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Kelsey Plum’s WNBA Resume

Every year young adults leave college and make their move into the professional world in a variety of fields. Finding that first job as a professional often centers around one question: How will their resume set them apart from the rest of the candidates?

Maybe they graduated at the top of their class; maybe they had a great internship; maybe they were a member of a prestigious club; maybe they earned some awards along the way.

As WNBA Draft 2017 draws closer, coaches and executives around  the league have been examining the resumes of college and overseas prospects, looking for the candidate that will best serve their organization in the years to come.

And when it comes to resumes of this year’s top prospects, few can compete with Washington’s Kelsey Plum.

Kelsey Plum Plays Pop-A-Shot, Talks Historic Season on ESPN’s SportsCenter

Kelsey Plum
5-8, Guard
University of Washington
Poway, California

Objective
Become a top pick in WNBA Draft 2017 and bring scoring prowess to the highest level of competition in the world.

Skills and Abilities

  • Highest scoring player in the history of NCAA Division I women’s basketball
  • Scored an NCAA record 1,109 points in her senior season
    • Averaged 31.7 points per game
    • Scored at least 21 points in all 35 games
    • 17 games with 30-plus points
    • 5 games with 40-plus points
    • Scored a career-high 57 points (vs. Utah, Feb. 25, 2017)
      • Pac-12 record, 5th highest in NCAA Division I history
    • Dynamic and creative offensive player with the ability to score in a variety of ways (play type data courtesy of Synergy)
      • Pick and Roll Ball Handler (32.9% of plays)
        • 1.066 points per possession (97th percentile), 53.3 effective FG%
      • Transition (25.1% of plays)
        • 1.422 pts/poss (98th percentile), 72.4 eFG%
      • Isolation (12.2% of plays)
        • 1.098 pts/poss (95th percentile), 54.0 eFG%
      • Spot Up (11.7% of plays)
        • 1.421 pts/poss (100th percentile), 75.5 eFG%
      • Hand Off (5.7% of plays)
        • 1.173 pts/poss (93rd percentile), 53.8 eFG%
      • Cut (4.2% of plays)
        • 1.605 pts/poss (100th percentile), 77.4 eFG%
      • Ability to combine high shot volume (717 FGA ranked 2nd in NCAA) with efficiency (379 FGM led NCAA by 69 FGs)
        • Shot a career-high from the field: 52.9% (43rd in NCAA, 4th among guards)
        • Shot a career-high from three: 42.8% (15th in NCAA)
      • Unselfish player that led her team in assists in each of the past two seasons
        • 8 assists per game in 2016-17
        • 2 assists per game in 2015-16

Honors and Achievements

  • All-time NCAA scoring leader with 3,527 points
    • broke record held by Jackie Stiles, 3,393 points from 1997-2001
  • Single-season NCAA scoring record with 1,109 points in 2016-17
    • broke record held by Stiles, 1,062 in 2001
  • All-time NCAA career free throw record with 912
    • broke record held by Lorri Bauman, 907 free throws from 1981-84
  • Multiple Player of the Year Awards in 2017
    • Associated Press
    • ESPNW
    • Pac-12
    • Wooden Award
    • Naismith Trophy
    • Wade Trophy
    • Ann Meyers Drysdale Award
  • Multiple Position Specific Player of the Year Awards in 2017
    • Dawn Staley Award (guard)
    • Nancy Lieberman Award (point guard)
  • All-America selection by multiple organizations
    • Associated Press (Unanimous First Team)
    • ESPNW (Unanimous First Team)
    • Women’s Basketball Coaches Association
    • S. Basketball Writers Association

Education

  • University of Washington, 2013-2017
  • Major was Anthropology
  • 3-time Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention (2015-2017)

References

  • Mike Neighbors
    • Head Women’s Basketball Coach, University of Washington (2013-2017)
    • Recently hired by University of Arkansas in same position
  • Opposing Pac-12 Coaches
    • Tasked with trying to stop Plum over last four seasons
  • NBA All-Star James Harden (Houston Rockets)
James Harden on WNBA Draft Prospect Kelsey Plum (Washington)