Last year, Michigan was the only school in the country to have players selected in the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL Drafts. But the WNBA is absent from that list. More than just missing the draft, not one former Wolverine plays in the league.
Senior guard Katelynn Flaherty has a chance to change that. Michigan’s all-time leading scorer is currently projected to be a second-round pick by mock drafts from both Summit Hoops and Draft Site. But it’s not that simple.
Maurice Hurst’s NFL Draft Combine didn’t go the way he planned.
The former Michigan defensive tackle didn’t run the 40-yard dash or get on the bench press. He was held out of every drill due to an irregular electrocardiogram, which measures electrical activity in the heart. Despite being cleared from the same issue by the Wolverines, per NFL Network, Hurst’s draft stock has, at least temporarily, taken a hit.
It was February and Akienreh Johnson was ready to let her frustration out into the open.
The sophomore guard had torn her ACL in the midst of the 2016-17 season, then was cleared in time for the start of her sophomore season. She had put in the work during practice and extra workouts. But she wasn’t seeing the results.
Johnson met with Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico not about playing time, but about finding a way to start seeing the returns on those hours.