The WNBA is set to tip off its 15th season on June 4th, and held its three-round player draft on Monday. The Mystics had the 11th pick and selected Victoria Dunlap, a 6-foot-1 forward from Kentucky.
“All season long I have followed Victoria and I’ve liked her,” said Mystics coach and general manager Trudi Lacey.
“She’s been very high on my board. She’s a great athlete; she’s agile, has versatility, has a huge heart, is a great defender and loves to rebound – all the things I like in a player, so we’re excited,” Lacey said.
Dunlap was selected to the AP Third Team All-America, and was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year. Dunlap said she’s preparing for her job in the WNBA by “doing a lot of ball handling and working on my three-point shot.”
Lacey plans to make defense and transition scoring a priority for the Mystics this season.
“We will get up and down, we will defend and in order for us to run we need to rebound, and that’s something that she does very well. She’s a versatile scorer, so I think she’s going to fit in very well. She also has a great person to learn from in Crystal Langhorne,” Lacey said.
The Mystics also have a selection in the second and third rounds, the 23rd and 35th overall picks.