NEW YORK, N.Y. – After preparing for this moment for a very long time, the Duke University fifth-year tandem of Lexie Brown and Rebecca Greenwell are set for the 2018 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm, which will take place at the Nike New York Headquarters beginning at 7 p.m. (ET). The first round will be aired live on ESPN2.
Brown was one of 10 student-athletes invited to attend the draft in New York that will also feature coverage of the second and third rounds on ESPNU at 8 p.m. It will be streamed live on the ESPN app.
A native of Suwanee, Ga., Brown closed an outstanding collegiate career with the Blue Devils, after totaling 2,088 points, 587 assists, 345 steals, 262 three-pointers made and 455 rebounds. The 5-9 guard became only the third player in NCAA Power Five Conference history to accumulate over 2,000 points, 500 assists, 300 steals and 200 three-pointers during her time at Duke and Maryland.
Duke has featured four first round draft selections over the last seven seasons – Elizabeth Williams (2015 - No. 4 overall), Chelsea Gray (2014 – No. 11 overall), Tricia Liston (2014 – No. 12 overall) and Jasmine Thomas (2011 – No. 12 overall).
Nike New York Headquarters, which boasts an interactive and experiential atmosphere, is hosting the draft for the first time. The 150,000-square-foot venue, which opened last June, features a 4,000-square-foot indoor basketball court that will serve as the broadcast hub for the draft. The event is not open to the public.
Brown is coming off turning in one of the best individual seasons in Duke and ACC history by averaging 19.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 3.7 steals for the Blue Devils. Her 122 steals were a new Duke single-season mark, breaking Duke great Alana Beard’s record of 114. The 5-9 guard collected an impressive 14 steals over her final two collegiate contests against 18th-ranked Georgia and top-ranked Connecticut.
The daughter of Dee Brown, who was selected with the 19th overall pick in the 1990 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics, Brown is looking to become the first daughter of a former WNBA head coach to be drafted. Dee Brown was the Orlando Miracle head coach in 2002 and the San Antonio Silver Stars head coach in 2004.
Other daughters and dads that were selected in the WNBA and NBA drafts include – Natalie Williams (1990, 1st Round) and Nate Williams (1971 Hardship Draft), Tamika Catchings (2001, 1st Round) and Harvey Catchings (1974, 3rd Round), Cheryl Ford (2003, 1st Round) and Karl Malone (1985, 1st Round), Kaela Davis (2017, 1st Round) and Antonio Davis (1990, 2nd Round) and Abi Olajuwon (2010, 3rd Round) and Hakeem Olajuwon (1994, 1st Round).
A 6-1 native of Owensboro, Ky., Greenwell concluded her impressive career hitting a Duke record 301 three-pointers over four seasons, while also ranking fifth all-time on the ACC charts. She became just the second ACC player in history to drain 70 or more three-pointers in four straight seasons. Greenwell finished her Blue Devil career hitting 39.9 percent from downtown, which is the sixth-highest percentage at Duke.
Since the 2004 campaign, the Blue Devils have featured 18 WNBA draft selections, including 10 first round picks. Duke’s alumnae turned in outstanding seasons in the WNBA in 2017 that included All-Star nods by Jasmine Thomas and Elizabeth Williams. Chelsea Gray earned All-WNBA accolades and Alana Beard was selected the WNBA Defensive Player of the Year. Thomas and Beard were both named to the All-WNBA Defensive Team as well.
As a senior, Greenwell sank 73 treys for an ACC-best 42.9 percentage. The three-time All-ACC selection also averaged 13.9 points, a team-high 6.4 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.6 assists. Greenwell was the first Blue Devil to amass 1,800 points, 600 rebounds and 200 made three-pointers over her career. She concluded her Duke career with 1,874 points, 761 rebounds and 215 steals. Greenwell ranked fifth in points, 12th in rebounds and 11th in steals on the Blue Devil career charts.