Meighan Simmons invited to WNBA Draft

Meighan Simmons invited to WNBA Draft

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KNOXVILLE (WATE)- Lady Vols Senior guard Meighan Simmons is one of 12 prospects invited to Monday's 2014 WNBA Draft in Connecticut. 

Simmons finished her career at the University of Tennessee as the fifth all-time leading scorer and the Associated Press SEC Player of the Year for the second year in a row. 

Simmons was taken aback when told of her invitation to the draft. 

 "My eyes got really big, and I was very, very happy," Simmons said. "I was shocked, because I didn't know that was going to happen. There were so many different emotions, and I just really enjoyed the moment and felt extremely blessed by the opportunity. 

 "It will be exciting to be in that room for the draft and take in what an event such as that is like and experience the aura of everyone being drafted."

Last season, nine former Lady Vols were active in the league. That list included Tamika Catchings (Indiana), Alexis Hornbuckle (Phoenix), Glory Johnson (Tulsa), Kara Lawson (Connecticut), Candace Parker (Los Angeles), Ashley Robinson (Seattle), Michelle Snow (Washington), Shekinna Stricklen (Seattle) and Kamiko Williams (New York).

 Williams is UT's most recent draft pick, going in the second round in 2013 with the 15th overall pick by the New York Liberty. The last occasion a Lady Vol was drafted in the first round came in 2012, when Stricklen (No. 2, Seattle), Johnson (No. 4, Tulsa) and Kelley Cain (No. 7, New York) all were taken in the opening round.

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