Hours after Minnesota Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen was named the new head coach at the University of Minnesota, the Lynx selected former Gophers guard Carlie Wagner in the third round of the 2018 WNBA draft on Thursday.
Wagner, who grew up in New Richland, Minn., played four seasons for the Gophers from 2014-18. She finished her career third on Minnesota’s all-time career scoring list with 2,215 points, just behind Whalen (2,285) and current Connecticut Sun guard Rachel Banham (3,093).
The 22-year-old was named to the All-Big Ten team in 2018 after averaging 18.7 points per game and shooting at a 41.2 percent clip from downtown during her senior campaign. Wagner scored 26.5 points per game in the Big Ten tournament and helped Minnesota win its first NCAA tournament contest since 2009, an 89-77 win over Green Bay in the opening round March 16.
The Lynx also selected Ji-Su Park and Kahlia Lawrence in the second round but sent them in a package deal to Las Vegas in exchange for third-rounder Jill Barta from Gonzaga and a 2019 second-round pick.
Wagner will get a chance to compete alongside Whalen, who will continue to play for the Lynx this summer despite her collegiate coaching duties.