St. John's guards Nadirah McKenith and Shenneika Smith are preparing for tonight's three-round WNBA draft. And if chosen, the women could be St. John's first-ever draft selections. Selections would a bit of history to cap a successful hoops season that seemed nearly lost at the end of non-conference play in January, as Joe Tartamella's team limped into Big East play with a 6-6 record.
The WNBA Draft will be shown at 8:00, live, on ESPN2 - the first live, prime-time WBNA Draft.
Both Smith and McKenith are possibilities to be selected in the second or third round, with the Jamaican/ Brooklyn guard Shenneika Smith popping up first - #21 on this list, #19 on this list, and #28 on this list. The 12-team WNBA has a three-round draft.
Smith averaged 16.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per game on her way to first-team awards from the Big East and the All-Metropolitan Basketball Writers' Association. She also averaged 2.2 blocks per game and 1.8 steals per contest.
McKenith was first team all-Big East and was named All-Metropolitan player of the year on Friday; she also holds the Red Storm's career assist record with 605 over the course of her career. She averaged 13.2 points per game, 5.1 rebounds, and 5.5 assists per contest, with a team-best 1.8 assist to turnover ratio.
The Red Storm ended the season 18-13 and an NCAA Tournament berth, but fell in the first round at Carnesecca Arena with a double-overtime loss in the NCAA Tournament to Dayton. For the Johnnies, it was their fourth-straight NCAA tournament berth, and the first with Coach Tartamella.