Locals selected in WNBA Draft

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Shatori Walker Kimbrough DKSEABROOK – A pair of University of Maryland products were selected in the top 10 of last week’s WNBA Draft in New York City.

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough was selected sixth overall by the Washington Mystics and Brionna Jones was the eighth overall pick by the Connecticut Sun.

Walker-Kimbrough will join former Terrapins Tianna Hawkins and Kristi Toliver in Washington while Jones is set to join former Terps Lynetta Kizer and Alyssa Thomas on the Connecticut roster.

Their selection marks the third time in program history two Terrapins have been drafted in the top 10. Maryland head coach Brenda Frese has coached 13 WNBA draft picks during her tenure, including eight in the top 10.

Walker-Kimbrough averaged 18.8 points-per-game while shooting 45 percent and compiled 125 assists during her senior campaign. The Aliquippa, Pa. native finished No. 4 on Maryland’s all-time scoring list with 2,156 career points.

“We are thrilled to have Shatori be there at the sixth pick,” said Mystics Head Coach Mike Thibault. “She is one of the best shooters in the country. She knows how to attack the basket in transition. She has made herself into a great three-point shooter. The way we want to play, she fits exactly into our team.”

Meanwhile, Notre Dame guard Lindsay Allen and Old Dominion guard Jennie Simms, an Accokeek native, were also selected in the draft.

Allen, a Mitchellville native, was drafted in the second round by the New York Liberty. She was the second pick in the round.

“Lindsay is super-excited about her WNBA opportunity,” said Terrell Allen, Lindsay’s father. “She’s really looking forward to it. While it really didn’t matter to the family where she got drafted, it is nice to be able to research Amtrak schedules instead of flights.”

Simms, a former Riverdale Baptist standout, was selected by the Mystics with the sixth pick in the second round. She was named Conference USA Player of the Year last season and became the first Old Dominion senior to be drafted since 2002.

Former Old Dominion head coach Marianne Stanley is currently an assistant coach with the Mystics and Simms’ agent is former Old Dominion All-American Ticha Penicheiro.

“Jennie Simms, we thought was one of the best athletes in the draft,” said Thibault. “She can play multiple positions. She is one of the leading scorers in the country. She just looks like a pro when she walks in the gym and we think that she is going to battle some of our veteran players for a spot on this team.”

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