For someone who has always been considered an underdog, Kelsey Plum continues to prove people wrong by carving her own path.
The first overall pick in the 2017 WNBA draft wrapped up her NCAA career with a host of records, including the Pac-12 all-time leading scorer for either sex, the NCAA men’s and women’s record for points in a single season, the NCAA women’s all-time scoring record, and was only 270 points shy of the all-time NCAA scoring record for both men’s and women’s basketball. One thing is clear: don’t tell Kelsey that she’s not tall enough or not strong enough. She’ll prove you wrong.
“I’ve always been a little bit of an underdog… kind of gone under the radar. Maybe it’s my size, or how athletic I am.” Kelsey adds, “At the end of the day, I’m going to go after it.” The guard, listed at 5’8”, has always wanted to play in the WNBA, and was even laughed at in eighth grade for suggesting it, but on April 13, 2017, she was drafted ahead of everyone and joined the San Antonio Stars.
It all started with a highly competitive family, and joining her dad in pick-up games in seventh grade. “I’d get killed,” Kelsey says, “but I learned how to get my shot off and just stay fearless.” The dark horse mentality never seemed to go away. “I was invited to play in the McDonald’s All-American Game and got stopped because they thought I was the manager and they wouldn’t let me go in the arena.”