April 11, 2011
ATLANTA – Georgia Tech’s Alex Montgomery was selected by the New York Liberty with the No. 10 overall pick in the first round of the 2011 WNBA Draft held today in Bristol, Conn.
Montgomery was the first ACC player to be drafted and is the highest Yellow Jacket to ever be drafted. She became the sixth Tech player to be selected in the WNBA Draft and the third in the last four years.
“It’s an honor to be one of the top players selected in the WNBA Draft and to be drafted by the New York Liberty,” Montgomery said. “I’m very excited to get to New York and work to help the Liberty compete for a championship.”
Montgomery earned a slew of postseason honors this year as she was named State Farm Coaches’ All-America Honorable Mention, the State of Georgia Women’s College Player of the Year, Second Team All-ACC and ACC All-Defensive Team.
“We are very proud of Alex,” head coach MaChelle Joseph said. “This is a very special day for our program. To have a player picked in the first round of the WNBA Draft has to be one of my proudest moments as a head coach. I know Alex will represent Georgia Tech and our program in a first class way.”
Montgomery led the Yellow Jackets to a school record 24 wins, an NCAA Tournament berth, and helped Tech win only its third tournament game. This season she also helped the Jackets set a school record with a 13-game winning streak, and tied school records with 14 home wins and nine ACC victories.
Montgomery, along with classmate Deja Foster, will graduate Georgia Tech as the school’s all-time winningest class with 91 career wins. Montgomery led Tech in points, 13.9 per game, and rebounds, 8.6 per contest, in her final season on The Flats, and was second on the team with 81 assists and 73 steals.
Montgomery finished her career sixth on the Georgia Tech all-time scoring list with 1,565 points, third in three-pointers made, 237, fourth in rebounds with 837, fifth in steals with 226 and tied for second in games played, 123. Her 237 career threes rank tied for ninth in Atlantic Coast Conference history.
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