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Butler High grad Cierra Burdick’s WNBA dream comes true

Butler High graduate Cierra Burdick was drafted by the Los Angeles Sparks after a successful college basketball career at Tennessee.
Butler High graduate Cierra Burdick was drafted by the Los Angeles Sparks after a successful college basketball career at Tennessee. TENNESSEE ATHLETICS PHOTOGRAPHY

Cierra Burdick has proven to be a standout basketball player at the high school and college levels.

Now the former Butler High School and Tennessee forward is taking her game to the professional level after being drafted by the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks on April 16.

Burdick, 22, a 6-foot-2 forward, was the second pick in the second round by the Sparks, at No. 14 overall.

Burdick averaged a career-best 11 points and 7.6 rebounds in her final season at Tennessee.

“Cierra is somebody I have been watching since she was a freshman at Tennessee,” said Sparks coach Brian Agler. “She has a maturity about her game that transcends into our league.

“She was somebody we targeted all along and we are happy to have her on our team now.”

Burdick was a McDonald’s All-American at Butler High from 2008-2011, where she led the Bulldogs to an 86-7 record, including the 2010 state title.

Burdick, also a four-time gold medalist with Team USA, averaged 23 points, 15 rebounds, five assists and four steals per game as a Butler senior.

Jay Edwards is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Jay? Email him at jedwardsjr23@gmail.com.

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