The Minnesota Lynx selected Franklin native Diamond Miller with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2023 WNBA draft Monday night.
“I’m just happy to be a part of that organization,” Miller told ESPN’s Holly Rowe after her selection. “They have a lot of success and I’m ready to get to work.”
An All-American and unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection at the University of Maryland, the 6-foot-3 guard and team co-captain this season averaged 19.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.1 steals. The Terps reached the Elite Eight, finished 28-7 and ranked No. 5 in the Coaches Poll.
At Franklin High School Miller led the Warriors to three Group 4 and two Tournament of Champions titles. She scored just under 2,500 points and totaled nearly 900 rebounds. She was New Jersey’s Gatorade Player of the Year and a McDonald’s All-American.
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“Diamond has the physical gifts that I think we all look at and go, wow, she’s legit 6-foot-3, has some length, athleticism, real abilities,” Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve said before the draft. “But there’s a long road ahead for her, too, in terms of wherever she goes, however high she goes. There’s not a guarantee of immediate success. There’s I think quite a bit for each of these prospects that they’re going to go through, as every year.”
South Carolina forward Aliyah Boston was taken first overall by the Indiana Fever.
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