After five incredible seasons with the Virginia Tech Women’s Basketball program, Aisha Sheppard is going to the WNBA.
The Alexandra, Va. native was selected with the 23rd pick overall in the second round by the Las Vegas Aces in the 2022 WNBA Draft, making her the highest drafted Hokie in program history.
During her time in Blacksburg, Sheppard made her name thanks to her shot-making ability and her athleticism on the perimeter. As her collegiate career came to an end last month, she owns the most points and games played in program history.
The guard was arguably coming off one of her better seasons at Virginia Tech as she broke her own single-season three-point record, which she now owns the top three marks, and moved to top of the ACC all-time three-pointers made at 402.
Her achievements are lengthy as she became the first Hokie to receive All-ACC honors on three separate occasions in addition to her making the All-ACC Tournament Team for the first time in 2022.
When Sheppard arrived at Blacksburg, the program was in the midst of a 11-year drought of making the NCAA Tournament. And during her final two years at the school, the Hokies made back-to-back appearances to March Madness for the first time since the program went four consecutive seasons from 2003 to 2006.
Now, she becomes the first Hokie to be selected in the WNBA Draft since Regan Magarity was selected in the third round of the 2019 Draft by the Connecticut Sun.
Sheppard will soon join one of the more successful franchises in the WNBA as the Aces finished first in western conference before being bounced in the second round.
She will play alongside 2020 WNBA MVP A’ja Wilson and the NCAA all-time leading scorer Kelsey Plum. Head Coach Becky Hammon will be in her first season at the role after spending the previous eight seasons as an assistant coach on the San Antonio Spurs.
The 2022 WNBA Season is slated to get underway on Friday, May 6 as the Aces travel out to Phoenix to face against the Mercury, who eliminated them from the playoffs in the fall.