The WNBA on Friday selected Alyssa Altobelli, Gianna Bryant and Payton Chester as honorary picks for the 2020 WNBA draft. The three teenagers were among the nine people killed in a helicopter crash in January that killed NBA legend Kobe Bryant.
WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert announced the honorary selections in a video announcement during the draft, which was held virtually on Friday.
Altobelli, Gianna Bryant and Chester were all teammates with Kobe Bryant’s Mamba Sports Academy.
“These athletes represented the future of the WNBA,” Engelbert said in the video. “Players who were following their passions, acquiring knowledge of the game, exhibiting skills that were way beyond their years. They represented the next generation of stars in our league, maybe what might have been called the Mambacita generation.”