NEW YORK — The Minnesota Lynx picked University of Maryland guard Diamond Miller second overall in the WNBA draft Monday night.
Miller is a two-time All-Big Ten pick and was a second-team All-American in 2023. She averaged 19.7 points and 6.4 rebounds for the UMD Terrapins last season.
After missing out on the playoffs for the first time since 2010, the Lynx had the highest pick in the draft since selecting Maya Moore No. 1 overall in 2011.
With the No. 12 overall pick, the last in the first round, the Lynx selected 19-year-old Maia Hirsch from France.
With the 16th overall pick in the second round, Minnesota selected former UCONN guard Dorka Juhasz. The 6'5 guard averaged 14.2 points and 9.9 rebounds per game this season for the Huskies, earning second-team All-Big East honors for her efforts.
With the final pick of the second round, the Lynx selected Brea Beal from South Carolina.
The Lynx added former Virginia Tech guard Taylor Soule with their fifth and final pick of the night in the third round.
Aliyah Boston, the 6'5 star center out of South Carolina, was drafted No. 1 overall by the Indiana Fever. For the first time, the last-place Fever had the top choice in the draft, making it a no-brainer to scoop up the three-time AP All-American who also was the Player of the Year as a junior. Boston will solidify the post for Indiana, who recorded the worst record in the league last season, going 5-31.
Boston, like many other players, have had to choose whether to return to college for a fifth season because of the extra year granted for the COVID-19 virus or turn pro. She decided to enter the draft, joining 111 other players to declare.
Three other South Carolina players were also selected for the draft. They were expected to be taken in the first two rounds. The Gamecocks were unbeaten all season, until losing to Iowa in the Final Four.
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