Asia Durr ‘15 begins her career in the WNBA

Star basketball player selected as the second overall pick by the New York Liberty

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Rewind to a chilly weekday evening in February 2015. It’s a home game in the St. Pius X gym. The Lady Lions basketball team leads Woodward Academy 25-20 in the state playoffs. Senior Asia Durr dribbles down the court, stares down the defender, fakes past her, then pulls up for a jump shot at the three-point line. The crowd roars with excitement as the ball swishes through the basket, and the announcer yells, “Asia ‘Amazes Ya’ Durr with the three!”

It’s been four years since Durr has dominated the courts and walked the halls of St. Pius, but she recently wowed the Golden Lions community once again when the New York Liberty selected her as the second overall pick of the WNBA draft last month.

“It is no surprise to me that she was selected as the second pick in the draft because she works and practices harder than she plays, so that when big moments come up during games, she is prepared for them,” said head girls’ basketball coach Kyle Snipes, who won two state titles with Durr in 2013 and 2014.

Durr finished her high school career at St. Pius with 2,764 points, a school record for any athlete, male or female, and set the school record for most points in a game by a single player with 53 points. She also earned countless other awards and accolades, including Gatorade Player of the Year in 2014.

After graduating in 2015, Durr went on to have a phenomenal four-year career at the University of Louisville where she was named the ACC Player of the Year in 2018 and 2019 and led the Cardinals four appearances in the NCAA Tournament, three Sweet 16’s, two Elite Eights, and one Final Four.