The Mystics selected Old Dominion guard Jennie Simms with the 18th pick in the second round of the 2017 WNBA Draft. They then selected Wisconsin-Green Bay forward Mehryn Kraker with the 27th pick in the third round.
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There’s a lot of talk about San Antonio Stars guard (and former Washington Huskies star) Kelsey Plum being the NCAA’s leading scorer last season and her career. But Simms has done a lot in her own right. She was the nation’s second leading scorer in the 2016-17 season, where she averaged 26 points a game and was the Conference USA Player of the Year.
In each of her last three years at ODU, Simms scored at least 650 total points. Unfortunately, she didn’t have that much help, so ODU only made one WNIT appearance (2014-15) during her time there. Simms also provides rebounding help (7.6 rpg in three seasons at ODU) and an improving three point shot during her time with the Lady Monarchs.
ODU was once the UConn of the world, where Hall of Fame players like Anne Donovan, Nancy Lieberman, and former WNBA star Ticha Penicheiro played back in the day. Though ODU hasn’t been as strong as they once were, Simms was a bright spot in her own right, as Harry Minium of The Virginian-Pilot noted in a column last February.
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Kraker, a 6’0 forward led the Phoenix in scoring (17.6 ppg) and was second in assists (3.6) in the 2016-17 season and was the Horizon League Player of the Year. They made the NCAA tournament in each of the last two seasons as well. Like Walker-Kimbrough and Simms, Kraker is known for making the three point shot. She average over 2 made threes a game last season and made 38.1 percent of them (75 of 197 three pointers in 33 games).