No. 1 Dawgs: Top picks Kelsey Plum and Markelle Fultz make history for UW Huskies

Kelsey Plum and Markelle Fultz make Washington the first school to ever produce the No. 1 picks in both drafts in the same year.

Two months ago, Kelsey Plum became the first Husky basketball player — male or female — to ever be selected No. 1 overall. On Thursday, Markelle Fultz became the second Husky to do it.

Plum, who was selected first in the WNBA draft by the San Antonio Stars, cheered on her friend and fellow Husky Friday night, as Fultz went first overall in a star-studded NBA draft to the Philadelphia 76ers.

But while the duo became the first Huskies ever selected in the NBA or WNBA drafts, Plum and Fultz also make Washington the first school to ever produce the No. 1 picks in both drafts in the same year. Plum also was the fourth women’s basketball player from the Pac-12 Conference to go No. 1, while Fultz was the third men’s Pac-12 player to go first.

First time for everything
With Fultz going No. 1 overall, it marks the first time the same school has had the top overall pick in the NBA and WNBA drafts in the same year. A look at three previous times one school came closest to pulling that off:
Year School WNBA NBA
2002 UConn Sue Bird (No. 1 overall Caron Butler (No. 10 overall)
2004 UConn Diana Taurasi (No. 1 overall) Emeka Okafor (No. 2 overall)
2009 Louisville Angel McCoughtry (No. 1 overall) Terrence Williams (No. 11 overall)

After setting the women’s college scoring record in four years with UW, Plum is off to a slow start as a pro, averaging 3.7 points and 1.4 assists per game in her young WNBA career. Plum, who got to experience the pomp and circumstance of being a No. 1 pick in April, had some advice for Fultz.

“You don’t really know what’s going on, and at times that may feel stressful, but as soon…

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