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USC forward Temi Fagbenle selected in WNBA Draft

From Harvard to USC to the WNBA, Temi Fagbenle becomes the 11th Trojan to be selected in the WNBA Draft.

A year ago, Temi Fagbenle was preparing for graduation at Harvard. Now she's preparing for an opportunity to play in the WNBA with the Minnesota Lynx.

Fagbenle was selected No. 35 overall in the 2016 WNBA Draft Thursday night becoming the 11th USC women's basketball player to be drafted by the league.

Between Harvard and Minnesota, the 6-foot-4 Fagbenle spent the last year at USC where she was a dominant force for the Women of Troy. Fagbenle leading the depleted Trojans in scoring (13.6 ppg), rebounds (8.7 rbg), blocks (1.2 bpg), steals (1.8 spg), free throws made (93) and minutes played (30.3 mpg).

Fagbenle helped the Women of Troy burst onto the scene with a 12-0 mark to open the season -- best since 1982-83, but when Jordan Adams and Briana Barrett were ruled academically ineligible, Fagbenle had to take on an even bigger role. 

In Pac-12 play, she bumped her production up to 14.3 points and 9.1 rebounds while shooting 54 percent. The team captain with a world background earned All-Pac-12 honors after recording 10 doubles-doubles on the year.

Fagbenle is no stranger to the big stage after participating in the 2012 Olympic Games for Great Britain. She played three seasons at Harvard before graduating and transferring to USC to pursue a masters degree in strategical public relations. Fagbenle is expected to complete her Master's degree at USC before joining the Lynx in 2017.

The last USC player selected in the WNBA draft was Cassie Harberts in 2014.  


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