NORMAN — Whitney Hand may be getting another shot at taking another shot. After a knee injury ended the Oklahoma guard’s senior season and college career, that didn’t stop the San Antonio Silver Stars from drafting her in the third round of Monday’s WNBA Draft.
Hand was picked 32nd overall with the eighth selection of the final round, despite missing the final 26 games of the Sooners’ season.
“I’m very thankful for San Antonio to consider me under this circumstance,” Hand, who was attending OU’s postseason banquet, said. “I appreciate that Coach Hughes has given me the opportunity to recover from my injury and have a chance at continuing to play basketball and live out my dreams next season.”
Drafting Hand, who averaged 11.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game prior to injury, allows San Antonio to claim the rights to her services should she attempt a comeback for the 2014 season. That could lead to a training camp contract with the Silver Stars.
“Whitney Hand has been a player we’ve admired her whole career at Oklahoma,” Dan Hughes, San Antonio general manager and head coach, said. “Unfortunately, she sustained an ACL injury in December. She’s a (former) teammate of Danielle Robinson. What we would like to do with her, obviously, is when she becomes healthy again, see how that plays out. We’ve just admired this woman. For a chance to draft her in the third round was something we were pleased to do.”
Hand will be cleared for a return to full participation in July. She tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee in Oklahoma’s Dec. 6 game against North Texas.