Minnesota Lynx take Temi Fagbenle with 35th pick of WNBA draft

There was another major headline written for British Basketball during the early hours of Thursday morning as Temi Fagbenle joined a small and exclusive club of British players to have been drafted to the WNBA.

In a fantastic achievement for the player and in another huge boost for the women’s game in the UK, the 23-year-old was the 35th pick of the 2016 draft and was taken by reigning WNBA champions, Minnesota Lynx.

Having graduated from Harvard with an anthropology degree, Fagbenle has spent the 2015-16 season on the West Coast at the University of Southern California, where she has averaged 13.6 points and 8.7 rebounds per game while studying for her Masters degree.

Stepping out at the 2012 London Olympics while still a teenager and having averaged a highly productive 11.5 points and 6.5 rebounds last year at EuroBasket Women Final Round in Hungary, Fagbenle has impressed at international level as well as during her College career Stateside.

Fagbenle follows in the footsteps of fellow GB Senior Women’s star, Jo Leedham who was the 27th pick of the Connecticut Sun in the 2010 WNBA Draft.

Andrea Congreaves remains the only British player to have went on to compete in the WNBA – although Fagbenle won’t be racking up that accomplishment just yet, as she will forgo this summer to finish her educational commitments.

The full 2016 draft is available here.

Source: GB Basketball
Image: Eric Evans Photography