As the first round in the 2017 WNBA Draft trickled along pick by pick, the same thought popped into Shayla Cooper’s mind.

“After every name being called, it’s like, ‘Am I next? Am I next?’” the former Ohio State forward said. “You’re holding your breath.”

The first pick of the second round, Cooper exhaled.

The Connecticut Sun selected Cooper, a 6-feet-2 forward from Norcross, Georgia, with the No. 13 overall pick.

Cooper was surrounded by her family and friends at home in Georgia when she learned her next destination.

“It was just filled with love. Everybody’s been supporting me since I was young playing basketball,” Cooper said. “For me to finally reach where I’ve been trying to get for so many years, it was just a lot of love in the air.”

Two picks after Cooper, Columbus native and former Syracuse guard Alexis Peterson heard her name called. The Northland High School alumna and Associated Press second-team All-America selection is headed to the Seattle Storm, who selected Peterson with the No. 15 overall pick.

“I’m feeling just joy and a sense of accomplishment,” said Peterson, a three-time all-state selection at Northland. “I know this is such a special opportunity and I’m just so blessed and so grateful that Seattle took the chance. I’m ready for this moment.”

Less than an hour after her selection, the excitement at her draft party was palpable. Peterson said she couldn’t count how many family and friends were still in the room.

Also excited at the selection was Seattle Storm President and General Manager Alisha Valavanis, who said she and the Storm were pleased Peterson was still available at pick No. 15.

“We went into the draft and we wanted to have the opportunity to get a point guard at 15 and a true point guard at that and that’s exactly what Alexis is,” Valavanis said. “Obviously her stats speak for themselves, but just around her leadership and who she is on the court and off the court, all of this plays into these decisions and we had heard wonderful things.”

Peterson averaged 23.4 points, seven assists and 3.5 rebounds during a senior season in which Syracuse reached the round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament. She averaged 16 points in 2016, when Syracuse reached the national title game as a No. 4 seed, and 16.2 points as a sophomore in 2015.

The Seattle Storm compiled a 16-18 record in 2016, reaching the first round of the WNBA Playoffs before falling to the Atlanta Dream.

“I know that this is something that I’ve worked so hard for and I’m really excited to take advantage of the opportunity,” Peterson said.

Cooper, who averaged 11.6 points and 7.5 rebounds in 90 games at Ohio State, said training camp with the Sun starts April 23, not that she’s looking to wait that long.

“I think I’ll be excited for the rest of the night, then probably wake up in the morning screaming, ‘Let’s go,’” Cooper said. “I’m just excited. I’m ready to go. I wish training camp was tomorrow.”