Allisha Gray of the Dallas Wings has been named WNBA Rookie of the Year.
Allisha Gray is on one heck of a run in 2017. The Dallas Wings guard helped The University of South Carolina win its first NCAA women’s basketball championship in April. Now Tuesday, she was announced the WNBA’s Rookie of the Year winner.
Gray, selected 4th overall in the 2017 WNBA by Dallas, averaged 13.0 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.5 steals for the Wings this season. The team finished with a 16-18 record, losing to the Washington Mystics in the first-round of the playoffs. A 6-foot wing, Gray started every game for the Wings in 2017, averaging a rookie-leading 27.2 minutes.
“It’s a big honor,” Gray said. “I’m glad my hard work didn’t go unnoticed, and I’m blessed to receive this award.’
The other top candidate for the award was Atlanta’s Brittney Sykes, the No. 7 pick out of Syracuse. Gray received 30 of the 40 votes from a panel of national media, while Sykes, who paced all rookies in scoring average with 13.9 PPG, received the remaining 10 votes. Atlanta finished 12-22 and failed to make the playoffs.
Kelsey Plum of the San Antonio Stars was the No. 1 pick, and that pick in the draft has won the award in 10 of the last 13 seasons. However, a sprained ankle halted the debut of Plum’s season, and her minutes were quite inconsistent until the end of June. She would end up starting 23 games, averaging 8.5 PPG for the Stars, who with a league-worst record of 8-26.