Storm Selects Tianna Hawkins in the
first round of 2013 WNBA Draft
Chelsea Poppens and Jasmine James selected in the second and third rounds
April 15, 2013
SEATTLE - The Seattle Storm selected Tianna Hawkins from Maryland with the No. 6 pick, Chelsea Poppens from Iowa State with the No. 18 pick and Jasmine James from Georgia with the No. 30 pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm. The draft was held at ESPN Headquarters in Bristol, Conn.
Hawkins, a 6-3 forward from Maryland, averaged 18.3 points per game and was an All-ACC First Team pick. She is one of three players in Maryland history with 1,000 rebounds. She led the country in field goal percentage at 62.3% 2012. Hawkins guided her team to the Sweet 16 in this year’s NCAA women’s basketball tournament and was also a nominee for The Wooden Award.
“She’s got a great work ethic and she gives us some size,” Agler said. “We like versatile post players and we feel like she’s the best one in the draft this year and even into next year’s draft in regards to her versatility. We’ve just found that post players that can stretch the defense really help our offense and we feel like she can do that for us.”
With the No. 18 pick, the Storm selected Chelsea Poppens from Iowa State. This 6-2 forward was an All-Big 12 First Team pick on the court and in the classroom. She was a co-captain in her final two seasons and leaves Iowa State with a career record for offensive rebounds. Poppens led Iowa State to the Big 12 Tournament title game against Griner’s Baylor team. She ranked 12th in conference scoring at 13.4 points per game, third in rebounding at 9.7, shot .504 from the field and .837 from the free throw line.
James helped Georgia get to the Elite 8 of this year's NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs edged Stanford in the Sweet 16, as James pumped in a team-high 16 points, handed out five assists and came up with three steals. She finished among Georgia’s all-time top 10 in steals.
“I think we addressed some of our needs, adding size and athleticism with Tianna and Chelsea,” he said. “We have a unique year coming up not having Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson. I think the personality of our team will change a little bit. … We feel like we’ll have a very competitive training camp.”
The Storm opens the 2013 season on the road at L.A. on May 26. The home opener is June 2 vs. Phoenix and No. 1 draft pick Brittney Griner. Fans can save on tickets to see the Top 3 draft picks; Brittney Griner and Phoenix, Elena Delle Donne and Chicago, and Skylar Diggins with Tulsa. This special three-game draft package is available at a discount for a limited time by visiting StormBasketball.com.