DePaul alumni take spotlight on WNBA Draft Day

DePaul alumni take spotlight on WNBA Draft Day
Former DePaul standout Keisha Hampton joins Allie Quigley in the Chicago Sky lineup in 2017 (supplied photo)

From our friends at the Chicago Sky and DePaul University, on the WNBA Draft:  The Chicago Sky announced the acquisition of the 22nd overall pick of the 2012 WNBA draft, forward Keisha Hampton, from the Minnesota Lynx ,in exchange for their 2017 second round draft pick, forward/center Chantel Osahor, from the University of Washington.

“Keisha Hampton, is a consistent shooter from all areas of the floor. She has the ability to stretch the defense and open up the floor for our inside players,” said General Manager and Head Coach, Amber Stocks. “She is versatile and she fits a need we have for our current roster.”

Hampton, a 6’2 forward, was selected by the Seattle Storm as the 22nd overall pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft. Hampton went on to play overseas in the Israeli Women’s League for Bnot Hertzeliya, appearing in 25 games in the 2015-16 season, averaging a team-high 17.8 points per game.

In 2016, Hampton was signed to the Lynx as an unrestricted free agent where she played in 27 games. She had a career high 13 points against Indiana and shot 33% from the field from both 2 and 3 point range over the season as well as 87% from the free throw line. At the completion of the 2016 WNBA season, Hampton returned to Bnot Hertzeliya in Israel where she appeared in 19 games, averaging 19.8 points.

Prior to playing professional basketball, Hampton attended DePaul University, where she played under Coach Doug Bruno. She was named a 2011-12 first-team preseason All-American player by Sporting News, Athalon and College Sports Madness. Hampton played on the USA National World University Games Team in 2011, and was a State Farm/WBCA All-America honorable mention as a junior.

Jessica January was drafted by the Connecticut Sun

Jessica January was drafted by the Connecticut Sun

As Hampton was making news, so was former DePaul teammate  Jessica January, who was selected by the Connecticut Sun Thursday night in the third round of the WNBA Draft. She was drafted 28th overall.

“I’m just so excited,” said January who was taken with the fourth pick of the third round. “I was at State watching it on TV with my teammates Meri Bennett-Swanson and Meghan Waldron, Eli Cain of the men’s team and coach Doug Bruno. When my name flashed on the screen, Meri started screaming and coach Bruno stood up and shouted.

January, the point guard from Richfield, Minn. becomes the 10th Blue Demon chosen in the WNBA Draft and first since Brittany Hrynko was picked in the second round by the Connecticut Sun in 2015 and then traded to the Atlanta Dream. She will graduate from DePaul fourth all-time in career assists (554), tied for seventh in career steals (238), 10th all-time in field goals (568) and No. 17 in points with 1,530.

The Chicago Sky, led by General Manager & Head Coach Amber Stocks, will begin its twelfth season as a member of the WNBA’s Eastern Conference on May 14, 2017. The Sky earned its fourth consecutive WNBA Playoff berth and finished the 2016 season with an 18-16 record, the third-best record in franchise history

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