The Dallas Wings have selected Texas Longhorns star, Charli Collier with the first pick in the 2021 WNBA Draft.
Holding four picks in the top seven, Dallas went with the athletic 6'5" foward/centre with the top selection.
🚨 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐏𝐈𝐂𝐊 𝐈𝐒 𝐈𝐍. 🚨- Dallas Wings (@DallasWings) April 15, 2021
With the top pick in the 2021 #WNBADraft, we select @charlicollier from @TexasWBB! 🤘🤘🤘#TakeFlight pic.twitter.com/1IkCYxMN4x
It comes on the back of an outstanding season with Texas, where Collier averaged 19.0 points, 11.3 rebounds and 1.2 blocks across 31 appearances.
"When you look at Charli, she looks like a WNBA player. She's big and strong, has a great frame, plays really hard. She added the three-point shot, which a stretch 4 needs to have now in the WNBA. She's got a good-looking stroke," ESPN college and WNBA broadcaster Rebecca Lobo said prior to the draft.
.@TexasWBB forward Charli Collier, a draft-eligible junior who declared for this year's draft, is currently the projected top pick in tonight's @WNBA draft.- ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 15, 2021
Her 19 double-doubles were tied for second-most in all of Division I this past season. pic.twitter.com/whZ526y8Gc
Dallas acquired the No. 1 pick by trading forward Katie Lou Samuelson and a second-round pick in 2022 to the Seattle Storm. The Storm first acquired the No. 1 pick, alongside a 2022 first-round pick and a 2022 second-pick from the Liberty for former Defensive Player of the Year Natasha Howard.
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