Louis Selected By Las Vegas Aces in 2018 WNBA Draft
NEW YORK CITY – LSU senior Raigyne Louis was selected with the 25th pick overall by the Las Vegas Aces during Thursday’s WNBA Draft 2018 presented by State Farm held at the Nike New York HQ. She becomes the 18th player to be drafted in program history.
“First of all, I just want to thank God for this opportunity,” Louis said. “It is an amazing blessing to be able to continue my basketball career at the next level and I look forward to getting started with the Las Vegas Aces.”
Louis, a two-time All-SEC selection and the 2016-17 SEC Defensive Player of the Year, ended her LSU career as one of the program’s most prolific players on and off the court. The native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is the only Lady Tiger to finish her collegiate career with over 1,600 points, 700 rebounds, 300 assists and 250 steals. She recorded 1,681 points, 726 boards, 355 assists and 298 steals. In her final season, Louis averaged 16.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.3 steals per game.
The former Raigyne Moncrief is the 10th player in LSU history with at least 1,600 points scored, the 14th with over 700 rebounds, the 13th with 300 assists and the third with 275 steals. Over her 126-game career, she posted 11 double-doubles and 93 double-figure scoring games. She also had 23 games scoring 20 or more points and 20 games with five or more assists.
Off the court, Louis was selected as a member of the 2018 SEC Women’s Basketball Community Service Team and will graduate in the coming months with her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. Her senior team project is a basketball shooting machine for a child with cerebral palsy.
Training camp opens for WNBA teams on Sunday, April 29 followed by preseason games which run from May 4-15. The WNBA regular season begins on Thursday, May 17 and wraps up on Sunday, August 19. The WNBA playoffs start on Tuesday, August 21.
Former LSU players currently playing in the WNBA are 2017 WNBA MVP Sylvia Fowles (Minnesota Lynx), Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx), Allison Hightower (Washington Mystics) and Theresa Plaisance (Dallas Wings).
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LSU – WNBA Draft History
Year, Player, Round (Overall Pick), Team
1999, Elaine Powell, 4 (50), Orlando Miracle
2000, Katrina Hibbert, 4 (57), Seattle Storm
2001, Marie Ferdinand, 1 (8), Utah Starzz
2001, April Brown, 4 (51), Indiana Fever
2003, Aiysha Smith, 1 (7), Washington Mystics
2003, DeTrina White, 2 (20), Indiana Fever
2003, KeKe Tardy, 2 (25), San Antonio Silver Stars
2004, Doneeka Hodges, 2 (25), Los Angeles Sparks
2005, Temeka Johnson, 1 (6), Washington Mystics
2006, Seimone Augustus, 1 (1), Minnesota Lynx
2006, Scholanda Robinson (+), 1 (14), Sacramento Monarchs
2008, Sylvia Fowles, 1 (2), Chicago Sky
2008, Erica White, 2 (17), Houston Comets
2008, Quianna Chaney, 2 (19), Chicago Sky
2010, Allison Hightower, 2 (15), Connecticut Sun
2012, LaSondra Barrett, 1 (10), Washington Mystics
2014, Theresa Plaisance, 3 (27), Tulsa Shock
2018, Raigyne Louis, 3 (25), Las Vegas Aces
(+) – formally Hoston and Dorrell