Destanni Henderson to Attend WNBA Draft
COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina senior guard Destanni Henderson is among the 12 prospects who will attend WNBA Draft 2022 presented by State Farm on Mon., April. 11 at Spring Studios in the Tribecca section of New York City. WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert will announce the first-round draft picks live on ESPN with exclusive coverage beginning at 7 p.m. ET.
Henderson capped her career in the Garnet and Black with a career-best 26 points and lock-down defense against No. 5/6 UConn in the National Championship game, helping the Gamecocks to their second national title in the last five NCAA Tournaments. Her 12.8 points per game in the NCAA Tournament helped her to All-Tournament honors both at the Final Four and the Greensboro Regional. Henderson’s effort all season – 11.5 points per game on 40.3 percent shooting and 3.9 assists per game – put her on the national stage where she picked up All-America honors for the first time in her career, making the USBWA third team and honorable mention status from AP and WBCA.
For her career, Henderson’s 157 made 3-pointers ranks eighth in program history, and her career .379 3-point field goal percentage comes in fourth in the school record book. She joined the 1,000-point club earlier this season and closed her career at 1,220 points to rank 24th in Gamecock women’s basketball history, despite starting just two seasons. The point guard is also ninth in the South Carolina record books with 423 career assists, including 224 in career SEC games, which is third in program history. Her 1.61 assist-to-turnover ratio ranks third in the Gamecock record book.
In program history, 12 Gamecocks have been selected in the WNBA Draft, including eight in the Dawn Staley era. Ten of the 12 were first-round picks. The most recent draftees came in 2020 with Mikiah Herbert Harrigan selected sixth by the Minnesota Lynx and Tyasha Harris picked seventh by the Dallas Wings. A’ja Wilson was the first Gamecock taken No. 1 overall when the Las Vegas Aces picked her at the top of the 2018 draft.
“Draft Central” on WNBA.com will enable fans to access multiple offerings in advance of and throughout the WNBA Draft 2022 presented by State Farm, including an interactive Draft Board, prospect profiles with insights powered by SAP, in-depth features on the top draft prospects and coverage of all draft events. Fans will also be able to access an array of content across @WNBA channels that will include the unique stories and personalities of the prospects via Instagram and TikTok, a Twitter Spaces Mock Draft Debate and cross platform live coverage including the “Orange Carpet.”
Continue to check GamecocksOnline.com and the team’s social media accounts (@GamecockWBB) for the most up-to-date information on the women’s basketball season.