Aces History: Feeling A Draft (2008)

The Silver Stars made the postseason for the first time in five years in 2007, making shrewd draft choices and key trades to do so. When the 2008 WNBA Draft rolled around, San Antonio had just two picks—a second-rounder and a third-rounder.

In the second round, the Silver Stars selected Georgia Tech guard Chioma Nnamaka. Nnamaka averaged double figures in scoring in each of her four years with the Yellow Jackets, and drained 36.7 percent of her shots from beyond the arc.

San Antonio traded Nnamaka that same day, along with Camille Little and the Silver’Stars first round pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft, to the expansion Atlanta Dream. In return, San Antonio received center Ann Wauters (pictured), guard Morenike Atunrase and Atlanta’s second round pick in 2009.

Nnamaka played one year in the WNBA, seeing action in 12 games for the Dream, and averaging 1.3 points and 1.0 rebounds per game.

Wauters became a key member of the Silver Stars’ Western Conference Championship team, posting career-best averages of 14.7 points ad 7.5 rebounds. She averaged 12.9 points and 5.6 rebounds for San Antonio the following season, but was limited to just 17 games. Wauters took the next two years off from the WNBA before signing with Seattle for the 2012 campaign. She then took a three-year break before signing with the Los Angeles Sparks in 2016, with whom she won her first WNBA Championship.

Wauters has not played in the league since.

Atunrase played in 33 games, all as a reserve, for the Silver Stars in 2008, and averaged 2.2 points and 1.5 rebounds in what would prove to be her lone season in the WNBA.

In the third round of the 2008 WNBA Draft, San Antonio took UT Chattanooga guard/forward Alex Anderson. Anderson was twice named the Southern Conference Player of the Year, but she was waived prior to the start of the season.