Trương Thảo Vy Becomes First Vietnamese Player Drafted into WNBA

Trương Thảo Vy, a 21-year-old Vietnamese basketball player, makes history as the first Vietnamese-born athlete drafted into the WNBA, inspiring young Vietnamese athletes and raising the profile of basketball in Vietnam.

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Trương Thảo Vy Becomes First Vietnamese Player Drafted into WNBA

Trương Thảo Vy Becomes First Vietnamese Player Drafted into WNBA

Trương Thảo Vy, a 21-year-old Vietnamese basketball player, has made history by becoming the first Vietnamese-born athlete to be drafted into the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The Washington Mystics selected Vy with the 21st overall pick in the 2024 WNBA Draft on April 16.

Vy, who was born in Texas to Vietnamese parents, played college basketball at Gonzaga University. During her five seasons with the Bulldogs, the 1.77m point guard averaged 11.4 points, 5.8 assists, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.3 steals per game in her final 2023-24 season. She earned West Coast Conference (WCC) Player of the Year honors in 2023 and was named to the All-WCC First Team in her last two years.

In addition to her impressive NCAA career, Vy has also represented the Vietnamese national team. Along with her twin sister Trương Thảo My, Vy helped Vietnam win a silver medal in 3x3 basketball at the 31st Southeast Asian Games in 2022 and a historic gold medal at the 32nd SEA Games in 2023. Vy scored the championship-winning point in the 3x3 final, marking Vietnam's first-ever basketball gold at the regional multi-sport event.

Why this matters: Vy's selection in the WNBA Draft is a significant milestone for Vietnamese basketball. She follows in the footsteps of Vietnamese-American player Jaylin Williams, who was drafted into the NBA in 2022. Vy's achievement will inspire young Vietnamese athletes and help raise the profile of basketball in Vietnam.

Vy expressed her appreciation and excitement after being drafted, saying, "I am honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to play in the WNBA ." This is a dream come true for me, and I can't wait to represent Vietnam on the biggest stage in women's basketball." The Washington Mystics, who won the WNBA championship in 2019, will provide Vy with a platform to further develop her skills and showcase her talent at the highest level.

Key Takeaways

  • Trương Thảo Vy, 21, is the first Vietnamese-born WNBA draft pick.
  • Vy played college basketball at Gonzaga, earning WCC Player of the Year.
  • Vy represented Vietnam's national team, winning SEA Games gold and silver.
  • Vy's WNBA selection is a historic milestone for Vietnamese basketball.
  • Vy will play for the Washington Mystics, the 2019 WNBA champions.