Vanderbilt University senior Chavonne Hammond overcame a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her sophomore season and then put in extra time last summer to improve her offensive game.
Her first reward came with a breakthrough season this winter and her second came on Tuesday when the Detroit Shock selected her in the WNBA draft. A 1996 Arundel High grad, Hammond was chosen 44th in the third round.
"I just talked to her this afternoon and she's really excited about it. It's a great opportunity and now she has to get up there and earn a job," her father, Karl, said last night.
After starting just seven games in her first three seasons, the 6-foot Hammond came into her own as a senior at Vanderbilt. Starting all 34 games, mostly at forward, she averaged 10.4 points and 4.6 rebounds. Her 121 assists and 67 steals led the team and she also was second with 41 blocks.
Hammond was named the team's co-Most Valuable Player, the Most Improved Player and repeated as the Most Outstanding Defensive Player. A two-time Anne Arundel Player of the Year and first-team All-Metro pick, Hammond led Arundel to their first Class 4A state title in 1996.