The Chicago Sky selected Connecticut forward Gabby Williams with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2018 WNBA Draft Thursday, held at Nike New York Headquarters.
Williams, 22, finished her collegiate playing career with the UConn Huskies as a two-time NCAA national champion, a two-time WBCA All-American, and an eight-time conference champion.
In her senior season, Williams became the first-ever Cheryl Miller Award winner when she was named the nation’s best small forward. She also earned All-America Second Team and All-AAC First Team honors, and was a semifinalist for the Wooden and Naismith awards as the nation’s top player.
ESPN analyst Jay Bilas notably said he believed the 5-foot-11 inch Sparks, Nevada native to be among the toughest and “most complete” players in the nation in 2017.
“Gabby has the court awareness of Sloot, the grit of Stefanie Dolson, and the athleticism of Kahleah [Copper] and Allie [Quigley],” Sky General Manager and Head Coach Amber Stocks said. “She will help with our rebounding, our defensive efficiency, and fit perfectly with our offensive system.”
The Chicago Sky tips off the 2018 season on the road against the Indiana Fever on May 19 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, before hosting the New York Liberty for an event-filled home opener at Wintrust Arena on May 20.