Atlanta Dream select Canada’s Laeticia Amihere 8th overall in 2023 WNBA Draft | CBC Sports

Canada’s Laeticia Amihere was selected eighth overall by the Atlanta Dream in the first round of the 2023 WNBA Draft on Monday night in New York.

The 21-year-old forward declared for the draft on Tuesday after completing her fourth season with the University of South Carolina, winning a national championship in 2022.

The Gamecocks made another run to the NCAA Final Four this season before being knocked out of the tournament by star guard Caitlin Clark and the Iowa Hawkeyes.

The Mississauga, Ont., native averaged 15.9 minutes across 36 games this season, recording per-game averages of 7.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks.

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Amihere’s viral dunk at 15 drew global attention, but she has since become a vital player for Canada in basketball, with a range of impressive skills.

The Dream also selected guard Haley Jones out of Stanford with the No. 6 pick.

The Indiana Fever selected Amihere’s teammate Aliyah Boston first overall earlier in the draft.

It’s the first time that the Fever have had the top choice in the draft, and they chose the South Carolina star. Boston, a three-time AP All-American who also was the Player of the Year as a junior, will solidify the post for Indiana. The Fever had the worst record in the league last season, going 5-31.

“It’s really special, I’m thankful to God for putting me in this position,” said the 21-year-old Boston, from the U.S. Virgin Islands. “Everyone in Indiana, they saw something in me, I’m ready to get there and get to work.”

Boston, like many other players, have had to choose whether to return to college for a fifth season because of the extra year granted for the COVID-19 virus or turn pro. She decided to enter the draft, joining 111 other players to declare.

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