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2020 WNBA Draft Prospects: Five Things To Know About Chennedy Carter

Chennedy Carter | Point Guard | Texas A&M | 5-Foot-7

Junior Season Stats: 23 GP, 30.8 MPG, 21.3 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 3.5 APG, 1.7 SPG, 0.2 BPG, 45.2 FG%, 25.3 3P%, 72.9 FT%

Texas A&M Career Stats: 88 GP, 33.1 MPG, 22.5 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 4.1 APG, 1.7 SPG, 0.2 BPG, 43.1 FG%, 34.6 3P%, 74.8 FT%

1. Declared for WNBA Draft on Sunday, March 29

Carter was eligible to enter the 2020 WNBA Draft because she turns 22 during this calendar year, despite still being a junior. As she projects to be selected in the top half of the first round, she chose to forego her final year of collegiate eligibility and enter the draft.

Carter is one of three draft-eligible juniors that have declared for the draft, joining Oregon’s Satou Sabally and Connecticut’s Megan Walker.

2. A Scoring Machine at Texas A&M

Carter was one of the most dynamic scorers in college basketball, having averaged at least 21 points in each of her three seasons at Texas A&M. She finished her collegiate career with averages of 22.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.7 steals over 88 games.

What makes Carter so dangerous is her ability to score from all over the court. She has deep shooting range, routinely launching shots well behind the 3-point line, but can also break down defenders off the dribble to either get all the way to the basket or pull up for mid-range jumpers or floaters in the paint.

She finished her Texas A&M career with 1,983 total points – just seven points shy of being the top scorer in the program’s history. She holds the Texas A&M record for most 20-point games (62) and 30-point games (13), while also ranking in the top six in field goals made (732, 3rd), 3-pointers made (148, 6th) and free throws made (371, 3rd).

3. Chance to Make Texas A&M History

Carter was the first to accomplish many things during her career at Texas A&M:

  • She is the first player to be named an All-American in first three years of career
  • She is the first player to be selected to the All-SEC First Team in first three years of career
  • She was Texas A&M’s first winner of a national postseason award after being the unanimous pick for National Freshman of the Year in 2017-18

As she enters the WNBA Draft, she has a strong chance to be the highest selection in the program’s history. There have been 13 Texas A&M players selected in the history of the WNBA Draft, with Kelsey Bone being the highest pick at No. 5 in the 2013 Draft by the New York Liberty.

Will Carter go in the top four on April 17 and make more Texas A&M history?

4. Elite NCAA Tournament Company

Carter led the Aggies to a pair of Sweet 16 appearances in the NCAA Tournament and scored at least 26 points in all six of her career tournament games. Among players with at least five NCAA Tournament games played, Carter ranks third in scoring average at 31.0 points per game, trailing only Elena Delle Donne (34.4 PPG at Delaware) and Sheryl Swoopes (31.7 PPG at Texas Tech). Those two players have combined to win five WNBA MVP awards.

Both of Carter’s NCAA Tournament runs were halted by Notre Dame in the Sweet 16, including a memorable scoring duel with Irish star (and 2019 WNBA Rookie of the Year runner up) Arike Ogunbowale. The two scoring machines combined for 69 points with Carter scoring 35 points and knocking down seven 3-pointers.

5. Synergy Stats Spotlight: Elite Pick-and-Roll Skills

According to Synergy play type data, 40.7% of Carter’s offensive possessions came as the ball handler in pick-and-roll sets. She scored 0.838 points per possessions, which puts her in the 84th percentile of all players across the NCAA. She has also excelled on spot ups, which account for 13.9% of her possessions. Carter scores 1.013 points per spot up possessions, with an effective field goal percentage of 53.8%.

Images Courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics*