Former Blackman star Dangerfield named WNBA Rookie of the Year

CRYSTAL DANGERFIELD

Former Blackman High School standout and three-time Tennessee State Gatorade Player of the Year winner Crystal Dangerfield was named the WNBA Rookie of the Year on Thursday.

The Minnesota Lynx first-year player averaged 16.2 points per game to lead her team (11th in the WNBA), shot 92.2 percent at the free-throw line and averaged 30 minutes of play a game.

Dangerfield garnered 44 of the 47 votes for the league's top rookie player and joined former Lynx players Betty Lennox (1999), Seimone Augustus (2006), Maya Moore (2011) and Napheesa Collier (2019) as the franchise's winners.

She became the league's first Rookie of the Year Award winner who was not drafted in the first round in WNBA history. Dangerfield was the 16th overall pick in the second round.

Dangerfield earned multiple conference and national honors during her playing days at the University of Connecticut and is the school's fifth all-time leader in assists.

She was a four-year starter at Blackman and helped lead the Lady Blaze to two state title in 2014 and 2015 and was a two-time Miss Basketball winner in 2015 and 2016. Dangerfield also won the 2016 Morgan Wooten National Player of the Year.

Dangerfield earned $5,150 for the award and a designed trophy by Tiffany & Co.

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