The San Antonio Stars made a surprising move and selected guard Kayla McBride from Notre Dame with the No. 3 pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft on Monday night.
“I’m really excited,” McBride said. “Being (at the draft) is an honor and to go number three is more than I expected.”
McBride averaged 17.6 points and 5.3 rebounds as she led Notre Dame to the 2014 national championship game, but would fall at the final hurdle to the Connecticut Huskies. She led the Irish to Final Four in all four of her seasons, including three national title games.
But what many Stars fans are wondering is: what will she bring to the Alamo City?
McBride’s shot is a thing of beauty. During the 2013-14 season, she shot .497 percent from the field and .468 from beyond the arc. She seems to be a perfect fit for San Antonio’s system as she brings a lethal jump shot and is a very flashy passer as well. The back court of McBride and Danielle Robinson will be a deadly duo in the near future for the Stars.
The 5-11 guard was finalist for the Naismith Trophy and the Wooden Award. McBride finished her career as Notre Dame’s fifth career scorer with 1,876 points total points.
With Becky Hammon on the back end of her career, it appears Stars Head Coach/General Manager Dan Hughes is preparing McBride to be the next face of the franchise and will learn a great deal from Hughes, Hammon and Robinson.
With McBride in Silver & Black, the Stars future is bright. I mean – they have the luck of the Irish on their side.
(Quotes via ESPN 2 broadcast, stats via ESPN.com)