Elena Delle Donne might as well be an Amazon warrior. She’s tall, she’s athletic, and most of all, she’s beautiful. Gifted with both physical and athletic genes, Delle Donne is one of the most recognizable, and marketable, female athletes on the planet.
Delle Donne gained national recognition as a high school basketball star at Ursuline Academy in Wilmington, Delaware, where she led them to three straight Delaware State Championship titles. Coming out of high school, she was ranked as the number-one overall high school recruit. But she didn’t stop there. She received, and accepted, a scholarship offer from the University Of Connecticut. However, after only two days on campus, she would drop of of UCONN. She would eventually enroll at the University of Delaware, where she would rewrite the records books.
Following her college career, Delle Donne was selected second overall in the 2013 WNBA Draft by the Chicago Sky, a team that went 14–20 in the 2012 season. Donne scored 22 points in her debut against fellow rookie Brittney Griner and the Phoenix Mercury. She led all players in votes for the 2013 WNBA All-Star Game, the first time a rookie has done so in league history. While I’m sure it had a lot to do with how amazing she is at basketball, I’m willing to bet a little bit of her popularity has to do with her looks.