Dunlap selected 11th overall to Washington



UK’s Victoria Dunlap was selected 11th overall in the WNBA Draft to the Washington Mystics on Monday.

Dunlap is the highest draft choice in school history and the first UK player drafted since Shantia Owens went 53rd in the 2000 WNBA Draft.

John Wall tweeted minutes after the selection was announced on ESPN: “Yessir welcome my buddy @vickydeez34 (Dunlap’s Twitter handle) to Washington….We got a good one!”

Former UK player and current Redskin Jeremy Jarmon also tweeted: “Welcome to DC @vickydeez34! BBN is expanding to all the sports markets in the area.”

Washington won the 2010 Eastern Conference regular season title before falling in the conference semifinals.

Asked what her plans were for the offseason, Dunlap said: “A lot of ballhandling, working on outside game, anda lot of 3-point shots to get more comfortable with that.”

Dunlap averaged 17.0 points and 8.7 rebounds per game in her senior season at UK on the way to being named the SEC Player of the Year by and SEC Defensive Player of the Year by the league coaches.

ESPN labeled Dunlap a “versatile frontcourt contributor,” and her college game supports that: Dunlap was the only player in the SEC to rank in the top five in scoring, rebounding, blocks and steals.

Dunlap finished one of the most illustrious UK careers in 2011, finishing No. 1 in games played (133) and No. 2 in scoring (1,846), rebounding (1,099), blocks (178), steals (307), free-throws made (445), free-throws attempted (714) and double-doubles (31), according to UK Athletics. She was the first player in school history to chart more than 100 assists, 100 blocks and 300 steals in her career and just the second player with more than 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career.