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Holt selected by Sun

Amber Holt didn't take the easiest path.

The Meadowcreek grad went through three schools, playing basketball at two of them. She didn't get the praise of Tennessee's Candace Parker, the hype of UConn freshmen and Collins Hill grad Maya Moore or the accolades of Georgia's Tasha Humphrey from Gainesville.

Now, here come the Sun.

The Connecticut WNBA team selected Holt with its first pick and No. 9 overall in the WNBA Draft on Wednesday.

The top 10 selection is the highest ever for an Middle Tennessee State University player and only two Sun Belt players have been drafted higher.

Holt joins former Gwinnett County players Sherril Baker (GAC), Christi Thomas (Buford) and Nakia Sanford (South Gwinnett) in the WNBA.

Holt was selected before Gainesville's Humphrey, who went to Detroit with the 11th pick. The expansion Atlanta Dream franchise passed over local products Holt and Humphrey, taking James Madison's Tamera Young with the eighth pick.

UConn guard Ketia Swanier joins Holt in Connecticut.

Two-time national champion Parker was the No. 1 overall pick of the Los Angeles Sparks and her four teammates in the Vols starting lineup all were selected in the two-round draft.

After graduating from Meadowcreek, Holt spent a semester at Western Kentucky before returning home. She then played two years at Southeastern Illinois College, where 20.25 points a game over two seasons at the junior college.

From there, she transferred to the Sun Belt Conference's MTSU. There she only got better. In her first year she only averaged 16.7 points a game, but it was still good enough for first team all conference honors.

In her final college season, she led the nation in scoring, averaging 27.4 points a game. Parker was eighth with 21.3 points a game and Moore didn't crack the top 40. She had a career-high 41 in an upset of No. 8 LSU in December.