Another Buckeye is going pro. On Thursday night, Ohio State's Ameryst Alston was selected No. 24 in the WNBA Draft by the New York Liberty. The fourth-leading scorer in program history, Alston joins Tayler Hill and Jantel Lavender as former Buckeyes in the league.
As a senior, the former two-time Ms. Ohio and Canton McKinley high school standout averaged 18.3 points per game and was named first-team All-Big Ten for the third consecutive season. In four years, Alston amassed 2,165 points for a 16.2 scoring average.
Her career ended on a bit of a sour note, though, as a wrist injury in the conference tournament quarterfinals against Rutgers limited her throughout the postseason. Ohio State was eliminated from the NCAA tournament, where it was a No. 3 seed, by Tennessee in the Sweet 16.
Alston and fellow senior Cait Craft were vitally important to the program, easing the transition from former head coach Jim Foster to current head man Kevin McGuff, and providing leadership for a young, rebuilding program.
National Player of the Year Breanna Stewart, fresh off leading Connecticut to its fourth consecutive national championship, was drafted first overall by the Seattle Storm. Stewart's UConn teammates, Moriah Jefferson and Morgan Tuck, went second and third.
The 20th season of the WNBA will get underway on Saturday, May 14th. Alston's Liberty will be going against the Washington Mystics at the Verizon Center in the nation's capital.