Meet the 12 Players Attending WNBA Draft 2016

Thirty-six players will hear their name called in Thursday night’s WNBA Draft 2016 presented by State Farm. A select 12 will get the unforgettable opportunity to walk across the stage live on ESPN2.

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This year’s crop of invitees are headlined by UConn’s four-time champs, Breanna Stewart, Moriah Jefferson and Morgan Tuck, but are deep in talent and personality.

Learn more about the 12 elite prospects:

Rachel Banham, Minnesota


  • Scored 60 points in a double overtime victory at Northwestern on Super Bowl Sunday.
    (Tied NCAA Single-Game Scoring Record).
  • Holds the Big Ten Career Scoring Record: 3,093 points (6th all-time in NCAA).
  • Banham received highly publicized praises from Kobe Bryant via several Twitter
    exchanges and a postgame press conference.
  • Kobe Bryant on Banham: “Clutch @rachelbanham15 not many players can side fade,
    let alone for a game winner #mambablood”

Imani Boyette, Texas


  • Imani’s mother, Pam McGee, played in the WNBA, won two National Championships
    at USC and played for the U.S. Olympic gold medal winning basketball team in 1984.
  • Her half-brother, JaVale McGee, is a seven-year NBA veteran who currently plays for
    the Dallas Mavericks.
  • Imani practices the art of spoken word and slam poetry.
  • Imani: “I say poetry is air because it’s something I can’t live without. I credit poetry with
    saving my life.”
  • Received the prestigious Honda Inspiration Award and was named Big 12 Conference
    Female Sportsperson of the Year.
  • Married Paul Boyette, defensive tackle on the Texas Football Team, in the summer of

Kahleah Copper, Rutgers


  • Kahleah’s life changed one day during her sophomore year of high school in
    Philadelphia when she received a text message from her mother, Leticia: Leticia had
    breast cancer.
  • During Leticia’s battle, the basketball court became Kahleah’s refuge. “It was difficult,
    especially in the beginning. But basketball just takes all the pain away. I can be mad at
    the world and have the best game of my life.”
  • Kahleah considers herself a cartoon aficionado.

Moriah Jefferson, Connecticut


  • Helped Uconn to four straight NCAA Championships, and joins teammates Breanna
    Stewart and Morgan Tuck as the only male or female players to do so in NCAA history.
  • Her slight frame, unmatched speed and quickness earned her the nickname “Gnat” or
    “Spitfire” from her beloved Uconn fans.
  • Moriah’s parents chose to home school her, which provided an unconventional path
    into college athletics.

Jonquel Jones, George Washington


  • The lure of better basketball brought Jonquel from her native Freeport, Bahamas to the
    U.S. where she became just the third Bahamian woman to earn a D-I basketball
    scholarship in the US.
  • Jonquel’s father and uncle built a court in her grandmother’s backyard before she was
    born. When she was young she’d wake up at 6 a.m., take a shortcut to her
    grandmother’s house (running through the bushes on this path) to practice from 6-8am,
    then go to school.
  • Her teammates and closest friends affectionately call her “JJ” and she is known to be a
    big fan of hip-hop and reggae music.
  • Jonquel is also a childhood friend and frequent training partner of Buddy Hield (fellow
    Bahamian and former Oklahoma University men’s basketball player).

Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina


  • As a third-grader, Tiffany was a huge Dawn Staley fan and completed a biography
    project on Staley’s life. She asked for Staley’s WNBA Charlotte Sting jersey, which she
    later wore to a Sting game before hanging it on the wall in her home.
  • Tiffany helped now-coach Staley raise the South Carolina program to national
    prominence over the course of her career.
  • Tiffany Mitchell won the Dawn Staley Award her junior year (recognizing her as the
    best D-I guard in the nation).
  • Tiffany is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Aerial Powers, Michigan State


  • Before taking up basketball Aerial first took part in boxing.
  • Aerial credits her father for introducing her to the game. When she was younger her
    father pushed her to play against guys on the Detroit neighborhood courts until she
    learned to say “I got next!”
  • Aerial was twice chosen as Michigan’s Class B Player of the Year at Detroit Country
    Day, a school whose famous alums include Chris Webber, JaVale McGee, Steve
    Ballmer, Shane Battier.

Breanna Stewart, Connecticut


  • Led UConn to four consecutive NCAA Champions and joins teammates Moriah
    Jefferson and Morgan Tuck as the only male or female players to do so in NCAA
  • Often referred to as “Stewie” by her teammates and women’s basketball followers.
    Auriemma on Stewart: “No one ever has impacted the NCAA Tournament as many
    times and as well as Breanna Stewart in the history of college basketball and women’s
  • Named as a finalist for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team.

Morgan Tuck, Connecticut


  • Helped UConn to four straight NCAA Championships, and joins teammates Moriah
    Jefferson and Morgan Tuck as the only male or female players to do so in NCAA
  • Geno Auriemma on Morgan Tuck: “Morgan’s just somebody we can count on every
    day. She’s nothing flashy or spectacular; she just does all the little things that help you
    win games.”

Courtney Walker, Texas A&M


  • Brothers, Anthony and Timothy, both played in the NFL.
  • Clutch player: Hit 7 go-ahead or game tying shots in the last minute of regulation or
    OT in her career.
  • Departed as Aggies’ career leader in points, made FGs, FT% and starts.

Talia Walton, Washington


  • Helped Washington reach the Final Four for first time in program history.
  • Set Final Four record for 3-pointers, converting on her first 7 three-point shots vs. Syracuse on April 3
  • Wears #3 because Diana Taurasi and Candace Parker are her favorite players.
  • Her drive to compete each day is inspired by her mother’s battle with liver cancer.

Courtney Williams, South Florida


  • Courtney’s mother played high school basketball. As a freshman Courtney scored 42
    points in a game, two more than the school record owned by her mom.
  • Courtney won a gold medal with the 2015 USAB World University Games team.
  • When asked what WNBA Player she likes to be compared to she replied: “Diana Taurasi because we have the same mentality.”