Pagan selected first overall, Vargas-Reyes picked third in the top professional women’s basketball league in Puerto Rico
Stony Brook women’s basketball alumnae forwards India Pagan ’22 and Nairimar Vargas-Reyes ’23 were selected in the top three picks in the Baloncesto Superior Nacional Femenino 2023 Draft earlier this month, held at the Telemundo of Puerto Rico studios.
Pagan was selected with the first overall pick by the Patriotas de Lares and Vargas-Reyes was chosen third overall by the Cangrejeras de Santurce.
“I’m so proud of both India and Nairi! It’s extremely difficult to get drafted, but to go and be the No. 1 and No. 3 overall picks in a professional league draft is impressive. I’m really happy that India will continue her professional career in Puerto Rico. Nairi always talked about playing professionally in Puerto Rico, so I’m glad her dream is becoming a reality,” said Stony Brook head coach Ashley Langford.
The native of New London, Conn., Pagan led the Seawolves to back-to-back America East Championships in 2020 and 2021. Also, she became the first player in program history to compete in the Olympic Games after representing Puerto Rico in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. In 2017, she represented her country at the FIBA 19U and in 2022 at the FIBA World Cup in Australia.
The three-time All-Conference Team selection and 2022 All-Met Second Team member ended her career second in field goal percentage, fifth in field goals made, and eighth on the all-time scoring and rebounding lists. She concluded her final season on Long Island by averaging 12.3 points per game over 26 starts and ranked 13th in the NCAA ranks for field goal percentage.
Vargas-Reyes, who appeared in 50 games over her three years on the Island, joins the Cangrejeras de Santurce after averaging 10.5 points and 8.3 rebounds in her 25.4 minutes per game during the 2022-23 season for the Seawolves. The native of Camuy, Puerto Rico, also represented Pureto Rico at the 2022 FIBA World Cup in Australia and the 2017 FIBA U19 with Pagan. Also, she was selected to participate with the 2022 Puerto Rico 3×3 Women’s National Basketball Team.
The forward averaged 5.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game during her 50 games for Stony Brook. She was a member of the 2020-21 conference championship team.
The Baloncesto Superior Nacional Femenino (BSNF) was founded in 1974 and is the top professional women’s basketball league in Puerto Rico. The league currently features eight different teams.
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