April 20, 2001
Tallahassee, FL –
Seminole seniors Brooke Wyckoff and Levys Torres were both drafted by the WNBA Friday afternoon and it marks the first time that two Seminoles have been drafted in one year by the professional women’s league. Wyckoff, who went in the second round to the Orlando Miracle, and Torres, who was picked by the Miami Sol in the third round, are just the second and third Seminoles to ever be drafted by the Women’s National Basketball Association. Latavia Coleman was drafted in the third round last year by the Houston Comets and then sent to the Indiana Fever in a draft day trade.
“There could not have been two more perfect fits for Levys and Brooke than the teams that picked them,” said head coach Sue Semrau. “Brooke is very familiar with many of the Miracle’s staff due to her time with USA Basketball and Levys goes to the closest city in all of the United States to her home (Colombia). This caps off such a fun year for this program. It just leaves you smiling.”
Wyckoff was taken with the 26th overall pick and is now the highest draft-pick the Seminole women’s basketball program has ever produced. The senior from West Chester, OH was a first team All-ACC selection this season and a two-time member of the ACC All-Defensive team. She averaged 15.2 points and 6.7 rebounds per game as a senior on a Seminole team that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in ten years.
“She was an All-ACC selection, a two time defensive player of the year in the ACC and she lead their team in blocked shots,” said Miracle head coach Carolyn Peck. “She’s a 6’2″ player who can play the three or four positions. She’s very smart and a true competitor who has international playing experience with USA Basketball as well. Our fans will really enjoy watching her play.”
Torres, a junior college transfer, was taken fifth in the third round and 37th overall. She averaged 10.8 points per game and 10.0 rebounds a game as a senior. Her play down the stretch was a main reason Florida State made its run in the NCAA Tournament. The Colombia native averaged 12.7 points per game over the last 14 games of the year and set an FSU record with 24 rebounds against Coppin State (12/28/00).
“I never really thought about realistically playing in the WNBA until this year,” said Torres. “During the season I started to see the difference in my level of play compared to last year and I was hoping that this would happen. Whenever anybody asked my what team I would want to play for I always said Miami. When I found out that Miami had drafted me I couldn’t believe it. It is just a great day for me.”