With her mom and many of her teammates and coaches around her in the CU locker room, Jeffery watched and wait´ ed anxiously until she was no longer an available player.
Jeffery was selected by the Minnesota Lynx with the No. 24 overall pick - the final pick in the second round.
"It's unexplainable," said Jeff´ ery, who completed her college career last month by leading the Buffaloes to the NCAA Tourna´ ment. "I couldn't yell, I couldn't scream; I just sat there and look´ ed at the screen and was like, 'This is crazy.' Everybody was screaming and hugging me. My body temperature got high and I was just kind of stunned, but definitely excited and nervous. My heart is still pumping."
It has been a dream of Jeff´ ery's to play in the WNBA.
"I'm just excited to have a team," said Jeffery, who grew up in Colorado Springs. "I'm ex´ cited that I'm going to get the opportunity to play for the Min´ nesota Lynx."
One of the best players in CU history, Jeffery now joins one of the best teams in the league. The Lynx won the champion´ ship in 2011 and finished as run´ ner-up in 2012. They are guided by veteran coach Cheryl Reeve.
"They're a really good team, they've got some awesome play´ ers," Jeffery said. "I'm just really excited to get in there and be´ come a learner again.
Jeffery is just the fifth CU player to be drafted in WNBA history. The league held its first draft in 1997. Jeffery and Britta´ ny Spears (2011) are the only Buffs to be drafted in the last 11 years.
"We're excited for Chucky, we're proud of Chucky," CU head coach Linda Lappe said.
In four years at CU, Jeffery led the Buffs to the postseason three times. That included CU's first run to the NCAA Tourna´ ment in nine years.
Jeffery finished sixth on CU's all-time scoring list (1,644 points), fifth in rebounds (921), fourth in assists (481) and fourth in steals (283). She is the only player in CU history to rank among the top six in all those categories.
Jeffery is the only player in team history to record 1,500 points, 900 rebounds and 400 as´ sists. Only four players have ac´ cumulated more double-doubles than her 30, and of the three tri´ ple-doubles in CU history, Jeff´ ery has two of them.
She also finished among the all-time leaders in field goals made (sixth, 619), 3-pointers made (15th, 75) and blocks (13th, 71).
A point guard at CU, Jeffery isn't sure where she will play as a pro. Minnesota already has Lindsay Whalen, who is one of the league's best point guards. The Lynx also drafted Nebras´ ka's Lindsay Moore, one of the top collegiate point guards, in the first round.
Jeffery, however, has the skills to play in a variety of spots. She will need to put all of her skills on display as she tries to make the 11-player roster this season.
"It is extremely hard to make a team," Lappe said. "You have to be something special and show how special you are in training camp. I think what Chucky is going to bring, she's going to bring a level of athleti´ cism and quickness. The ability to play multiple positions I think is going to really benefit her."
The Lynx are led by super´ stars Seimone Augustus and Maya Moore, two of Jeffery's fa´ vorite players.
Jeffery said she will report to
training camp on May 5. The
Lynx open the season June 1
against Connecticut. ... Aside
from Spears and Jeffery, the only
other Buffs taken in the WNBA
Draft were Isabelle Fijalkowski
(1997), Raegan Scott (1997) and
Mandy Nightingale (2002). CU
had five players drafted by the
ABL from 1996-98.