The Minnesota Lynx selected guard Alexis Jones from Baylor with the 12th and final pick of the first round of tonight’s WNBA draft.
Jones began her college career at Duke, but transferred after tearing her ACL late in her sophomore season. She was a two-time All Big-12 first team selection at Baylor, and shot 41% from three over her two seasons with the Bears. During her senior year, she averaged 13-5-5, showing off some versatility.
It’s unlikely that Jones will be a significant part of the rotation early in her career given the veteran-laden roster the Lynx feature, but if her three-point shooting translates to the pro game it could be very useful for a team that lacks real threats from beyond the arc after Maya Moore.
Here’s the entire first round:
San Antonio Stars: Kelsey Plum, University of Washington
Chicago Sky: Alaina Coates, University of South Carolina
Dallas Wings: Evelyn Akhator, University of Kentucky
Dallas Wings: Allisha Gray, University of South Carolina
San Antonio Stars: Nia Coffey, Northwestern
Washington Mystics: Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, University of Maryland
Atlanta Dream: Brittney Sykes, Syracuse
Connecticut Sun: Brionna Jones, University of Maryland
Chicago Sky: Tori Jankoska, Michigan State
Dallas Wings: Kaela Davis: University of South Carolina
Los Angeles Sparks: Sydney Wiese, Oregon State
Minnesota Lynx: Alexis Jones, Baylor
Will update this space with later round picks for the Lynx when they become available.
UPDATE: With their second round pick (24th overall) the Lynx select Lisa Berkani from France. She is a 19 year old guard who plays for Mondeville. We’ll see what the plans for her are. I wouldn’t expect to see her in a Lynx jersey this season.
With their third round pick (36th overall) the Lynx select Tahlia Tupaea, an Australian guard who is also 19 years old. Like Berkani, she has international experience with junior national teams and is seen as a rising talent, but I wouldn’t expect to see her in Minnesota this summer.