The best thing about Monday's WNBA Draft for Husker senior Lindsey Moore is, "I've got a summer job that pays pretty good and a chance to play pro basketball, which has always been a dream of mine."
The Minnesota Lynx selected NU's record-setting point guard in the first round of the draft Monday night at the ESPN studios in Bristol, Conn.
The average pay for a player chosen late in the first round is $35,000 for the three-month season.
"You get a little anxious waiting for your name to be called, then when it happens, you feel kind of strange to be up there with Brittney Griner, Elena Delle Donne and all the other first-round picks," Moore said by phone. "I'll get to play and learn from the best -- Lindsay Whalen, their guard, who played on the Olympic team, is one of the best, and their shooting guard, Maya Moore, is excellent."
Lynx assistant coach Shelley Patterson said, "One of the most valuable pieces of Lindsey Moore's game is her ability to adapt to whatever role her team needs. Offensively, she can be a distributor, but if she needs to, she can be a scorer. She can shoot the three, or she can drive to the basket and finish at the rim."
Moore, who set school records for assists, games started and minutes played, was Nebraska's third first-round pick in program history, following Kelsey Griffin and Nicole Kubik.
Moore set a school record with 132 starts, helped NU to 94 wins and played more than 4,000 minutes in her four years at Nebraska. She was the point guard for the two Husker teams that reached the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 (2010 and 2013).
"I'll be close enough to Lincoln to maybe see my old team and to have them visit and see me in Minneapolis," Moore said. "All I've got to do now is get into basketball shape by the time practice starts and get ready to learn all I can."
The 5-foot-9 guard from Covington, Wash., was the last player chosen in the first round.
"This is a dream come true to get a chance to keep playing basketball," she said.
Moore averaged 15.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 5.7 assists this season, and shot 47 percent from the field, including 38 percent on three-pointers.
Moore is the fourth member of Nebraska’s 2010 starting five to get an opportunity to play in the WNBA, joining Griffin (Connecticut, 2010-13), Cory Montgomery (New York Liberty, 2010) and Yvonne Turner (who signed with San Antonio in February).
Moore will graduate May 4 with a degree in communications, and WNBA training camps open the next day. The Lynx's final preseason game is against Griffin and the Connecticut Sun at Minneapolis on May 21.
Minnesota's regular-season opener will be June 1 against Griffin and the Sun at Minneapolis. The Lynx are coming off a 2012 season in which they advanced to the WNBA Finals.