There is always a first time for everything and in the case of Lanay Montgomery, it’s also long been overdue.
Montgomery made history in Montgomery County last week when the former All-Sentinel player was selected 30th overall in the third round by the Seattle Storm in the 2017 WNBA Draft.
Not only did the West Virginia University senior become the first Holy Cross graduate ever selected in the WNBA Draft but the 6-foot-5 center was also the first former Watkins Mill player ever picked in the draft.
On top of that, Montgomery also became the first player from Milton Kimbrough’s Germantown Lady Panthers AAU program ever selected in the WNBA Draft.
“It is truly an honor to have my name called at the WNBA Draft,” said Montgomery. “I started playing basketball my freshman year of high school, and now to be drafted is an amazing feeling. It shows the hard work and dedication I’ve put into this game. I’d like to say thank you to my dad Robert Montgomery for introducing me to the game and my AAU coach Milton Kimbrough for working with me and teaching me the game.”
Montgomery spent her freshman campaign at Watkins Mill where she was coached by Ivan Hicks and transferred to Holy Cross where she played for Russell Davis and Eddie Simpson.
With Montgomery’s selection, the Mountaineers have had back-to-back draft picks for the first time in program history and three selections in the last four seasons.
“There is no one more deserving of this moment than Lanay Montgomery,” said West Virginia head coach Mike Carey. “With her tremendous work ethic, Lanay has made great strides in her five years at West Virginia University. We are very proud of her accomplishments and I wish her the best of luck in Seattle.”
Montgomery finished her college career with 937 rebounds (7.1 rpg), 855 points (6.5 ppg) and 330 blocks (2.5 bpg). She set the West Virginia career field goal percentage record with a 59.6 shooting percentage (355-of-596) after breaking the program’s single-season shooting percentage in her junior and senior campaigns.
Montgomery’s 330 blocks are the second-most at West Virginia and the fourth-highest in Big 12 Conference history. Her 7.1 rebounding average and 20 double-doubles ranks seventh all-time at West Virginia. She was also named an Academic All-Big 12 first team honoree.
Montgomery, who was the first Mountaineer to be picked by Seattle, was a two-year team captain and a two-year member of the Big 12 All-Defensive Team. She also earned All-Big 12 honorable mention this season after averaging 10.6 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game.