COURTESY: Kansas St. Sports Information
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State guard Brittany Chambers was selected with the 22nd overall selection in the second round of the 2013 WNBA Draft by the Los Angeles Sparks on Monday night at the WNBA’s annual draft event. Former Wildcat Jalana Childs will also have an opportunity to make a WNBA roster, as she has been invited to participate in the training camp of the Phoenix Mercury.
Chambers becomes the seventh player in school history to be selected during the WNBA Draft. Chambers and Childs are the ninth and 10th players overall to become a part of the league.
Los Angeles, coached by Carol Ross, finished second in the Western Conference regular season standings with a 24-10 record during the 2012 season. The Sparks advanced to the Western Conference Finals, falling to the 2011 WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx.
In her K-State career, Chambers finished as one of just four players at Big 12 schools to register 2,000 career points, 850 career rebounds and 350 career assists. She set 20 school records (which included single game, single season and career marks) during her senior campaign including: points in a single-game (42), points in a single season (778) and consecutive games scored (134). She also reached double figures in 109 career games to rank tied for 17th in NCAA Division I history and second in program history behind Ohlde’s school record of 117 career games with 10 or more points
She ranks among the top-10 in 12 career categories including: points (2,156, third), rebounds (862, fifth), assists (363, eighth), three-point field goals made (350, second), three-point field goals attempted (974, first), field goals made (751, fourth), field goals attempted (1,845, third), free throws made (304, ninth), minutes played (4,738, first), games played (135, first) and games started (130, first).
Chambers ranks second in school and Big 12 history for career three-point field goals made. She ranks ninth in NCAA history for career three-point field goals made. With former Wildcat Laurie Koehn holding the career NCAA Division I record with 392 made 3-point field goals, K-State is one of two program’s in NCAA Division I women’s basketball history to have two players with 300 or more made 3-point field goals in a career.
In the 2012-13 season, Chambers registered career season-highs in three major statistical categories and became the first player in Big 12 history to score 750 or more points (778; 21.03 ppg), grab 250 or more rebounds (281; 7.6 rpg) and dish out 100 or more assists (122; 3.3 apg). In addition to leading the Wildcats in scoring and rebounding this season, Chambers paced the Wildcats in three-point field goals made and attempted (117-of-310, .377) and free throws made and attempted (115-of-149, .772).
The 778 points were a career-high for Chambers, a school record for points in a single-season and ranks eighth in Big 12 history. The product of Jordan, Minn., scored in double figures in 35 of the 37 games this season, including a school record 22 games of 20 or more points with a school record run of nine straight games with 20 or more points.
Chambers was a 2013 Associated Press All-America honorable mention recipient, earned Senior CLASS Award All-America second team honors, garnered a WBCA All-Region 5 citation, was three-time All-Big 12 First Team honoree and pulled in 2013 WNIT All-Tournament Team honors.
In addition to her on-court honors this season, Chambers was recognized as the inaugural Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women’s basketball recipient, earned her third career Academic All-Big 12 First Team honor. Chambers holds a 3.5 grade point average as a pre-med major.
Childs will be achieving a goal she set for herself before coming to K-State.
“Before I came to college I would tell Coach P (K-State head coach Deb Patterson) that one of my goals was to be a WNBA player,” said Childs. “During my senior year at K-State I started to think that I just wanted to play overseas and not take a chance in the WNBA. After playing overseas, my love for the game improved and I felt the WNBA was going to be a good thing for me. When the Phoenix Mercury offered me this opportunity, I figured I had nothing to lose and everything to prove and gain.
After concluding her K-State career in 2012 as a All-Big 12 First Team selection with averages of 14.3 points and 5.0 rebounds in her senior season, Childs accepted an opportunity to play for H.R. Le-Zion in the Israeli Basketball League. The product of Orlando, Fla., joined the team in late December and played in 10 games, averaging 5.0 points and 3.5 rebounds. Childs’ is looking forward to the chance at competing for an opportunity in Phoenix.
“My expectations for the training camp are to work hard and learn from the veterans like Diana Taurasi and Candice Dupree. It will be a great learning experience and a fun experience for me.”
Phoenix, the 2007 and 2009 WNBA champions, has a history with former Wildcat post players. The Mercury acquired former K-State great Nicole Ohlde in a trade with the Minnesota Lynx prior to the start of the 2009 season. Ohlde then helped the Mercury capture the second WNBA in franchise history by averaging 5.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.0 blocks off the bench.
Kansas State’s WNBA Draft history
Year – Player – Selection – Round – Team
2013 – Brittany Chambers – 22nd pick – second – Los Angeles Sparks
2009 – Shalee Lehning – 25th pick – second – Atlanta Dream
2005 – Kendra Wecker – 4th pick – first – San Antonio Silver Stars
2005 – Megan Mahoney – 34th pick – third – Connecticut Sun
2004 – Nicole Ohlde – 6th pick – first – Minnesota Lynx
2000 – Shanele Stires – 56th pick – fourth – Minnesota Lynx
2000 – Olga Firsova – 13th pick – first – New York Liberty