Marion Jones in WNBA Draft

Jones drafted by WNBA team

Five-time Olympic medalist Marion Jones was selected in the third round of the 2003 WNBA draft Saturday by the Phoenix Mercury, despite having not played organized basketball in six years.

Jones, who has put her track career on hold until following the birth of her child in July, started as a freshman guard on North Carolina’s 1994 national championship team. A third-team All-America selection as a junior, that season Jones averaged 18.9 points a game and shot 54% from the field.

The Mercury is hoping that Jones, who has expressed an interest in possibly returning to basketball, might consider joining the team following her participation in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

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The Cleveland Rockers won the 2003 Draft Lottery, conducted on Thursday, April 24, and selected LaToya Thomas with the first overall pick.
Here is a complete rundown of the 2003 WNBA Draft:


1 Cleveland Rockers LaToya Thomas, F, Mississippi State
2 Sacramento Monarchs Chantelle Anderson, C, Vanderbilt
3 Detroit Shock Cheryl Ford, C, Louisiana Tech
4 Phoenix Mercury Plenette Pierson, F, Texas Tech
5 Detroit Shock (from Connecticut) Kara Lawson, G, Tennessee
6 Indiana Fever Gwen Jackson, F, Tennessee
7 Washington Mystics Aiysha Smith, C, Louisiana State
8 Seattle Storm Jung Sun-min, C, Korea
9 Charlotte Sting Jocelyn Penn, F, South Carolina
10 New York Liberty Molly Creamer, G, Bucknell
11 San Antonio Silver Stars Coretta Brown, G, North Carolina
12 Houston Comets Allison Curtin, G, Tulsa


13 Connecticut Sun (from Detroit) Courtney Coleman, F, Ohio State
14 Minnesota Lynx Teresa Edwards, G, Georgia
15 Cleveland Rockers Jennifer Butler, C, Massachusetts
16 Phoenix Mercury Petra Ujhelyi, F-C, South Carolina
17 New York Liberty (from Sacramento) Erin Thorn, G, Brigham Young
18 Minnesota Lynx (from Miami) Jordan Adams, C, New Mexico
19 Houston Comets (from Connecticut) Lori Nero, F-C, Louisville
20 Indiana Fever DeTrina White, F, Louisiana State
21 Washington Mystics Zuzana Zirkova, G, Slovakia
22 Seattle Storm Suzy Batkovic, C, Australia
23 Charlotte Sting Dana Cherry, G, Arkansas
24 New York Liberty Sonja Mallory, C, Georgia Tech
25 San Antonio Silver Stars Ke-Ke Tardy, F, Louisiana State
26 New York Liberty (from Houston) K.B. Sharp, G, Cincinnati
27 Los Angeles Sparks Schuye LaRue, F, Virginia


28 Detroit Shock Syreeta Bromfield, F, Michigan State
29 Minnesota Lynx Carla Bennett, C, Drake
30 Cleveland Rockers Shaquala Williams, G, Oregon
31 Phoenix Mercury Telisha Quarles, G, Virginia
32 Washington Mystics (from Sacramento) Trish Juhline, G, Villanova
33 Phoenix Mercury (from Miami) Marion Jones, G, North Carolina
34 Connecticut Sun Lindsey Wilson, G, Iowa State
35 Indiana Fever Ashley McElhiney, G, Vanderbilt
36 Washington Mystics Tamara Bowie, F, Ball State
37 Seattle Storm Chrissy Floyd, G, Clemson
38 Houston Comets (from Charlotte) Constance Jinks, G, UNLV
39 New York Liberty Nicole Kaczmarski, G
40 San Antonio Silver Stars Brooke Armistead, G, Austin Peay
41 Houston Comets Oksana Rakhmatulina
42 Los Angeles Sparks Mary Jo Noon, C, Purdue