South Carolina Gs Davis, Gray declare for WNBA Draft

(TSX / STATS) -- Two starters who helped South Carolina win its first women's national title have declared for the WNBA draft, Gamecocks coach Dawn Staley confirmed on Tuesday.

Junior guards Kaela Davis and Allisha Gray elected to bypass their final seasons of eligibility in favor of professional careers. Saturday is the deadline to withdraw from the draft.

"They are going. They have entered the WNBA Draft," Staley told reporters. "They both have aspirations to play pro. We're happy that we gave them a platform to raise their stock in the draft. They felt like this is probably the best time for them to go."

Gray, who averaged 13.2 points and 5.0 rebounds, confirmed her decision on Twitter. Davis averaged 12.7 points and 3.9 rebounds.

Both players are 22 years old, which meets the WNBA criteria that an early entrant must turn 22 in the calendar year of the draft they enter.

South Carolina defeated Mississippi State 67-55 on Sunday to clam the national crown. SEC Player of the Year A'ja Wilson (17.9 average) will return as the team's headliner.

Updated April 4, 2017