The three-time WNBA Champion Phoenix Mercury made just one selection tonight, using its lone selection in the 2017 WNBA Draft (29th overall pick, third round) on Baylor wing Alexis Prince.
A 6-foot-2 wing, Prince averaged 8.1 points and 4.0 rebounds in 136 career games during her four years at Baylor. She started in 86 games as a Bear, shooting 42.4-percent from the field and 36.1-percent (136-of-377) from three-point range. Prince recorded what was her best year during the 2016-17 season, finishing with career highs in scoring (12.1 ppg) and rebounding (5.8 rpg). Additionally, the former Big 12 Freshman of the Year knocked down 62 three-pointers on the season, while hitting 41.6-percent of her attempts from long range.
Prince becomes the 13th player in Baylor program history to be selected in the WNBA Draft, and the second-ever Bear to be picked by the Phoenix Mercury, joining two-time Defensive Player of the Year Brittney Griner, who was drafted in 2013. Griner and Prince played toegther for one season at Baylor in 2012-13. With the Mercury’s selection of Prince, Phoenix’s current roster now stands at 15 players.
Get a front-row seat for history this summer! Diana Taurasi will open the 2017 regular season just 178 points shy of becoming the all-time leading scorer in WNBA history, as she attempts to lead the Mercury to a WNBA-record tying fourth championship. Tickets for the Fry’s Food Stores Home Opener on Sunday, May 14, and the other 16 regular-season Mercury home games can be purchased by calling 602.252.WNBA or by visiting PhoenixMercury.com.