When it finally came time for the Washington Mystics to make their pick late in the first round of the WNBA draft Wednesday, a handful of big-name players were left on the board, from Iowa's Megan Gustafson to Missouri's Sophie Cunningham.
But for the second year in a row, Mystics coach and general manager Mike Thibault eschewed the list of players the league deemed worthy of an invite to New York and a spot on ESPN.
Washington instead selected North Carolina State's Kiara Leslie with the 10th overall pick. She joins Ariel Atkins, last year's seventh overall pick, as a surprise selection for Thibault's Mystics.
"I was totally — I was surprised," a giddy...