Oklahoma City native Danielle Gant was selected by Chicago in the second round of Thursday’s WNBA Draft. The former Putnam City West High School standout, who was a two-time first-team All-Big 12 selection at Texas A&M, was the 16th overall pick.
A total of five Big 12 players were selected — Oklahoma’s Courtney and Ashley Paris, Gant, Kansas State’s Shalee Lehning and Baylor’s Jessica Morrow .
ASHLEY’S LONG WAITOf the 15 players invited to the draft, Ashley Paris was the last to be selected. She playfully wiped her brow when her name was called almost an hour and a half into the draft. "Probably out of all the people in the world, I’m best suited to endure that,” she said, adding that she’s become used to waiting in the wings as the sister of Courtney Paris. "I didn’t mind sitting there. It worked out well.”
PARIS VS. PARISThe Paris twins will be playing on different teams for the first time in a long time after playing together as kids, in high school and in college. On June 21, the sisters will play against each other when Sacramento plays at Los Angeles.
SOONER COACHES ON HANDCourtney and Ashley Paris were joined at the draft not only by their parents and step-parents but also by Sooner coaches Sherri Coale, Jan Ross and Stacy Hansmeyer. By Jenni Carlson