Alexis Peterson joined elite company April 13 when she was selected in the second round of the WNBA draft by the Seattle Storm.
Picked 15th overall, the Northland High School graduate became the seventh player originally from central Ohio to be selected during the 21-year history of the WNBA draft, and she was the second highest overall.
Peterson was selected with the third pick of the second round by Seattle, which was one of eight teams to make the playoffs from the 12-team league last season.
“Alexis is a true point guard, she’s a strong playmaker and solid scoring guard that will fit well in (coach) Jenny Boucek’s system,” Storm president and general manager Alisha Valavanis said on the team’s website.
The 5-foot-7 Peterson left Syracuse as the program’s all-time leader in assists (590) and finished second at the school in career points (1,978), career field goals made (677) and career free throws made (440).
She was the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year and second-team All-America last season as she averaged 23.4 points and seven assists. The Orange went 22-11 and reached the second round of the NCAA tournament.
As a junior, Peterson averaged 16 points and 4.7 assists while helping Syracuse reach the national championship game, which it lost to Connecticut.
The last player selected in the WNBA draft from central Ohio was Whetstone graduate Asia Taylor, who played for Louisville and was picked in the third round in 2014 by the Minnesota Lynx.
Based on the WNBA’s rookie wage scale, Peterson can sign a three-year deal that starts with a base salary of $41,022 in the first year, followed by salaries of $41,843 in the second year, $46,028 in the third season and $52,304 in a fourth-year option.
The only player from central Ohio to be picked higher than Peterson is Independence graduate Jessica Davenport, who was the second overall selection of the 2007 draft by the San Antonio Silver Stars.
Brookhaven graduate Helen Darling was the first pick in the second round of the 2000 draft by the Cleveland Rockers, but she was 17th overall because the league had 16 teams at the time.
The others from the area who have been picked in the WNBA draft are Marion-Franklin’s Tomeka Brown (fourth round in 2002), Bexley’s K.B. Sharp (second round in 2003) and Pickerington North’s Marscilla Packer (third round in 2008).