UK women's A'dia Mathies likely late 1st-round or early 2nd-round WNBA pick

jsmith3@herald-leader.comApril 14, 2013 

In Kentucky's most recent NCAA Tournament run, A'dia Mathies' name was pronounced at least 10 ways by various announcers, commentators and moderators. The senior guard won't mind much how it's pronounced on Monday night as long as it is called as a part of the WNBA Draft, which will be shown live on ESPN.

Mathies, the Cats' second-leading scorer all-time with 2,014 career points, wasn't one of the top players selected to sit anxiously at a table in the ESPN studio, but several mock drafts indicate that she likely will go late in the first round (first 12) or early in the second.

Most recent mock WNBA drafts have Mathies going as high as No. 10 to as low as No. 16.

In 2011, forward Victoria Dunlap became UK's first WNBA first-round draft pick went she went with the 11th overall pick.

Mathies finished her Kentucky career ranked in the top 10 of 13 career lists, including tops in steals and games played.

The Kentucky Miss Basketball out of Iroquois finished her UK time with 2,014 points, 670 rebounds, 320 steals and 349 assists.

Her 2,000-point mark puts her in an elite Kentucky group that only includes Valerie Still, Dan Issel, Jack "Goose" Givens and Kenny Walker.

Mathies, the two-time defending Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, led Kentucky to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight three times in four years and helped the Cats win 111 games, including a 64-3 mark at home.

Jennifer Smith: (859) 231-3241. Twitter: @jenheraldleader. Blog: UKwomen.bloginky.com.

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