April 9, 2008
ATLANTA – Georgia Tech guard Chioma Nnamaka was selected in the second round of the 2008 WNBA draft by the San Antonio Silver Stars Wednesday afternoon in Tampa, Fla.
However, a little over an hour after being selected by the Silver Stars, Nnamaka was traded to the Atlanta Dream along with Camille Little and San Antonio’s 2009 1st Round pick for Ann Wauters, Morenike Atunrase and Atlanta’s 2009 2nd Round pick.
Nnamaka was selected 21st overall and was San Antonio’s first pick in the draft. The senior sharp-shooter was selected higher than any other player in the program’s history.
“I get to play in my home away from home in front of my friends and fans,” Nnamaka said. “This kind of caught me off guard. It is an amazing feeling. It is something that I have wanted for so long and now my dream has come true. I think being part of our team at Georgia Tech has made me the player I am today and it reflects well on Coach (MaChelle) Joseph and the program we have.”
Nnamaka becomes the fourth Yellow Jacket to be selected in the draft, joining Kasha Terry (Indiana Fever, second round, 2006), Sonja Mallory (New York Liberty, second round, 2003) and Kisha Ford (New York Liberty, fourth round, 1997).
The Uppsala, Sweden native finished her career as the Jackets’ all-time leader in three-pointers made with 269 and averaged 13.3 points per game in her four seasons on the Flats. Nnamaka played and started a school-record 120 games in her career and earned honorable mention all-Atlantic Coast Conference honors as a senior.
On Saturday, Nnamaka participated in the WNBA’s Pre-Draft Camp which offered team officials the opportunity to evaluate draft-eligible players first-hand.
“The camp was a very good place for me to showcase my skills,” Nnamaka said. “Everyone knows that I am a shooter, so I went in trying to show them that I can play defense and take it the basket.”
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