Women’s basketball: Clarendon picked No. 9 in WNBA draft by defending champ Indiana Fever

Guard Layshia Clarendon, who led Cal to its first women’s Final Four appearance, was chosen No. 9 by the defending champion Indiana Fever in the WNBA draft.

Clarendon was a two-time all-Pac-12 selection and helped the Bears to their first conference title. She is considered a strong leader and good defender with an effective mid-range scoring game.

Clarendon became the highest-drafted Cal player and just the third Golden Bear to be drafted by the league, following in the footsteps of Ashley Walker (2009, No. 12 in 2009) and Alexis Gray-Lawson (No. 30 in 2010).

 “It’s exciting (to play for Indiana),” Clarendon said. “I’ve always been a part of underdog teams and now I’m a defending champion by default. I’m excited to play with my fellow Pac-10/Pac-12 sisters (Briann) January and Jeannette Pohlen.”

As expected, the top three selections in the WNBA draft were Baylor’s Brittney Griner (Phoenix), Delaware’s Elena Delle Donne (Chicago) and Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins (Tulsa).

Jeff Faraudo

  • Eric

    Good for her. Now go make every team that picked 1-8 pay!

  • BlueNGold

    Wow I thought the WNBA had gone belly up a few years back. Glad to see that the ladies have an opportunity to play professionally after college. And its great to see Layshia being rewarded for her hard work and stellar success in the college game. Maybe now she will do something about that mohawk.