Former UCLA basketball players Jordin Canada and Monique Billings have both been taken in the 2018 WNBA Draft and are heading to Seattle and Atlanta, respectively.
BOOM! What a day for UCLA basketball as former Bruins Jordan Canada and Monique Billings have been taken in the 2018 WNBA Draft.
Former UCLA point guard Jordin Canada was selected 5th in the first round by the Seattle Storm. It has been said that current Seattle superstar Sue Bird could possibly retire in the near future and was in the market for their next floor general. Well if that was their plan, they got one of the best in college women’s hoops last season.
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Not only did Canada become the Pac-12 Conference’s all-time leader in assists, but she also led the Bruins in scoring with 17.0 ppg and helped UCLA get to their first Elite 8 since 1999, but she wasn’t alone. She had help from another WNBA Draft selection.
Monique Billings also heard her name called during this year’s draft as she was selected 15th overall (Round 2) by the Atlanta Dream and what a dream it will be for Atlanta to have this low post threat.
Billings was simply fantastic around the rim. Her length and agility made her dominant in the paint as she led the Pac-12 in rebounds with 9.5 per game and became UCLA’s all-time leader in blocks with 228. Billings also managed to capture 17 double-doubles throughout the 2017-18 season, leading the Pac-12.
Both Canada and Billings had made UCLA a huge threat in both the Pac-12 and the NCAA Tournament this past year. Though unable to win any hardware in the regular season, the Bruins ran through the first two rounds and put a rather impressive beatdown on #2 Texas in the Sweet 16, avenging their 2016 loss to the Longhorns.
Though UCLA is going to miss both ballers, both Seattle and Atlanta are getting two tough defensive-minded scoring threats will have the heart of a Bruin. Congratulations to both Canada and Billings!