GREEN BAY, Wisc. (WBAY) Mehryn Kraker always knew her basketball career would continue the former Green Bay standout just didn't know where. That was decided Thursday night when she was selected in the third round of the WNBA Draft.
Mehryn kraker is used to watching selection shows. She saw the Green Bay name revealed during four NCAA tournament tournaments, but Thursday night was different.
“Just waiting for your name to come up and then all of a sudden it comes up, and it doesn't hit you right away that it's yours,” said Mehryn Kraker.
Kraker's name was the 27th called, the third pick of the third round by the Washington Mystics.
“It kind of hit at once. It was a little overwhelming, but I'd have it no other way."
Mehryn Kraker is just the second Phoenix to be drafted into the WNBA. The only other Green Bay player to accomplish such a feat was Julie Wotja back in 2012. Now even those these two never shared any playing time at Green Bay, Kraker credits Wotja with a pivotal moment in her basketball career.
“Julie was a huge, huge part of me being recruited here. She was my first camp coach and she kind of went to bat for the coaches to get me up here,” said Kraker.
Her decision to join the Phoenix was the jumping off point for an unrivaled career in Green Bay.
Kraker is the all-time leader in three pointers made with 234, and she scored nearly 1700 points, fourth all-time in program history.
“It’s good to see a lot of people's hard work pay off including my own, but it's a team accomplishment. It's a university accomplishment, and we're all really excited.”
Kraker's WNBA selection is big win for her and an even a bigger win for the Green Bay Phoenix.
“It gives them a good rep, you know, it can happen. Our league is getting better it just basically shows that Green Bay is doing the right things,” said Kraker.