Local picked in WNBA draft

Cajon High school graduate Layshia Clarendon, who led the Cal Golden Bears to the Final Four, was chosen in the first round of the WNBA draft by the Indiana Fever.

Indiana had the No. 9 selection, picking one spot ahead of the Los Angeles Sparks.

Clarendon, a 5-foot-9 wing, was projected to go in the middle to late first round. Her stock rose considerably with Cal’s postseason run. She averaged 16.4 points in the season, but 21.2 points in Cal’s five NCAA Tournament games.

Clarendon propelled Cal to a 32-4 mark which included its first ever Pac 12 regular season title as well as the first Final Four appearance.

She is only the second player from the county to be drafted in the first round of the WNBA and the first since Diana Taurasi was picked first overall by Phoenix in 2004.

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