Today the Women’s National Basketball Association announced that Liberty guard/forward, DiDi Richards, has been selected to the 2021 All-Rookie Team in part of the league-wide postseason awards. Richards is now the seventh rookie in franchise history to receive the honor along with Rookie of the Year Michaela Onyenwere.
“It’s an honor to be named to this year’s All-Rookie Team alongside some amazing athletes who are the future of the WNBA,” said Richards. “Thanks to my teammates, coaches, support staff, and my family for all of their support. I’m excited to continue working on my game this offseason and look forward to 2022.”
The Baylor alumna was selected 17th overall by New York in the 2021 WNBA Draft, which the team acquired from the Washington Mystics in 2020. Richards made an immediate impact off the bench, providing immediate energy and a spark on both ends of the floor through her 31-game rookie campaign.
Richards ranked first among rookies in three-point field goal percentage (45.5%, 10-22), second in games (31), field goal percentage (minimum 30 attempts: 42.1%, 27-64) and steals (17), as well as third in assists (25), total minutes (346) and blocks (5). This award is the second All-Rookie honor the 6’2 guard/forward has garnered, coupled with a selection from The Associated Press.
The 2021 WNBA All-Rookie Team also features Rookie of the Year, Michaela Onyenwere, Aari McDonald (Atlanta), Dana Evans (Chicago) and Charli Collier (Dallas).
The Liberty’s All-Rookie Team Recipients include:
DiDi Richards – G/F – 2021
Michaela Onyenwere – F – 2021
Jazmine Jones – G – 2020
Kiah Stokes – C – 2015
Brittany Boyd – G – 2015
Kelsey Bone – C – 2013
Kalana Greene – G – 2010