WNBA Draft

Former Razorback Chelsea Dungee dons a Dallas Wings hat. Dallas selected Dungee with the fifth-overall pick Thursday night in the 2021 WNBA Draft.

Former Arkansas women’s basketball guard Chelsea Dungee was selected in the first round as the fifth-overall pick by the Dallas Wings in the 2021 WNBA Draft on Thursday night. Former Arkansas women’s basketball guard Destiny Slocum was also selected as the 14th-overall pick by the Las Vegas Aces.

As a redshirt senior, Dungee was named Southeastern Conference Player of the Week and ESPN National Player of the Week after leading the team to a win against No. 1 UConn in late January. She averaged 22.3 points per game this season and shot 42.4% from the field.

She scored the most points of all time by any Razorback women’s basketball player with 2,147.

Dungee spoke about what an unbelievable feeling it was to be drafted by the Dallas Wings and how she has waited her entire life for this moment in a press conference.

“It was always a dream of mine,” Dungee said. “But it became reality today. It was a dream come true, but I just worked every single day to be in this moment right here.”

Dungee spent her last season at Arkansas scoring in the double digits in all 27 games. She scored at least 37 points in five games this year at Bud Walton Arena, marking the most scored by any men’s or women’s player in Arkansas history. Head coach Mike Neighbors helped prepare her for the WNBA and she is ready for what is to come, Dungee said in a press conference.

“In the SEC, there are so many great players,” Dungee said. ”But in Coach Neighbors’ system, I think the speed at which we play is a huge factor and it’s really going to help me transition into the WNBA.”

Dungee’s story is inspiring for a lot of younger people who live in the state and have followed her career as a Razorback, Neighbors said.

“For it to come full circle and for her to be drafted in this draft class that high, that goes to how hard that kid worked,” Neighbors said. “She was not a top-five kid coming out of her class in high school. She wasn’t a top-50. It’s a really cool story for a lot of little girls, especially for those that live across the state that have been wearing her jersey. She can really be something that a lot of people can look up to.”

Dungee spoke about how excited she is to play alongside and learn from Dallas Wings guard Arike Ogunbowale, who led the WNBA in scoring in the 2020 season.

“I love watching Arike play,” Dungee said. “She plays with so much passion, energy, intensity and I can’t wait to learn from her. I can learn so much from her and I can’t wait.”

Slocum only played for the Razorbacks for one season, but she made a huge impact with 15 points and 3.9 assists per game, and finished the season with 23 double-digit performances. After finishing her career playing for three different schools, she scored a total of 1,800 points, obtained 611 assists and 384 rebounds.

Neighbors spoke highly of the players and said he is excited to see what Dungee and Slocum achieve in their WNBA careers.

“To be able to see Chelsea’s excitement live and Destiny’s on TV,” Neighbors said. “That’s one of the many ‘why’s’ of why we coach for days like today.”

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