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Mystics select NC State star, Maryland graduate Kiara Leslie 10th overall in WNBA draft

Mystics select NC State star, Maryland graduate Kiara Leslie 10th overall in WNBA draft

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...

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