Villanova star Maddy Siegrist declares for WNBA draft


Villanova star forward Maddy Siegrist announced Monday that she is declaring for the WNBA draft.

Siegrist, a first-team All-American, was eligible to play a fifth college season due to the NCAA’s COVID rule. She leads the nation in scoring at 29.2 points per game and the 1,081 points she accumulated this season is the second most by a Division I women’s player behind Washington’s Kelsey Plum (1,109 in 2016-17).

“This was not a decision I came to lightly,” Siegrist said in her announcement on Twitter. “… I also want to thank Villanova for welcoming me into the greatest community on Earth. From the first day I stepped on campus, I knew this would be my forever home.”

Siegrist led Villanova to a 30-7 record and a berth in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament before the Wildcats were eliminated with a 70-65 loss to Miami.

Siegrist also averaged 9.2 rebounds this season while shooting 51 percent from the field. She is Villanova’s all-time leading scorer — male or female — with 2,896 career points.

Siegrist scored at least 20 points in all 37 of Villanova’s games this season while winning Big East Player of the Year honors for the second time.

“The statistical numbers that she recorded are going to be there forever which is so special when you see what Maddy accomplished throughout her amazing career,” Villanova coach Denise Dillon said in a press release. “With that said, when you leave your mark on people as Maddy has there is nothing greater. I think that is by far the greatest accomplishment as a student-athlete where you can be recognized as being an authentic person as opposed to just a great athlete. Maddy will continue to impact the world in whatever she does.”

Siegrist is projected to be selected in the first round of the WNBA draft.

–Field Level Media

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