The Mystics drafted Shatori Walker-Kimbrough of Maryland with the sixth pick in the 2017 WNBA Draft. She averaged 18.8 pts, 3.7 rebounds, and 3.6 assists last season for the Terrapins.
Throughout her career, Walker-Kimbrough has emerged as a major piece for the Terrapins. In her freshman season, she was their sixth man, during Maryland’s last season in the ACC. After they moved to the Big Ten, Walker-Kimbrough played a major part in their success there, where she’s been a perennial All-Big Ten team and defensive team player.
Here’s what GM and Head Coach Mike Thibault had to say about it:
“We are thrilled to have Shatori be there at the sixth pick. She is one of the best shooters in the country. She knows how to attack the basket in transition. She has made herself into a great three-point shooter. The way we want to play, she fits exactly into our team.”
The area where she should help the Mystics the most is at the three point line, where she made 45 percent of her threes (72 of 160) in her senior season. In addition, she will also help with Washington’s perimeter defense. The Mystics are poised to play uptempo basketball and take many threes this season, so this move goes in line with that.
So with that said, welcome to the Mystics, Shatori!