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Humphrey 11th WNBA pick, headed to Detroit
WNBA Commissioner Donna Orender presents a jersey to Gainesville High grad Tasha Humphrey from the University of Georgia, the number 11 overall pick by the Detroit Shock.

Tasha Humphrey, Gainesville High grad and All-American women's basketball player at the University of Georgia, was taken by the Detroit Shock with the No. 11 pick in Wednesday's WNBA draft.

Humphrey was one of 20 top collegiate players on hand for the WNBA draft, which was held in Tampa, Fla. and will join longtime friend Alexis Hornbuckle, taken by the Shock at the No. 4 pick, as the newest members of the Detroit roster.

Atlanta, the team expected to take Humphrey with the No. 8 pick, instead went with James Madison's Tamera Young.

Humphrey wrapped up her collegiate career with the Lady Bulldogs ranked No. 2 and No. 4 on the school's career leaders ledgers for points and rebounds, respectively. She holds the Georgia records for career free throws attempted and made and also ranks among the Lady Dogs' top-10 career leaders in games started, field goals made, field goals attempted and blocked shots.

Humphrey, a 6-3, forward from Gainesville, Ga., was named All-America each of her four seasons at Georgia. She also was tabbed first-team All-SEC four times by both league coaches and the Associated Press, one of only three players in SEC history to accomplish that feat.

Fresh off winning her second straight NCAA title, Candace Parker was selected by the Los Angeles Sparks with the first pick in the WNBA draft.

The Associated Press player of the year joins Lisa Leslie, instantly turning Los Angeles into one of the top teams in the league. The Sparks were a franchise-worst 10-24 last season with Leslie sitting out after giving birth to a daughter in June.

LSU senior Sylvia Fowles was taken second Wednesday by the Chicago Sky. The 6-foot-6 center led the Lady Tigers to four straight Final Fours. Stanford star Candice Wiggins went third to the Minnesota Lynx.

The Shock play their first preseason game at 8 p.m. May 12 at San Antonio with Humphrey making her WNBA debut in Atlanta at 7:30 p.m. May 23 at Philips Arena.

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