USC's Cassie Harberts Selected In Second Round of WNBA Draft|
April 14, 2014
USC forward Cassie Harberts has been drafted in the second round of the 2014 WNBA Draft, coming in as the No. 20 overall pick with her selection by the Atlanta Dream. Coached by former USC head coach Michael Cooper, Atlanta will have at least one familiar face for Harberts, who played under Cooper for her first three seasons at Troy. Harberts is the 11th Trojan ever to be selected in a WNBA draft and the fourth to be a second-round selection.
The standout for the Women of Troy closed her USC career as the program's No. 7 all-time leading scorer, No. 8 all-time rebounder and No. 3 all-time in free throws made. She was the linchpin in carrying the Trojans to their first-ever Pac-12 Tournament Championship this season for the program's first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2006. Last month, Harberts was named one of four All-Region nominees from Region 8 for the 2014 WBCA Division I Coaches' All-America Team, becoming the first Trojan to earn WBCA All-Region honors since Eshaya Murphy was a back-to-back nominee in 2006 and 2007. The list of Women of Troy to make the cut in the past is star-studded, as Murphy was preceded by the likes of Ebony Hoffman, Tina Thompson and Lisa Leslie. All those Women of Troy went on to join the WNBA, putting Harberts on a powerful path to similar greatness as the newest Trojan to go pro.
Harberts' body of work at Troy has pulled her in the mix of all those famous names. She passed up USC head coach and Trojan great Cynthia Cooper as well as Hoffman on the career scoring charts this season, passed Murphy on the boards, and has made more career free throws than either Leslie or Thompson.
Without a doubt, Harberts established herself as one of the most talented posts in the nation. Harberts was the key for USC in the Pac-12 Tournament, where the Trojans made history in playing in -- and winning -- four games to claim their first-ever conference tournament title, knocking perennial tournament finalist Stanford out in the semifinals thanks in large part to Harberts' 10 straight points scored to move into the lead late in the second half. In the tournament tile match, she poured in her 30th game of the season in double digits to help propel USC to the NCAA Tournament with the automatic berth as Pac-12 champs. With nine double-doubles this season, she finished her Trojan career with 26 double-doubles to her name.
Harberts averaged 15.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game for USC in her senior season. That haul has locked her at No. 7 all-time in scoring (1,832 career points), No. 8 in rebounding (925), No. 3 in free throws made (560) and No. 12 in blocks (99). She's No. 11 all-time in career scoring average (13.8 ppg) and No. 10 in rebounding average (7.0 rpg).
During this last stretch of her Trojan career, she was named to the Pac-12 All-Tournament Team and earned her second straight honors on the All-Pac-12 Team. She also was a Pac-12 Player of the Week selection on Jan. 20 after recording the second 30-point game of her career. Harberts started her senior season with spots on the Wooden Award Preseason Top-30 and Naismith Award Early Season Watch List. This past summer, she was a member of the United States team that won a gold medal at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia.
Harberts joins a star-studded list of Trojans in the WNBA. The last players to be drafted were Briana Gilbreath and Jacki Gemelos in 2012. Before them, it was Camille LeNoir in the 2009 second round, preceded by 2007 second-rounder Shay Murphy as USC's other recent WNBA picks. In addition to 1997 Inaugural Elite Selections Cynthia Cooper and Lisa Leslie, USC now has had 10 players drafted in the WNBA. The first draft in 1997 also saw two Women of Troy taken -- Pam McGee and Tina Thompson.
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1997 Inaugural Elite Selection