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Courtesy: Duke Athletics
Lexie Brown Invited to 2018 WNBA Draft
Brown Invited to 2018 WNBA Draft in New York
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 04/06/2018
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DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University fifth-year senior Lexie Brown is one of 10 student-athletes invited to attend the 2018 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm that will take place Thursday, April 12 at the Nike New York Headquarters. The first round of the draft will air live on ESPN2 beginning at 7 p.m. (ET), followed by coverage of the second and third rounds on ESPNU at 8 p.m. It will also be streamed live on the ESPN app.

Along with Brown, A’ja Wilson (South Carolina), Jordin Canada (UCLA), Diamond DeShields (Cukurova), Kelsey Mitchell (Ohio State), Kia Nurse (UConn), Victoria Vivians (Mississippi State), Monique Billings (UCLA), Azurá Stevens (UConn) and Gabby Williams (UConn) were also invited to attend.

Brown, who hails from Suwanee, Ga., 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.

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 Las Vegas Aces (formerly the San Antonio Stars) hold the No. 1 overall pick after winning the WNBA Draft Lottery presented by State Farm in November. The Indiana Fever will select second, followed by two selections for the Chicago Sky – the No. 3 pick, acquired in a trade with the Atlanta Dream last season, and its own pick at No. 4.

The 2018 ACC Defensive Player of the Year, Brown notched 16 games with 20 or more points and was selected All-ACC First Team for the second straight year. She notched espnW and Associated Press All-America and was named to the John R. Wooden Award final ballot, Naismith Player of the Year candidate, Wade Watch candidate, Senior CLASS Award finalist, Nancy Lieberman Award finalist and a top 15 finalist for the Dawn Staley Award among others.

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).

In just two years at Duke, Brown made her mark in the career record books ranking 22nd in scoring (1,263), ninth in three-point field goals made (142), 10th in three-point field goals attempted (369), second in free throw percentage (87.5), 19th in assists (277), tied fourth in assist average (4.1), ninth in steals (218) and first in steals average (3.3).

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WNBA DRAFT 2018 ORDER OF SELECTION

First Round
1) Las Vegas (8-26)
2) Indiana (9-25)
3) Chicago from Atlanta (12-22) (McGee-Stafford, Young, Hooper, 8/31/17)
4) Chicago (12-22)
5) Seattle (15-19)
6) Dallas (16-18)
7) Washington (18-16)
8) Indiana from Phoenix (18-16) (B. January, 3/6/18)
9) Connecticut (21-13)
10) New York (22-12)
11) Los Angeles (26-8)
12) Phoenix from Minnesota (27-7) (Robinson, 3/6/18)

Second Round
1) Las Vegas (8-26)
2) Indiana (9-25)
3) Connecticut from Atlanta (12-22) (Hooper, 6/8/17)
4) Atlanta from Chicago (12-22) (McGee-Stafford, Young, Hooper, 8/31/17)
5) Minnesota from Seattle (15-19) (Howard, 2/7/18)
6) Dallas (16-18)
7) Washington (18-16)
8) Phoenix (18-16)
9) Phoenix from Connecticut (21-13) (George, 2/1/18)
10) New York (22-12)
11) Los Angeles (26-8)
12) Minnesota (27-7)

Third Round
1) Las Vegas (8-26)
2) Phoenix from Indiana (9-25) via Las Vegas (Bone, 2/2/18) (Gwathmey, 5/9/17)
3) Atlanta (12-22)
4) Chicago (12-22)
5) Seattle (15-19)
6) Dallas (16-18)
7) Washington (18-16)
8) Las Vegas from Phoenix (18-16) (Currie, Brunner, Murphy, 6/28/17)
9) Connecticut (21-13)
10) New York (22-12)
11) Los Angeles (26-8)
12) Minnesota (27-7)

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