UVA’s Jocelyn Willoughby taken in WNBA Draft first round

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Virginia guard Jocelyn Willoughby was selected by the Phoenix Mercury with the 10th pick in the first round of the WNBA 2020 Draft.

After being taken by the Mercury, Willoughby was then traded to the New York Liberty for Shatori Walker-Kimbrough

Willoughby is the 11th player in program history to be taken in a WNBA draft, and the fifth to be taken in the first round. She is the first Virginia player to be drafted since Monica Wright was the second overall pick in the 2010 draft.

Willoughby, an honorable mention for All-America honors, finished the season as the ACC scoring leader at 19.2 points per game, making her just the second player in program history to pace the conference in scoring. She also ranked 10th in the ACC in rebounding at 7.5 per game and was named All-ACC First Team in votes by the Blue Ribbon Panel and the league’s head coaches.

Willoughby, a third-team CoSIDA Academic All-American, was the first player in program history to be the recipient of the 2019-20 Kay Yow Award as the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Willoughby was also named to the 2019-20 All-ACC Academic Team, making her Virginia’s first four-time recipient of that honor.


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