Five players from Big Ten schools were selected in Thursday's WNBA Draft, including four in the first round.
The 2016 WNBA Draft took place Thursday night. A total of six Big Ten players heard their name called, highlighted by three selections in the first round. Former Minnesota star Rachel Banham was the first Big Ten player to come off the board, going No. 4 overall to the Connecticut Sun. Aerial Powers of Michigan State went fifth overall to the Dallas Wings, while former Rutgers standout Kahleah Copper was selected No. 7 overall to the Washington Mystics. Here is a look at every Big Ten player selected and where they were drafted. FIRST ROUND 4. Rachel Banham (Minnesota), Connecticut Sun
Katie Smith is a champion. Smith grew up in Logan, Ohio, where she attended Logan High School. She led the Lady Chieftains to a state championship title game. She was the MVP at the inaugural WBCA High School All-America Game in 1992 and she was the 1992 Gatorade National Player of the Year. When she conquered Logan, she moved on to nearby Ohio State. Smith led the Buckeyes to a Big Ten championship and national title game appearance as a freshman. She finished her four years as the Big Ten’s all-time leading scorer in men’s and women’s basketball, and she