EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon’s Amanda Johnson was drafted in the third round of the 2012 WNBA Draft by the Phoenix Mercury, it was announced today.
As the 33rd overall pick, Johnson is the first student-athlete from Oregon to be drafted since Cathrine Kraayeveld was selected in 2005.
Johnson powered the Ducks’ offense in her final three seasons, and was selected to the Pac-12 All-Conference team in 2012 after averaging 18.0 points and 9.6 rebounds per game during her senior campaign.
She ended her collegiate career ranked 49th all-time in the Conference in scoring (1,505) and 21st in rebounding (893).
Johnson is also the only player in UO women’s hoops history to rank in the all-time top five of points (5th), rebounds (4th), steals (195, 5th) and three-pointers (168, 5th). In addition, she totaled 30 double-doubles, 75 double-figure scoring games, three 30-point games, 21 20-point games, 41 times leading the club in scoring and 71 occasions leading the team in rebounding.
The native of Santa Rosa, Calif., was also known for her academic efforts. Most recently she became just the second UO women’s basketball player in program history to earn first-team Pac-12 All-Academic first team honors on three occasions, following Stefanie Kasperski (1988-90).
Johnson was named the 2012 Toyo Tires Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year in March, and she is also the only player in Oregon women’s basketball program history to be named a three-time Academic All-American. In addition, she was named a Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award First-Team All-American.
Four total Pac-12 players were selected in this year’s WNBA Draft. USC has two players selected with Jacki Gemelos (Stockton, Calif.) and Briana Gilbreath (Katy, Texas) being picked in the third round, while Stanford’s Nnemkadi Ogwumike was selected the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft by the Los Angeles Sparks.
Since the inaugural draft in 1997, 71 players have been selected from Pac-12 teams.
Johnson is the sixth Oregon women’s basketball to be drafted by the WNBA following Kraayeveld (2005), Shaquala Williams (2003), Edniesha Curry (2002) Jenny Mowe (2001) and Angelina Wolvert (2001). Kraayeveld has played seven years in the WNBA and was a member of the Atlanta Dream during the 2011 campaign.
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