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April 18, 2013

San Antonio picks OU's Whitney Hand in WNBA Draft

NORMAN — University of Oklahoma guard Whitney Hand was selected by the San Antonio Silver Stars in the third round of Monday's WNBA Draft.

 

Hand, who averaged 11.1 points and 7.2 rebounds before missing the final 26 games of Oklahoma's season due to injury, was picked 32nd overall, the eighth selection of the final round.

 

"I'm very thankful for San Antonio to consider me under this circumstance," Hand, who was attending OU's postseason banquet, said. "I appreciate that Coach Hughes has given me the opportunity to recover from my injury and have a chance at continuing to play basketball and live out my dreams next season."

 

Drafting Hand allows San Antonio to claim the rights to her services should she attempt a comeback for the 2014 season. Hand would then be signed to a training camp contract with the Silver Stars.

"Whitney Hand has been a player we've admired her whole career at Oklahoma," Dan Hughes, San Antonio general manager and head coach, said. "Unfortunately, she sustained an ACL injury in December. She's a (former) teammate of Danielle Robinson. What we would like to do with her, obviously, is when she becomes healthy again, see how that plays out. We've just admired this woman. For a chance to draft her in the third round was something we were pleased to do."

 

Hand tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her left knee in Oklahoma's game versus North Texas on Dec. 6, prematurely ending her collegiate career.

 

She will be cleared for a return to full participation in July.

 

Hand rebounded from a similar injury after tearing the ACL in her right knee five games into her sophomore year, returning to the court January 2011 following a 401-day rehabilitation period.

 

Hand made 103 starts in 104 games with the Sooners, totaling 1,211 points, 555 rebounds and 296 assists. Hand ranked 19th in career scoring and 11th in career assists at Oklahoma.

 

The Fort Worth, Texas, native becomes the 14th Sooner in the last 14 seasons to be selected in the WNBA Draft.

 

A pairing with San Antonio would reunite Hand with former Sooner teammate Danielle Robinson, who is entering her third season with the franchise after starting all 34 games and earning WNBA All-Defensive second team honors last year.

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