Aces Select ND’s Young as 3rd Straight #1 Draft Pick

By: TC Martin

Although the Las Vegas Aces weren’t the worst team in the WNBA last season, they found some draft lottery magic and received the #1 pick in this year’s draft.  They used that selection on Notre Dame standout, Jackie Young.

The 6’0 versatile guard is now the third number one overall selection to be a member of the Aces.  Young joins A’ja Wilson and Kelsey Plum who had that honor the past two drafts and will make this year’s squad a heavy guard oriented team.  Young averaged 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists per game for the Irish and led them to the NCAA Championship game this season and the title last year.

Aces President and Head Coach, Bill Laimbeer said it was a no brainer in selecting Young.  “Once she declared, we knew she was our choice.  She is the best all around player on the board and her game fits to what we need, said Laimbeer.  “She is tough and a good defender on the wing.” added Laimbeer.

Young, a junior entered the draft on Monday, a day after Notre Dame lost to Baylor 82-81 in the NCAA Championship game.  Laimbeer had it down to three players but opted to go with the all around guard as his choice.  Young is the third Notre Dame player on the roster joining Kayla McBride who was the third overall pick in 2014 and the Aces second leading scorer last year, along with backup point guard, Lindsay Allen.  Let’s not forget  that Laimbeer himself is a former Irish player.

Las Vegas had only one selection in the three-round draft.  Laimbeer traded away a second round selection last year to acquire center Ji-Su Park and felt the nucleus of his team was already in place.

The Aces begin Training Camp on May 5th and will open the season with their first exhibition game at Mandalay Bay on May 19th against Minnesota and will open the regular season at home on May 26th versus the Los Angeles Sparks.

Author: TC Martin

“The Doctor” TC Martin is back in Las Vegas where his sports talk radio career began. The TC Martin Show has informed and entertained millions of sports talk radio listeners both nationally and locally since 1992. The program is unique in so many facets. From TC’s high octane personality and diverse knowledge to innovative production elements and quality special guests, the show is truly one of kind. The show focuses on the hot daily sports topics with energetic commentary and live listener interaction with a call-in format. The program is high on information and entertainment while giving listeners the opportunity to hear from the biggest names in the sports and the entertainment industry. Listeners appreciate the wide range of guests, knowledge and topics that TC brings on a daily basis giving listeners a much needed reason to tune in everyday. The TC Martin Show has aired nationally in over 100 markets on the Sports Entertainment Network and Sports Fan Radio Network originating from the Las Vegas studios. In local markets TC worked at KVEG (Las Vegas), KHTK (Sacramento) WDUZ and WNFL (Green Bay) and WSSP (Milwaukee). He worked very closely with all the professional and collegiate teams in those markets including hosting pre and post game shows and players and coaches shows. TC has a unique entertaining and passionate style that immediately connects with listeners. He is known as one of the most entertaining and well-rounded knowledgeable sports talk show hosts in the country. The TC Martin Show is an addictive and fun experience for all sports fans. More about TC... Wrestling and Boxing fans in Las Vegas may remember that TC founded the NWC (National Wrestling Conference) in 1994 and hosted the locally produced television program “NWC Slammin”. The NWC sold out monthly shows at it’s home venues The Silver Nugget and Aladdin Hotel & Casino. The NWC featured the biggest names in professional wrestling including The Ultimate Warrior, Cactus Jack, Sabu, Terry Funk, Rob Van Dam, Jake The Snake Roberts, Junkyard Dog, Honky Man and so many more. TC also has been very involved in the boxing industry while announcing many boxing events in Las Vegas and promoting shows and managing world championship fighters.

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