April 5, 2006
Sting Select Currie, Fluker, Bond In 2006 WNBA Draft

It was no secret Charlotte Sting General Manager Trudi Lacey and Head Coach Muggsy Bogues entered Wednesday�s WNBA Draft looking to fill needs with the best players available.

They believe they did exactly that, selecting guard Monique Currie and center Tye�sha Fluker with the No.3 and No. 10 overall picks in the first round of the 2006 WNBA Draft and adding point guard LaToya Bond with the 27th overall pick.

�It was an exciting draft,� Lacey said. �The first two picks went as we anticipated and Monique Currie was there for us at number three. We felt that we needed some perimeter scoring, and she�s a very versatile player who sees the floor well and passes well. She�s a good rebounder at the perimeter spot and has the ability to get to the free throw line often. She�ll be a nice fit with the core players we already have.�

For Currie, the 6-0, 177-pound guard from Duke, it has been an emotional 12 hours or so. Coming off a 78-75 overtime loss to Maryland in the Women�s National Championship game on Tuesday night, the next stop was the 2006 WNBA Draft at the Boston Convention Center, where she quickly became the Sting's top pick.

�I had a pretty tough loss last night so a lot of emotions are going on with me and mixed feelings, but I�m a pro now and it feels great,� Currie said. �I�m looking forward to getting started with everything.�

Currie averaged 15.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists in her five-year career with the Blue Devils after redshirting with an ACL injury in the 2002-03 season. She finished her career as the only player in ACC history to register over 2,000 points, 800 rebounds, 400 assists and 200 steals.

In 2005-06, Currie averaged 16.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists while shooting .475 (202-425) and a career-best .420 (42-100) from three-point range as a fifth-year senior. She posted the only triple double in the ACC this season with 21 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists against Florida State on January 5, 2006.

Selected as a Kodak All-American for the second straight year in 2005-06, Currie is only the second player in Duke history, joining Alana Beard, as a repeat honoree. During the course of her career, she helped lead the Blue Devils to three NCAA Final Four appearances including a trip to the Championship game in 2006. In 2004-05, she averaged 17.5 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists as she was named the 2005 ACC Player of the Year.

�We felt that Monique (Currie) was the best fit for our team with the players we have coming back,� Bogues said. �We think her upside is tremendous, and she�s coming from a great program. The things that she can do will work well with our system.

�She�s a versatile player who can go at the one, two or possibly three, so we�re going to let her grow. We�re not going to go out and put a lot of pressure on her. She has great veterans in front of her right now that will be a great compliment to her.�

With their second pick in the first round, Charlotte took the player many analysts believe to be the best post player in the draft in Fluker, the 6-5 center from Tennessee.

�The one thing this draft lacked was quality post players and big bodies, and Tye�sha Fluker is exactly that,� ESPN analyst Doris Burke said.

�She was the best post player in this draft,� added ESPN analyst Anne Meyers. �She�s strong and has great footwork inside.�

Fluker is coming off her best collegiate season for the Volunteers, averaging 9.6 points and 4.8 rebounds while shooting 54.7 percent from the field as a senior. She finished her career ranked seventh in games played with 140 and 12th in career blocks with 88.

A three-time All-SEC Academic selection, Fluker helped lead Tennessee to three Final Four appearances, two regular season SEC titles, two SEC Tournament crowns and an overall record of 125-19 in her four-year career. Now, she is ready to take that next step.

�I had no clue (when I would be drafted),� Fluker said. �I was shaking waiting for my name to be called. When they called my name I was so excited. I�m ready to work hard and do whatever it is the coaching staff needs me to do.

�I�m a physical post player who likes to get in on the low block and bang and post up. I�m just a physical player who is aggressive to the boards. I think I just bring that physical presence to the game.�

While Fluker was shaking in anticipation, Bogues was surprised when Charlotte�s 10th pick rolled around and she was still on the board.

�We were definitely surprised that Tye�sha Fluker was still there,� he said. �We wanted to address the need that we had for our post and she was the best post player out there, so it was a bonus to get her on board.�

With Currie and Fluker in the fold, the Sting turned their attention to the point with their final pick, taking Bond, the 5-7 guard out of Missouri. She averaged 10.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists in her four-year career with the Tigers, but put up 17.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists her senior season. An All-Big 12 First Team selection, she was also named to the All-Big 12 Defensive Team.

�We�ve got a good mixture coming into camp now,� Bogues said. �We filled some voids we needed to with a perimeter player, a post player and a back-up point guard, so it was exciting today the way everything ended.�

  • Monique Currie Player Profile
  • Tye'sha Fluker Player Profile
  • LaToya Bond bio