South Carolina's Aliyah Boston, right, poses for a photo with commissioner Cathy Engelbert after the Indiana Fever selected her first overall at the WNBA basketball draft Monday, April 10, 2023, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Nine Former SEC Players Drafted to WNBA

The SEC was well represented last night at the 2023 WNBA Draft. Nine former SEC players were drafted, more than any other conference.

The SEC was represented in four first round picks — including the first overall, three second round picks and two third round picks.

Boston Drafted First Overall

With the first pick, the Indiana Fever selected Aliyah Boston out of South Carolina. The senior forward was one of five Gamecocks drafter this year, with the program becoming one of three ever to have at least five selections in a single draft.

There was no shortage of accolades for Boston during her time as a Gamecock. Adding to her title as the most decorated player in program history, she was the National Freshman of the Year (2020), the National Defensive Player of the Year (2022, 2023), a two-time SEC Player of the Year and four-time SEC Defensive Player of the Year.

During the 2022-23 season, Boston racked up 482 points, 364 rebounds and 73 blocks.

Two More Gamecocks and a Vol

The first round of the draft saw three more picks from the SEC, including Laeticia Amihere out of South Carolina (No. 8), Jordan Horston out of Tennessee (No. 9) and Zia Cooke out of South Carolina (No. 10).

LSU in Round Two

In the second round, the Indiana Fever selected LaDazhia Williams (No. 17), a forward out of LSU. Shortly after, her teammate Alexis Morris (No. 22) was selected by the Connecticut Sun.

Williams and Morris helped lead the Tigers to their first women’s basketball national title. LSU overcame Iowa 102-85 to win the 2023 NCAA National Championship.

Morris put up 554 points on the season, including 49 three-pointers and 149 assists. Williams added 338 points, 204 rebounds and 28 blocks.

The last SEC player drafted in the second round was Brea Beal out of South Carolina at pick No. 24. The Minnesota Lynx selected Beal with the last pick of the round, adding to the Gamecock’s roster of drafted players.

Two More in Round Three

The third and final round of the draft saw two more former SEC players selected. The No. 25 pick was forward Victaria Saxton out of South Carolina, rounding out the night for the Gamecocks.

With the very last pick in the draft, the Las Vegas Aces selected guard Brittany Davis out of Alabama.

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