Bulgak, Butler Selected in 2016 WNBA Draft


FSU’s Bulgak goes 12th to New York and Syracuse’s Butler goes 23rd to Los Angeles

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Two Atlantic Coast Conference student-athletes were selected in the 2016 Women’s National Basketball Association Draft, which was held Thursday evening at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Uncasville, Connecticut. 

Florida State center Adut Bulgak was selected with the 12th overall pick by New York. In her two seasons at Florida State, Bulgak helped lead the Seminoles to a 57-13 (.814) record that included consecutive NCAA Sweet 16 appearances and an Elite Eight appearance in 2015. She averaged 12.5 points, 8.7 rebounds, shot 48.7 percent (318-653) and went nearly 35 percent (34.4 percent) from beyond the arc as a center.

Syracuse guard Brianna Butler, who recently set the NCAA Division I single-season record with 129 3-point field goals made during the 2015-16 season, was the 11th pick in the second round (23rd overall) to Los Angeles. 

In her final season on campus, Butler helped guide Syracuse to its best season in its history, which included a program record 30 wins and an appearance in the NCAA title game. Butler ranked second on the team in scoring, averaging 13.2 points per game.

The ACC has had at least one player go in the first round in each of the last 11 drafts, and current membership accounts for 45 first-round picks. 

The WNBA preseason begins on May 1 while the first slate of regular-season games takes place on Saturday, May 14.

ACC in the 2016 WNBA Draft
RdPick  (Overall)     
Team 
Player
112New York 
Adut Bulgak
2
11 (23)
Los Angeles 
Brianna Butler







TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State Women’s Basketball senior center Adut Bulgak has been selected by the New York Liberty with the 12th overall pick in the first round of the 2016 WNBA Draft.

The Edmonton, Canada, resident and Kenya native is the tenth Seminole to earn a selection in the WNBA Draft, including the fifth since 2009. She is FSU’s first draft pick since former player Natasha Howard was chosen with the fifth overall pick in 2014 by the Indiana Fever.

Bulgak’s first-round selection marks the third consecutive FSU draft pick that has been chosen in the first round, with Howard (fifth overall in 2014) and Jacinta Monroe (sixth overall in 2010) being part of the group. It is the first time the New York Liberty has selected a Seminole in the WNBA Draft.

The WNBA preseason begins on May 1 while the first slate of regular-season games takes place on Saturday, May 14, when Bulgak is expected to make her professional debut against the Washington Mystics at 7 p.m.

Bulgak’s selection adds to the growing number of WNBA players that are coming from Canada. In the WNBA Draft’s first 20 seasons, no more than two players from Canada have been selected in the same draft. However, multiple selections from Canada are expected in this year’s draft. The Canadian National Team has already qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, a program that Bulgak looks to join in the future. For the last two summers she has played for the Canadian Development Women’s Team.

In her two seasons at Florida State, Bulgak helped lead the Seminoles to a 57-13 (.814) record that included consecutive NCAA Sweet 16 appearances and an Elite Eight appearance in 2015. She earned WBCA All-America honors in each of her two seasons with the Seminoles, making her one of three FSU players to earn All-America status multiple times.

Over the course of her two-year career, Bulgak earned 21 in-season and post-season awards at the conference and national level. She averaged 12.5 points, 8.7 rebounds, shot 48.7 percent (318-653) and went nearly 35 percent (34.4 percent) from beyond the arc as a center. Bulgak was also 72.9 percent from the free-throw line and totaled 88 blocked shots.

Bulgak finishes her FSU career ranked in the Top 10 in career rebounding average (fourth – 8.7), blocked shots (ninth – 88) and 3-point field goal percentage (T-10th, 34.4 percent). She registered 19 double-doubles, 43 double-figure scoring games and eight 20-point performances as a Seminole.





UNCASVILLE, Conn. (cuse.com) – With the 23rd overall selection of the 2016 WNBA Draft, the Los Angeles Sparks selected guard Brianna Butler of the Syracuse University women’s basketball team. Butler joins Kayla Alexander (2013) and Beth Record (2001) as the only players in program history to be selected in the WNBA Draft.
 
“I am really excited to make it to the next stage and join the Los Angeles Sparks,” Butler commented.
 
“Well deserved for the best shooter in Syracuse history and one of the best people I have ever been associated with,” head coach Quentin Hillsman stated. “I cannot overstate how happy I am for Brianna and her family.”
 
Butler leaves Syracuse as one of the best players in school history. The King of Prussia, Pa. native ranks fourth in Orange history with 1,640 career points scored. She holds the program records for 3-point field goals made (373), games started (135), and minutes played (4,176).
 
The guard ranks as one of the best 3-point shooters in NCAA Division I history, as well. Butler recently broke the NCAA Division I single-season record with 129 3-point field goals made during the 2015-16 season. She ended her career ranked 12th in NCAA Division I history with 373 career 3-pointers made.
 
In her final season on campus, Butler helped guide Syracuse to its best season in its history. Butler ranked second on the team in scoring, averaging 13.2 points per game. She certainly collected many accolades in the process, taking home All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors and was named to the All-Sioux Falls Region Team.
 
Los Angeles finished the 2015 campaign with a 14-20 overall record and lost in the Western Conference semifinals to the eventual champions, Minnesota Lynx. The Sparks are led by two-time WNBA Most Valuable Player Candace Parker.