Aces Select Potential Gems in WNBA Draft
The Las Vegas Aces added three more pieces to their potential championship puzzle Thursday evening, as they selected 19-year-old forward Iliana Rupert from France (No. 12 overall), guard Destiny Slocum from Arkansas (No. 14), and guard Kionna Jeter from Towson (No. 36).
Rupert just finished her third professional season at age 19, playing in her native France. A year ago, she was named the Euroleague Young Player of the Year. This season, she averaged a career-high 10.2 points in the French League, while connecting on a career-high 63% from the field
"It was clear we couldn't pass up a talent like Iliana," said Aces Head Coach Bill Laimbeer. "She's already a quality player, and at only 19 years of age, she is only going to get better. We need young talent to continue moving this franchise forward, and she fits the bill perfectly."
The Aces used their second round selection on Slocum, a prolific shooter since she first suited up as a collegian, Slocum nailed 37.5 percent of her attempts from beyond the arc, never shooting below 36.8 percent in her four years.
She is equally as efficient as a passer, leading her team in assists every year of her career, and posting better than a two-to-one assist-to-turnover ratio over her last two seasons. She had 106 assists in her senior year.
She was the 2017 National Freshman of the Year and an All-Conference performer in the SEC, Pac 12 and Big Ten during her career.
"Destiny is a great facilitator, has a quality outside shot, and is an outstanding passer," said Laimbeer. "She is also a quality teammate, who will fit well within the chemistry of our ballclub."
Kionna Jeter finished in the top ten in the nation in scoring this season pouring in 23.0 points per game en route to her third straight All-CAA First Team selection. The first player ever selected from Towson in the WNBA Draft, the 5-8 Spartanburg, SC native finished her career ranked third in school history in scoring (1,582), third in three-pointers (186), and fourth in steals (237).
"Kionna finished in the top ten in the nation in scoring this year at Towson, and we're excited to see what she can do against WNBA competition come training camp," said Laimbeer.
The Aces will open training camp in two weeks and will tip off the season May 15th in Seattle against the defending champion, Storm.