April 5, 2006
Columbus, Ohio – Debbie Merrill, who helped Ohio State to a 29-3 record and Big Ten regular season and tournament championships in 2005-06, was selected by the Connecticut Sun in the second round of the 2006 WNBA Draft Wednesday in Boston, Mass. Merrill was taken with the 28th pick overall.
A transfer from the University of Cincinnati, Merrill scored 1,740 career points in three seasons with the Bearcats and her senior campaign with the Buckeyes. In 2005-06, she was Ohio State’s team leader with 103 assists and a 1.8-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. Merrill also averaged 10.4 points and 5.7 assists per game last season. For her career, Merrill posted 14.5 ppg., 7.4 rpg., and shot .494 (685-1,386) from the field.
A 2002-03 Kodak/WBCA All-American honorable mention selection, Merrill is the first Buckeye selected in the WNBA draft since Courtney Coleman (2000-03) also was picked by Connecticut in the second round (13th overall).
Complete draft coverage can be accessed at www.wnba.com.
Ohio State WNBA Draft History
|Year||Rd||Pick||Player||Pos.||Yrs at OSU||Drafted By|
|1998 Expansion Draft|
|1998||8||Adrienne Johnson||G||1993-96||Cleveland Rockers|
|1999 Player Allocation|
|2001||3||41||Jamie Lewis||G||1998-01||Washington Mystics|
|2002||4||55||Tomeka Brown||G||1999-02||Orlando Miracle|
|2003||2||13||Courtney Coleman||F||2000-03||Connecticut Sun (from DET)|
|2006||2||28||Debbie Merrill||F/C||2006||Connecticut Sun|