Simmons picked in 3rd round of WNBA draft

Simmons picked in 3rd round of WNBA draft

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UNCASVILLE, Conn. (WATE/UTSPORTS) - The New York Liberty got the steal of the night at Mohegan Sun Arena, snagging Tennessee's Meighan Simmons, the 2014 Associated Press SEC Player of the Year, with the 26th overall selection of the WNBA Draft.

Simmons, who lasted until the second pick of the third round, continued Tennessee's rich history in the WNBA Draft, becoming the 38th player to join the league.She also became the second Lady Vol of the Holly Warlick era to have her name called on draft night, following in the footsteps of last year's second-round pick, Kamiko Williams.

Just like 2013, when he took Williams with the 15th overall selection, Liberty head coach Bill Laimbeer chose a Lady Vol to bolster his roster. Now the newest UT player to join the squad will have her own mentor and personal tour guide in the Big Apple. Simmons becomes the fifth Tennessee product to join the Liberty and the third in three seasons. Kelley Cain was taken by New York in 2012 (7th pick/1st Rd.) to start the trend.

Other Liberty selections include Loree Moore in 2005 (10th pick/1st Rd.) and Alberta Auguste (35th pick/3rd Rd.). "All I could think while waiting for my name to be called was be patient, and God's got me," Simmons said of her wait to be chosen. "I've been put in a position to succeed, and now I just have to work 10 times harder to show that I'm just as good as anyone else. "Just bringing a lot of energy, bringing the extra scoring ability with Cappie Pondexter, along with my former teammate Kamiko Williams," Simmons said of what she can bring to the Liberty. "I'm just really excited. I'm excited to see what God has planned and ready to see my purpose unfold."

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