BERKELEY – Forward Gennifer Brandon was selected by the Chicago Sky with the 22nd pick of the 2014 WNBA Draft, marking the second consecutive season that a California Golden Bear was drafted into the league.
Brandon becomes the fourth Golden Bear to be drafted by the league, following in the footsteps of Layshia Clarendon (2013, 9th pick), Ashley Walker (2009, 12th pick) and Alexis Gray-Lawson (2010, 30th pick). The selection comes one year after Clarendon was drafted by the Indiana Fever, making the Golden Bears the only program in the Pac-12 with a WNBA draft pick each of the last two seasons.
Training camp at Chicago will begin in the next few weeks with the first preseason game slated for Tuesday, May 13. The Sky’s season opener will be against the Indiana Fever on Friday, May 16.
Chicago won the WNBA Eastern Conference last season with a 24-10 record with Elena Delle Donne leading the way in her WNBA Rookie of the Year season.
Brandon enjoyed one of the most prolific careers for a post player not only in California but in Pac-12 history. A 2013 AP All-American and three-time All-Pac-12 selection, Brandon finished her career as California’s all-time leading rebounder with 1219 career boards, a mark that ranks fifth in Pac-12 history ahead of legends such as Lisa Leslie. Brandon holds the Pac-12 single-game rebounding mark of 26 and finished her career as one of just four players in California history to record over 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds. She finished her career with 127 games played and averages of 9.2 points and 9.6 rebounds per game.
The fourth Golden Bear drafted in the league, Brandon will become the ninth California player to sign a WNBA contract. Along with Clarendon, Walker and Gray-Lawson, Brandon will join the ranks of Devanei Hampton, Trisha Stafford, Laura Baker, Teresa Palmisano and Milica Vukadinovic to sign WNBA contracts.