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USF's Andrea Smith, UF's George taken in WNBA draft

BRISTOL, Conn. — Brittney Griner left an indelible mark on women's college basketball. Now she's ready to take on the pros.

Phoenix took Baylor's star center with the top pick in the WNBA draft Monday night.

Also drafted were USF guard Andrea Smith and Florida forward Jennifer George.

Despite knowing she was going first, Griner, the two-time Associated Press player of the year, said she was nervous.

"It's a dream come true. I'm like a little kid in Disney World the first time meeting all the characters," Griner said. "Sitting at the table, they said, '15 seconds,' and my heart started beating so fast. I was grabbing the tablecloth underneath."

Chicago took Delaware forward Elena Delle Donne with the No. 2 pick. Tulsa took Notre Dame guard Skylar Diggins third.

The Bulls' Smith was taken by Connecticut in the third round. She got the news from her brother in a phone call.

"After he told me, my hands just kind of started to shake," she said. "I'm really excited and humbled by the opportunity."

Florida's George was selected by Indiana in the third round.

"It's a dream," she said. "Being drafted in the WNBA is a dream."

For the full draft list, see wnba.com.

USF's Andrea Smith, UF's George taken in WNBA draft 04/16/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 12:26am]
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