The Chicago Sky select Shey Peddy in the second round.
A nervous Shey Peddy played on her phone and pretended not to have the Women’s National Basketball Association’s Draft on her mind.
Peddy told The Temple News that she knew the WNBA’s Chicago Sky had been taking a look at her. When the 23rd overall pick in the second round came up, the former guard for the Owls became the third player in program history to join a WNBA team yesterday, April 16.
“I worked so hard throughout my career and even just here at Temple, and just to know that it paid off and I made history at Temple as well is definitely an indescribable feeling,” Peddy said.
The Atlantic Ten Conference Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year recorded 1,045 points (1,899 career points) and 206 steals, which ranks ninth in program history. Peddy said she can’t wait to start training with her new team.
“I’m really excited to join Chicago,” Peddy said. “Coach Pokey Chatman’s definitely one of the most well-respected coaches in the league, and even throughout basketball. Just to have the chance to play with these legends almost, it’s definitely a great feeling for me.”
Peddy joins former forward Candice Dupree, drafted sixth overall in 2006 by the Sky before being traded to the Phoenix Mercury in 2010, and Kamesha Hairston, taken 12th overall by the Connecticut Sun in 2007, as the only Owls drafted by the WNBA.
Texas A&M guard Sydney Carter was also drafted by Chicago, who finished 14-20 last season.
“We’re all really happy for her,” coach Tonya Cardoza said in a press release yesterday. “I know how much she wanted this.”
“[Sky coach] Pokey Chatman is a great coach and there’s lots of good talent there,” Cardoza added. “They are looking for guards, they need guards, and this is a great opportunity for [Peddy].”
Peddy ranks first in program history with 3.1 steals per contest and is ranked third all-time with a career average of 15.8 points per game.
The Wright State transfer also posted the following career numbers, which all rank second in school history: 79.8 percent free throw percentage, 3.6 assists per game and a 37.4 percentage from behind the three-point line.
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