Canada holds the Pac-12 assist record, dishing out 831 dimes in a Bruins uniform
NEW YORK CITY – With the 5th overall pick in the 2018 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm, the Seattle Storm selected Jordin Canada, a 5-6 point guard from the University of California, Los Angeles.
“Jordin is a dynamic playmaker that will fit well in Coach Dan Hughes’ system,” said Storm President & General Manager Alisha Valavanis. “In addition to her offensive skill set, her defensive tenacity is invaluable. This is an incredible opportunity for a rookie point guard to learn from Sue Bird. We are excited to welcome Jordin to Seattle!”
An excellent distributor, Canada leaves UCLA as the Pac-12 Conference and UCLA all-time assists leader, dishing out 831 dimes in her career. She set the program’s single-season record for assists with 248 in her senior season (2017-18) and averaged 7.1 assists per game in 2017-18, seventh-best in the NCAA.
Her name is etched all over the school’s all-time record books; Canada leaves UCLA as the program’s second all-time leading scorer, pouring in 2,153 points in a Bruins’ uniform. She is third all-time in field goals made (768), second in free-throws made (518), third in steals (347) and fifth in most 20-point scoring games, hitting the mark 42 times. She is the first woman in Pac-12 Conference history to score 1,800 points and record 700 assists, and joins Oregon State alumnus and former Seattle SuperSonics player Gary Payton as the only two players in Pac-12 Conference history to accomplish the feat.
Canada was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year following her senior season, the only Bruin to win the award since its inception in 2007-08. She was also named to the All-Pac-12 Team, leading the conference in steals (114) for the third-straight season, and finished her career with 347, good for fourth all-time in Pac-12 history. Canada is a three-time All-Pac-12 Team honoree and three-time All-Pac-12 Defensive Team member. Additionally, she was named a second team All-American by the USBWA and a third team All-American by the Associated Press, the USA Today and by espnW.
Canada was the driving force behind the 2017-18 UCLA team that ranked in the top 10 all season, and guided the Bruins to three-straight NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearances in her last three seasons on campus, culminating in an Elite Eight appearance this season, the first for UCLA since 1999. She was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and the WNIT Most Valuable Player following her first season on campus, 2014-15, during which UCLA won the WNIT Championship postseason title.
A native of Los Angeles, Calif., Canada will join fellow UCLA alumnus Noelle Quinn on Seattle’s roster.
The 2018 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm was held tonight at Nike’s New York City headquarters.
The Storm tips off the 2018 slate against the Phoenix Mercury on May 20 during Opening Night presented by Swedish, with start time set for 6 p.m. PT at KeyArena. The first 3,000 fans in attendance will receive a Sue Bird bobblehead to celebrate her league record-breaking assist last season at Washington, and her game-worn jersey from that contest will also be on display, allowing fans to take photos and capture a visual taste of WNBA history.
Fans can secure the best seats in the house with Storm 360 Memberships, available now, starting at $216, available online or by calling (206) 217-WNBA (9622). Packages and group discounts are available at 206-217-WNBA (9622).
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