 points) and rebounder (1,021 rebounds). For the 2014-15 season she averaged 20.3 points and 10.7 rebounds per game. 

The Seattle Storm holds the top pick in the draft for the third time in franchise history after winning the WNBA Draft Lottery presented by State Farm.  The rest of the top five includes the Tulsa Shock (second pick), Seattle (third, from the Connecticut Sun), Connecticut (fourth, from the New York Liberty), and the Chicago Sky (fifth).  

Current ACC schools combine for 115 selections in the WNBA Draft, including 41 first-round picks.