MARIANNA, Fla. (Chipola) — Former Chipola College basketball player Evelyn Akhator was the third overall pick in the WNBA Draft April 13 by the Dallas Wings.
She averaged 15.9 points and 10.8 rebounds a game at Kentucky this season and led the Wildcats in blocks, collecting 29 over her final year. In just two seasons playing for the Wildcats, she ascended to second all-time in rebounding averaging (10.1) in program history.
Chipola Coach Greg Franklin said, “This couldn’t happen to a better person than Evelyn. It came down to her character which got her drafted so high. People are investing in her character as much as her ability.” This is Coach Franklin’s fourth player to be drafted by the WNBA and his highest pick in his 11 years as a junior college head coach.
At Chipola, Akahator was named NJCAA Women's Basketball Player of the Year and the FCSAA Female Athlete of the Year after leading Chipola to their first national championship in 2015. She recorded a double-double and at least one block in every game at the NJCAA national tournament. In the 2015 State Tournament, Akhator set new rebounding records in one game (29), one tournament (64) and in a career at the state tournament (101).
Akhator averaged 21.2 points, 16.7 rebounds, 3.1 steals and 2.9 blocks in her sophomore year at Chipola. She pulled in 14 rebounds in the National Championship game to finish the year with the new NJCAA Single-Season Rebounding Record of 584 rebounds and was the nation’s leading rebounder in 2015. She also was named NJCAA National Tournament Most Outstanding Player, FCSAA Player of the Year and Panhandle Conference Player of the Year.