Los Angeles Sparks Take Jasmine Walker in First-Round of WNBA Draft
With the No. 7 pick in the 2021 WNBA Draft, the Los Angeles Sparks selected Jasmine Walker from the University of Alabama.
Walker has an impressive list of career highlights listed below.
- Holds UA’s single-game scoring record (41 points)
- 21 career double-doubles
- 2021 Katrina McClain Award Finalist
- 2021 Naismith Trophy Women’s Midseason Team
- SEC Player of the Week (2/16)
- 2021 Preseason All-SEC Second Team
- 2020 All-SEC Second Team
- No. 3 at UA in single-season three-point percentage (42.2 in 2020-21)
- No. 3 at UA in career three-point percentage (37.4)
- No. 8 at UA in career three-point FGs made (195)
- No. 9 at UA in career three-point FGs attempted (521)
- 2019 SEC Academic Honor Roll
- 2018 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll
Walker received a shout-out from former Alabama and current Las Vegas Raider WR, Henry Ruggs III, who like Walker, is also from Montgomery, AL.
NBA Los Angeles Laker legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. also took to Twitter to congratulate Walker on being drafted.
The Sparks were off to a 15-7 record in 2020 before their season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 season is set to begin on June 15 with a 22 game regular season.
Last year the team took Beatrice Mompremier out of the University of Miami with the 20th overall pick in the second round. Due to a foot injury and COVID-19, she was waived by the team and later picked up by the Connecticut Sun.
The Sparks haven't won a WNBA championship since 2016, but have qualified for the playoffs 19 times in the last 23 seasons. The addition of Walker could provide this team with a much-needed spark on offense for the upcoming season.
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