Williams selected 22nd overall in WNBA draft

Special to the Sun
Thursday, April 13, 2017 11:14 PM

Florida senior Ronni Williams became the 18th Gator selected in the WNBA draft when the Indiana Fever made the forward the 22nd overall pick in the draft Thursday.

Williams, who was the 10th pick in the second round, is the first Gator selected in the WNBA draft since Jennifer George was picked in the third round by Indiana in 2013.

Fever coach Pokey Chatman told the Sun Thursday night that Williams’ versatility was a big reason she was drafted in the second round.

“She can play a lot of positions,” said Chatman, who played and coached at LSU. “She’s blue collar. She can play multiple positions. She’s got a lot of the intangible things coaches like to take credit for but they are innate.

“When they were struggling this year, she showed some leadership. It’s hard to ignore some of the things she’s done in that league.”

As the 22nd overall selection, Williams is the highest Gator picked in the draft since Vanessa Hayden was the seventh overall selection by the Minnesota Lynx in 2004.

She wraps up her bachelor's degree in Telecommunications - Media & Society at the end of this month and then heads to the team's training camp.

Williams was one of eight players from the Southeastern Conference selected on Thursday.




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