The WNBA has officially added another Terp to the league.
Maryland women’s basketball’s Kaila Charles was selected 23rd overall by the Connecticut Sun in Friday’s virtual draft.
Charles is the first Terp to be selected in the draft since 2017, when both Shatori Walker-Kimbrough and Brionna Jones were taken in the first round. She’ll now join Jones, as well as Terp Alyssa Thomas in Connecticut.
The 6’1 wing player started every game for head coach Brenda Frese since the day she stepped foot in College Park and finished her career sixth on Maryland’s all-time scoring list. Charles is also two-time Third Team All-American and three-time All-Big Ten First Team honoree.
Charles led the Terps in both scoring and rebounding in her senior season, averaging 14.3 points and 7.3 boards per game while shooting 50 percent from the field, to help guide the team to Big Ten regular season and tournament championships before the abrupt end to the season.
The Glenn Dale, Maryland, native scored at an even higher rate in her sophomore and junior seasons, averaging 17.9 and 17 points per game, respectively.
She’ll now look to replicate that success at the next level, joining a long line of Terps to make the transition to the WNBA.
“I’m a very fast-paced, strong, athletic, skillful player and I’m ready to show everything I can do,” Charles told Testudo Times on a recent podcast. “I feel like I’ve yet to scratch the surface of my potential and I’m working every single day, and I’m ready to show the world what I can do.”