ATLANTA – Friday night marked the night where sports, in some way, returned to regular television with the WNBA Draft.
The first three picks of the draft this season were honorary picks for the WNBA. The selections in alphabetical order were Alyssa Altobelli, Gianna Bryant and Payton Chester.
Those were three of the many lives lost when the late-Kobe Bryant’s helicopter went down.
With teams at home due to COVID-19 the draft wasn’t held in a special location but it’s great that sports returned. The Atlanta Dream picked fourth in this year’s draft and were able to select Chennedy Carter.
Carter, a guard from Texas A&M, should complement the Dream’s rebuild but will have to manage those minor injury concerns that have cropped up with an injury to her ankle suffered before she declared for the draft. Carter missed seven games.
Throughout her career at Texas A&M, Carter averaged 22.5 points per game with 357 assists. She also showed well in rebounding with 368.
“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Chennedy and her family to the ATL,” Dream Head Coach Nicki Collen said in a press release. “Chennedy is a gifted scorer, possessing great speed, skill and strength with the ball in her hands. While she split time at the guard positions in college, we believe Chennedy will thrive as an up-tempo point guard in the WNBA. She is an underrated passer with the ability to attack the lane to create opportunities for herself and her teammates. We believe Chennedy has a chance with time and commitment to be a special player in Atlanta.”
Carter followed up at No. 4 behind Sabrina Ionescu, Satou Sabally and Lauren Cox.
The Dream weren’t done in the draft though as they selected three more athletes after Carter.
With the No. 17 (second round) overall pick, the Dream selected Brittany Brewer out of Texas Tech. In the third round, Atlanta selected Mikayla Pivec of Oregon State (25th) and Kobi Thornton of Clemson (27th).