Alex Bentley Invited to WNBA Draft
While her Penn State career might be over, the future is looking bright for Alex Bentley.
After receiving First Team All-Big Ten honors for her play during her senior year, the Lady Lions guard was invited to attend the WNBA Draft on Monday, April 15 in the ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn.
Bentley averaged 14.1 points and 3.4 rebounds in her senior season, and was ranked sixth in the country at 3.4 steals per game. She became only the fourth player in Big Ten history to collect 1500 points, 500 assists, and 300 steals. Bentley was also chosen to be the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award winner (the nation’s top female student-athlete under 5’8″).
Bentley is projected to be drafted late in the first round, according to DraftSite.com. She is projected to go to the 2011 WNBA Champion and 2012 runner-up Minnesota Lynx. Baylor’s Brittney Griner is projected to be the first pick overall, to the Phoenix Mercury.
The draft will also feature players in attendance such as Griner, Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins, and Delaware’s Elena Delle Donne. The players will hope to follow in the steps of WNBA legends such as Diana Taurasi, Candace Parker, and Sue Bird as the #1 overall choice of the draft.
The WNBA draft will be broadcast on ESPN at 8 p.m. on April 15, making it the first time that the draft will be broadcast in primetime.