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Indiana Fever draft IU’s Ali Patberg in the third round

Ali Patberg’s basketball career has never had a home base outside of the state of Indiana.

On Monday night the Indiana Fever gave her the chance to keep playing home games in front of Hoosiers when they selected the Columbus, Ind. product in the third round.

Patberg becomes the fourth IU player selected in the WNBA Draft since the league began and the first since 2011.

The versatile 5-foot-11 guard started in all 33 games for IU in 2021-22.  She averaged 11.6 points, 3.4 assists, 3.2 rebounds and shot 42.6 percent from the floor, while regularly drawing the toughest defensive assignment.

Patberg finished her career ninth all-time in scoring (1,752) at IU and ranks third all-time in assists (528).  Her 14.2 points per game average ranks tied for eighth all time.  She started in every game she appeared in (123) and led Indiana to three NCAA Tournament appearances including a pair of Sweet Sixteens and an Elite Eight appearance.

This story will be updated.

Forward Aleksa Gulbe was not drafted on Monday, but she accepted a training camp invite from the Connecticut Sun.

Indiana in the WNBA

1998

Quacy Barnes

Third Round • 22nd pick

Sacramento Monarchs

2002

Jill Chapman

Second Round • 21st pick

Detroit Shock

2011

Jorie Davis

Third Round • 33rd pick

Indiana Fever

2022

Ali Patberg

Third Round • 34th pick

Indiana Fever


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