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Ameshya Williams-Holliday: WNBA drafts its first player from an HBCU in 20 years

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No participant from a traditionally Black school or college has been drafted into the WNBA since 2002. On Monday night time, that lastly modified.

Ameshya Williams-Holliday, a senior heart out of Jackson State College, was chosen within the third spherical, twenty fifth general, by the Indiana Fever, making her the primary HBCU participant to be drafted into the WNBA in 20 years.

A 3-time Southwestern Atlantic Convention defensive participant of the 12 months, Williams-Holliday was additionally participant of the 12 months for the 2021-22 season. CNN reached out to Williams-Holliday for remark however didn’t instantly obtain a response.

Within the 26 years for the reason that WNBA’s founding, solely 5 gamers from an HBCU have ever been drafted into the league.

Three have been in 2002: Andrea Gardner from Howard College, Amba Kongolo from North Carolina Central College, and Jacklyn Winfield from Southern College and A&M Faculty.

The 2 different HBCU gamers drafted have been Denique Graves in 1997 and Karen Wilkins in 1998, each from Howard College.

However in 2022, there are not any gamers from an HBCU within the WNBA.

“I believe if I used to be at a Energy 5 college, it might be a special story of me being drafted or attempting to get my foot in (the WNBA),” Williams-Holliday mentioned in an interview final week with ESPN’s Andscape.

“Folks assume (HBCUs) can’t compete with different high establishments (or) a Energy 5 college, however that’s not true,” she mentioned. “I believe we should be on the identical degree. I do assume if I used to be nonetheless at Mississippi State, I’d be a first-round draft choose.”