Thursday, April 05, 2007

Shay Doron #16 in WNBA Draft

So far on this blog, I've only covered former men's basketball players from Maryland. But that was mostly because I could never find any former Maryland women's basketball players on any pro rosters. The drought ended yesterday, with the New York Liberty drafting Shay Doron (2003-07) with the 3rd pick in the 2nd round (#16 overall) of the WNBA draft.

From the Baltimore Sun:
Doron, the second all-time leading scorer in Maryland women's basketball history, was drafted by the New York Liberty in the second round of the WNBA draft today, and stands a decent chance to land a spot on the roster of her hometown team. [...]

While many second-round picks have difficulty making rosters, Doron's path was made easier when the Liberty traded starting point guard Becky Hammon and a second-round pick in next year's draft to the San Antonio Silver Stars...

The Diamondback says:
As a kid, Shay Doron attended New York Liberty games and cheered for her favorite player, guard Becky Hammon. Less than an hour after Hammon was traded in a draft-day deal, the Liberty selected Shay Doron in the second round with the 16th overall pick in the WNBA draft to fill her place.

It is the perfect fit for Doron, who used to live in New York and can fill a vacancy at guard on her favorite team's depth chart.

"I've been growing up with the New York Liberty since the league came out," Doron said last week. "I wanted to be Becky Hammon ever since I was younger."

Doron became the first Terrapin women's basketball player to be drafted since Deedee Warley and March Strickland were picked back-to-back in the fourth round in 2002.

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