The 2018 WNBA draft commenced on Thursday with UCLA alums Jordin Canada and Monique Billings both being selected.
Canada was one of the top selections in the draft as she was taken fifth overall by the Seattle Storm.
With the 5th overall pick in the 2018 WNBA Draft, the Seattle Storm selects Jordin Canada! Welcome to Seattle, Jordin! 👋😃🏀
— Seattle Storm (@seattlestorm) April 12, 2018
“Jordin is a dynamic playmaker that will fit well in Coach Dan Hughes’ system,” said Storm President & General Manager Alisha Valavanis in a statement. “In addition to her offensive skill set, her defensive tenacity is invaluable. This is an incredible opportunity for a rookie point guard to learn from Sue Bird. We are excited to welcome Jordin to Seattle.”
Canada led UCLA’s run to the Elite Eight of the Women’s NCAA Tournament this year.
From the Seattle Storm statement:
Canada leaves UCLA as the Pac-12 Conference and UCLA all-time assists leader, dishing out 831 dimes in her career. She set the program’s single-season record for assists with 248 in her senior season (2017-18) and averaged 7.1 assists per game in 2017-18, seventh-best in the NCAA.
As for Billings, she was drafted in the second round by the Atlanta Dream.
— Atlanta Dream (@AtlantaDream) April 13, 2018
“We feel so fortunate that Monique was still on the board at 15,” head coach Nicki Collen said in a team statement. “Monique is an elite athlete with a high motor. Her ability to run the floor and rebound the basketball will fit in well with our current roster. She is an incredible competitor when she steps on the basketball court and we are so excited to welcome her to the Atlanta Dream.”
Billings averaged 15.3 points and 9.5 rebounds this past season.