Erica McCall picked 17th in WNBA draft

Erica McCall
Erica McCall

ERICA McCALL became the 25th Stanford player overall and 11th in the past 11 years to hear her named called in the WNBA Draft when the Indiana Fever selected the Cardinal star forward with the 17th pick on Thursday.

McCall was the subject of a recent Sports Illustrated profile in which her passion for basketball was praised. She also recently wrote a letter that is posted online to the next Cardinal to wear the number 24. She urges that next #24 to “Always remember the legacy that came before you.”

Named an honorable mention All-American by both the Associated Press and the WBCA, McCall completed her academic work in psychology a quarter early with the completion of finals at the end of the winter quarter. In her four years on the Farm, the two-time All-Pac-12 performer led Stanford to a pair of Final Fours, three Elite Eights, three Pac-12 championships and a 118-28 overall record.

Since the WNBA’s inaugural season (1997), 27 Stanford alumnae have appeared in a regular-season game, four have gone on to earn All-Star nods and seven have won a combined eight WNBA championships.

Stanford’s influence on the professional basketball landscape peaked this past year when NNEKA OGWUMIKE was voted the 2016 WNBA MVP, the Associated Press player of the year, a unanimous selection to the All-WNBA First Team and a WNBA All-Defensive First Team performer. Her baseline jumper with 3.1 seconds left in Game 5 of the WNBA Finals lifted the Los Angeles Sparks to the franchise’s first title since 2002.

Read more on the Stanford Athletics website. Go Cardinal.