Courtney Paris drafted seventh by Sacramento; Ashley 22nd to Los Angeles.
SECAUCUS, N.J. -- Courtney is going back to Northern California. Ashley will take her game to SoCal.
Courtney Paris was taken seventh overall by the Sacramento Monarchs in the first round and Ashley Paris 22nd overall by the Los Angeles Sparks in the second round of the 2009 WNBA Draft Thursday at NBA Entertainment Studios.
Courtney Paris, a four-time All-America center from Oklahoma was the first of a slew of post players taken in the middle of the first round. Paris is the fifth Sooner in history to be drafted in WNBA Draft's first round. Ashley Paris will add to the marquee names of the WNBA at Los Angeles, joining Lisa Leslie, Candace Parker and Tina Thompson on the Sparks' roster.
The Paris twins are the eighth and ninth Sooners drafted into the WNBA.
With Sacramento, Courtney Paris will play professionally just 80 miles northeast of her high school stomping grounds of Piedmont, Calif.
"I'm extremely happy," Courtney Paris said. "I never even thought about the potential of getting back to California and having that opportunity to play in front of my friends and family again. It's a dream come true."
According to the team's official Twitter page, Monarchs' head coach Jenny Boucek called Paris "the steal of the draft."
As expected, Louisville's versatile forward Angel McCoughtry was the first pick, going to the Atlanta Dream, one of few teams that had many positions to fill.
Maryland teammates Marissa Coleman and Kristi Toliver were taken second and third, respectively. Coleman will stay near her alma mater to play with the Washington Mystics. Toliver was drafted by the Chicago Sky.
Connecticut's Renee Montgomery (Minnesota), Auburn's DeWanna Bonner (Phoenix) and Arizona State's Briann January (Indiana) were the fourth through sixth picks.
The Paris sisters were among 15 players invited to attend the draft at NBA Entertainment Studios.
The 13th WNBA season tips off June 6 and Sacramento and Los Angeles will meet June 22.
Coincidentally, Courtney will arrive in Ashley's draft city of Los Angeles for the Wooden Award and Wooden All-America banquet Friday evening. Training camp for WNBA teams opens May 17.
2009 WNBA First Round Draft Results
1. Atlanta Dream - Angel McCoughtry, F, Louisville
2. Washington Mystics - Marissa Coleman, G/F, Maryland
3. Chicago Sky - Kristi Toliver, G, Maryland
4. Minnesota Lynx - Renee Montgomery, G, Connecticut
5. Phoenix Mercury - DeWanna Bonner, G/F, Auburn
6. Indiana Fever - Briann January, G, Arizona State
7. Sacramento Monarchs - Courtney Paris, C, Oklahoma
8. New York Liberty - Kia Vaughn, C, Rutgers
9. Minnesota Lynx (from Los Angeles, via Washington) - Quanitra Hollingsworth, C, Virginia Commonwealth
10. Connecticut Sun - Chante Black, C/F, Duke
11. Detroit Shock - Shavonte Zellous, G, Pittsburgh
12. Seattle Storm - Ashley Walker, C, California
13. Los Angeles Sparks (from San Antonio, via Atlanta) - Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton, F, Purdue
Second Round Results
14. San Antonio Silver Stars (from Atlanta) - Megan Frazee, G/F, Liberty
15. Minnesota Lynx (from Washington) - Rashanda McCants, F, North Carolina
16. Chicago Sky - Danielle Gant, F, Texas A&M
17. Connecticut Sun (from Minnesota) - Lyndra Littles, F, Virginia
18. Detroit Shock (from Phoenix, via Atlanta) - Brittany Miller, C, Valosun (Czech Republic)/Florida State
19. Indiana Fever - Christina Wirth, F, Vanderbilt
20. Sacramento Monarchs - Whitney Boddie, G, Auburn
21. New York Liberty - Abby Waner, G, Duke
22. Los Angeles Sparks - Ashley Paris, F, Oklahoma
23. Washington Mystics (from Connecticut, via Minnesota) - Camille LeNoir, G, Southern California
24. Washington Mystics (from Detroit) - Jelena Milovanovic, F, Serbia
25. Atlanta Dream (from Seattle) - Shalee Lehning, G, Kansas State
26. San Antonio Silver Stars - Sonja Petrovic, G, Serbia
Third Round Results
27. Atlanta Dream - Jessica Morrow, F, Baylor
28. Washington Mystics - Josephine Owino, C, Union (Tenn.)
29. Chicago Sky - Jennifer Risper, G, Vanderbilt
30. Minnesota Lynx - Emily Fox, G, Minnesota
31. Phoenix Mercury - Sha Brooks, G, Florida
32. Indiana Fever - Danielle Campbell, C, Purdue
33. Sacramento Monarchs - Morgan Warburton, G, Utah
34. Phoenix Mercury (from New York) - Jessica Adair, C/F George Washington
35. Los Angeles Sparks - Britney Jordan, G, Texas A&M-Commerce
36. Connecticut Sun - Alba Torrens, F, Celta Indepo (Spain)
37. Detroit Shock - Tanae Davis-Cain, G, Florida State
38. Seattle Storm - Mara Freshour, G, Florida State
39. San Antonio Silver Stars - Candyce Bingham, F, Louisville
| Oklahoma WNBA Draft History
||First Round (7th overall)
||Los Angeles Sparks
||Second Round (22nd overall)
||Third Round (28th overall)
||First Round (13th overall)
||Third Round (27th overall)
||First Round (3rd overall)
||First Round (13th overall)
||Los Angeles Sparks
||First Round (16th overall)
||Third Round (38th overall)