UA’s Whyte goes to Stars in second round
TUCSON, Ariz. – University of Arizona senior Davellyn Whyte of Phoenix made Arizona women’s basketball history once again after being picked 16th overall by the San Antonio Stars in the WNBA draft on Monday night.
Whyte became the highest drafted player in Arizona women’s basketball history.
“I’m so excited about the opportunity to play for San Antonio,” Whyte said. “I’m willing to work hard and do what I have to do. I am looking forward to taking everything I learned and everything I have been doing at Arizona to San Antonio.”
Whyte became the seventh Arizona player to be selected in the WNBA draft. The earliest previous selections were Ify Ibekwe, 24th by the Seattle Storm in 2011, Dee-Dee Wheeler, 26th by Los Angeles in 2005, and Adia Barnes selected 32nd by Sacramento in 1998.
Whyte was one of three Pac-12 players selected in the draft, along with California’s Layshia Clarendon (ninth) and Colorado’s Chucky Jeffery (24th).
“This is an exciting time for Davellyn and our program,” Arizona coach Niya Butts said. “We are very proud of her and what she has done for our program and we wish her well.”
A four-time All-Pac-12 pick, Whyte became the second player in Arizona history to score 2,000 or more points in her career. Whyte led the Wildcats in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals in the 2012-13 season and posted the first triple-double in program history against Arizona State on Feb. 19. She started and played in every game in her career at Arizona and ranks in the top-four in nine all-time categories.