Where Are They Now

The Sky have drafted a total of 15 players in its first five seasons in the WNBA and while some have gone on to illustrious careers in the WNBA, others have headed in alternate directions since being drafted. Here is an update of where some of those players are now.

Candice Dupree was the first draft pick all-time for the Sky. She was selected in the first round with the sixth overall pick in the 2006 WNBA Draft. Dupree led the Sky in scoring in every season from 2006 until 2009. She was an All Star in 2006, 2007, and 2009.

Dupree was traded to Phoenix in March of 2009 in a three-team deal that sent Cappie Pondexter and Kelly Mazzante to New York, and brought former Liberty players Shameka Christon and Cathrine Kraayeveld to Chicago.

Selected by the Chicago Sky in the third round (34th overall) of the 2006 WNBA Draft, Kerri Gardin didnít stay long with the Sky. After being waived on May 16, 2006, she was signed by the Storm, but her season in Seattle followed a similar pattern. She was waived again in the spring of 2007. Gardin finally found a home when she signed as a free agent with the Connecticut Sun on March 3, 2008. She has played three seasons as a forward with Connecticut.

Armintie Price was selected by Chicago Sky third overall in the 2007 WNBA draft. In her first season, Price started all 34 games and was named 2007 WNBA Rookie of the Year. Coming off a fantastic start to her career, Priceís numbers dropped a little in her second go-around. Near the end of the 2009 season, she was traded to the Atlanta Dream for Tamera Young.

Later in the 2007 first round, the Sky selected Carla Thomas. Thomas played one season for the Sky, and signed with the Mystics for one season before moving her professional career overseas.

Going in the second round to the Sky, Stephanie Raymond also joined the team in 2007. A graduate of Northern Illinois University, Raymond was a local favorite. She played the 2007 season with the Sky, but was cut from the team the following year. Raymond is still playing ball, spending the 2010-2011 season on a team in Poland.

2008 was the year of Sylvia ďBig SylĒ Fowles. The Sky snapped up its star in the first round, with the second overall pick of the draft. The All Star struggled with injuries in her first two seasons, and yet still managed to put up some impressive numbers. This past season, she started every game, and led the team in both scoring and rebounding. The Sky anticipates another big season from Big Syl in 2011!

Quianna Chaney was selected 19th in the 2008 draft, and played in 28 games of her rookie season with the Sky. In 2009, she played one preseason game before she was placed on waivers at the 11-woman roster cut. She is currently a free agent but has spent the off-seasons playing overseas in Europe.

Kristi Toliver was drafted third overall by the Chicago Sky in the WNBA Draft on April 9, 2009. An outside shooter, she led all WNBA rookies and was second overall in the WNBA, with a 44.4 shooting percentage from three-point range. Toliver was traded to LA at the end of the 2009 season for their second-round draft pick.

In 2010 WNBA draft, the Sky chose last seasonís stand out rookie, Epiphanny Prince, with the fourth overall pick. Prince played in all 34 games for the Sky last season, and averaged 9.8 points. After a winter overseas, fine-tuning her skills under the leadership of the Skyís new coach, Pokey Chatman, Prince returns to Chicago for the 2011 season, equipped for an even better performance.

In 2010 the Sky also chose Abi Olajuwan with the fourth pick in the third round. She played six games with the Sky last season before being released. She now plays abroad for the Romanian Club CSM Satu Mare. Fun fact: Abiís full name is Alon Abisola Arisicate Ajoke Olajuwon.

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