Jones, SWK Picked Top 10 in WNBA Draft

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NEW YORK – Seniors Brionna Jones and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough were both picked in the top of the WNBA Draft 2017 presented by State Farm on at 837 Samsung in New York City.

Walker-Kimbrough was selected sixth overall by the Washington Mystics, joining former Terps Tianna Hawkins and Kristi Toliver. Jones was selected eighth overall by the Connecticut Sun, joining former Terrapins Lynetta Kizer and Alyssa Thomas.

Head coach Brenda Frese has coached 13 total WNBA draft picks, including eight in the top 10. This is the third time in program history two Terrapins have been drafted in the top 10, all under Frese. Crystal Langhorne and Laura Harper were drafted sixth and 10th in 2008. Marissa Coleman and Kristi Toliver were selected second and third in 2009.

Seventeen Terrapins over the years have been drafted, including Brene Moseley last season by the Indiana Fever and Laurin Mincy in 2015 by the New York Liberty.

Alyssa Thomas was the fourth overall pick in 2014 by the Liberty and was traded to the Connecticut Sun. Tianna Hawkins went sixth overall in 2013, and Lynetta Kizer and Anjale Barrett were drafted in 2012. Shay Doron was a first round pick in 2007.

Both Jones and Walker-Kimbrough were named were named All-Americans by ESPNW, the U/S/ Basketball Writers Association and the Associated Press this week.

Jones led the Terrapins in scoring and rebounding with 19.9 points and 10.9 boards per game. Her 697 points this season set a school record for points in a season. She led the nation in field goal percentage at 69.0 percent for the second straight year.

Walker-Kimbrough averaged 18.8 points per game while shooting 45.0 percent. She also had 125 assists. Walker-Kimbrough is No. 4 on Maryland's all-time scoring list with 2,156 career points. Her career three-point percentage of 45.9 percent is the best in Maryland history, ahead of Toliver's 40.8 percent, and is a Big Ten record.

Jones' career field goal percentage of 65.0 percent is a Big Ten record as well. She is No. 3 on Maryland's rebounding list with 1,209 career boards and tied Vicky Bullet for No. 5 on Maryland's scoring list with 1,928 points.

Jones and Walker-Kimbrough were two of 14 players in the country named to the Wooden Award National Ballot. Jones was one of 10 semifinalists for the Naismith Trophy. They have earned a record of 125-17 (.880) in their careers. They led the Terrapins to three Big Ten regular season and tournament titles, the 2014 and 2015 Final Fours and the 2017 Sweet Sixteen.