Angel Jackson Makes History as Second HBCU Player to Be Drafted in 20 Years

by Gee NY
Angel Jackson. Image Credit: @gojsutigerswbkb and @gojsutigerson instagram

Angel Jackson has etched her name in the annals of history as the second-ever player from a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) to be drafted into the WNBA.

The 6-foot-6 center from Jackson State University in Mississippi achieved this milestone by being selected as the No. 36 pick in the third round by the Las Vegas Aces during the WNBA draft on April 15, making her the sole draftee from an HBCU that night.

This marks only the second time in nearly two decades that an HBCU player has been drafted into the WNBA, following Andrea Gardner’s selection by the Washington Mystics in 2008.

Jackson’s journey to this historic moment began when she transferred from the University of Southern California to Jackson State University. During her time with the Jackson State Tigers, she led the team to two consecutive regular-season championships.

Expressing her pride, Jackson State coach Tomekia Reed remarked:

“I am proud that we are able to do great things right in our HBCU community. I know Angel will do a great job once she lands in Vegas. She loves the game and has worked hard for this moment. I plan on being there with her for a brief moment when she touches in Vegas. I’m so happy her dream has come true. I am one proud coach.”

Jackson State University now boasts two WNBA draftees from HBCUs, with Ameshya Williams-Holliday having been selected by the Indiana Fever during the 2022 Draft.

If Jackson secures her spot on the official roster, she will embark on her historic journey with the WNBA when the season commences on May 14.

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