Indiana’s Mackenzie Holmes selected by Seattle Storm in 2024 NBA draft

  • 04/16/2024 7:52 am in

On Monday, the Seattle Storm selected former Indiana forward Mackenzie Holmes with the 26th pick of the 2024 WNBA draft.

Here’s the full release on Holmes being selected, via IU media relations:

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Indiana’s Mackenzie Holmes was selected as the 26th overall pick in the 2024 WNBA Draft to the Seattle Storm on Monday night as part of the league’s annual draft at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

For the third straight season, Indiana has a player picked in the WNBA Draft as Holmes becomes the sixth player in school history to be selected. Grace Berger went seventh overall in 2023 and Ali Patberg was picked as the 33rd overall in 2022, both to the Indiana Fever. Other players selected in the WNBA Draft include Jori Davis (2011, 33rd pick, Indiana Fever), Jill Chapman (2002, 21st pick, Detroit Shock) and Quacy Barnes (1998, 22nd pick, Sacramento Monarchs).

A unanimous All-Big Ten First Team, All-Big Ten Defensive team and USBWA and AP All-American this season, Holmes led Indiana (and second in the Big Ten) in scoring with 19.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and shooting a league-best 65.0 percent from the floor in 32 games. She scored in double figures in 30 of 32 games including 17 20-point games and two 30-point efforts along with a team-high six double-doubles. Nationally, Holmes finished third in field goal percentage, 13th in field goals made (260), 24th in points per game and 32nd in points (633). She helped lead Indiana to a 26-6 overall record and its third Sweet Sixteen appearance in four seasons.

She was a Top 5 finalist for the 2024 Lisa Leslie Award, which honors the nation’s top center and appeared on a variety of national player of the year lists as a candidate including the Wooden Award, Jersey Mike’s Naismith Trophy, Wade Trophy and USWBA Ann Meyers Drysdale award. The Gorham, Maine native finished her IU career as the program’s all-time leading scorer and second leading scorer between the men’s and women’s program with 2,530 career points and guided Indiana to four NCAA Tournament appearances. She also finishes with the program’s best field goal percentage for a career, shooting 63.9 percent from the floor while pulling down 990 rebounds and finishing second in all-time blocks with 258. She finished as the program’s all-time winningest player with 123 career victories and in the top five of 11 different statistical categories.

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