2013 WNBA draft - Second-round pick
Tchatchouang and Meesseman

Compared to the big surprise in the 2012 WNBA draft of Astan Dabo from the second division in France, the 2013 edition was tame.

Diandra Tchatchouang's draft may have been a surprise to the North Americans but her basketball career path has been programmed towards one day playing in the WNBA.

Emma Meesseman from Belgium, currently playing for Villeneuve d'Ascq in France, was the only European drafted this year that was expected to be included. She was picked ahead of Tchatchouang in 19th place.

The 2011 FIBA Europe young player of the year has been shining in the Ligue Féminine de Basketball this season (2012-13).

Two European players who excelled during the 2012 U20 European Championship for Women Division A were also picked up in the WNBA draft: Alina Iagupova from Ukraine and Olcay Cakir from Turkey.

However Iagupova's draft selection has been void due to her age, she turns 21 during the current WNBA season (2013).

Diandra Tchatchouang'

Diandra Tchatchouang's inclusion in the WNBA draft came as a surprise since she disappeared off the radar screen in 2011 when she left Maryland (NCAA).

Tchatchouang missed the first part of the 2011-2012 season with Lattes Montpellier while she recovered from her ACL injury. Despite not getting the play-time she wanted she was a member of the French Olympic Games training roster.

Despite signing with Montpellier for two years she decided to leave the club and join her former coach from the CFBB François Gomez at Perpignan Basket for the current season (2012-13).

She helped the club to a 4th place finish during the regular season while averaging 9.1 points and 4.7 rebounds per match.

She was selected in the second round of the draft by San Antonio Silver Stars.

However her chances of joining the training camps this summer are slim unless she is released from the French National team preparing for EuroBasket Women.

The full 2013 WNBA draft is as follows:

Round 1
1. Brittney Griner – Phoenix Mercury
2. Elena Delle Donne – Chicago Sky
3. Skylar Diggins – Tulsa Shock
4. Tayler Hill – Washington Mystics
5. Kelsey Bone – New York Liberty
6. Tianna Hawkins – Seattle Storm
7. Toni Young – New York Liberty
8. Kayla Alexander – San Antonio Silver Stars
9. Layshia Clarendon – Indiana Fever
10. A’dia Mathies – Los Angeles Sparks
11. Kelly Faris – Connecticut Sun
12. Lindsey Moore – Minnesota Lynx

Round 2
13. Alex Bentley – Atlanta Dream
14. Sugar Rodgers – Minnesota Lynx
15. Kamiko Williams – New York Liberty
16. Davellyn Whyte – San Antonio Silver Stars
17. Nadirah McKenith – Washington Mystics
18. Chelsea Poppens – Seattle Storm
19. Emma Meeseeman – Washington Mystics
20. Diandra Tchatchouang – San Antonio Silver Stars
21. Jasmine Hassel – Indiana Fever
22. Brittany Chambers – Los Angeles Sparks
23. Anna Prins – Connecticut Sun
24. Chucky Jeffery – Minnesota Lynx

Round 3
25. Shenneika Smith – New York Liberty
26. Nikki Greene – Phoenix Mercury
27. Olcay Cakir – New York Liberty
28. Brooklyn Pope – Chicago Sky
29. Angel Goodrich – Tulsa Shock
30. Jasmine James – Seattle Storm
31. Anne Marie Armstrong – Atlanta Dream
32. Whitney Hand – San Antonio Silver Stars
33. Jennifer George – Indiana Fever
34. Alina Iagupova – Los Angeles Sparks
35. Andrea Smith – Connecticut Sun
36. Waltiea Rolle – Minnesota Lynx


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Date created: 16 April 2013

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Diandra Tchatchouang
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Alina Iagupova
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