CloseMechelle Voepel covers the WNBA, girls’s school basketball, and different school sports activities for espnW. Voepel started masking girls’s basketball in 1984, and has been with ESPN since 1996.
Sabrina Ionescu returning to Oregon for her senior season modifications what many thought would possibly occur on Wednesday within the WNBA draft: The Oregon junior was anticipated to go No. 1.
So we’ve got a brand new high decide, however there are issues to remember. Would possibly Las Vegas coach/normal supervisor Invoice Laimbeer commerce the highest choice? Do not be stunned if he does.
Additionally, may a Liz Cambage commerce nonetheless occur earlier than the draft to have an effect on the choices? It is a risk.
Oregon star guard Sabrina Ionescu is returning for her senior season, writing in a bylined story on The Gamers’ Tribune that the Geese have “unfinished enterprise” after dropping within the Remaining 4 on Friday.
The WNBA draft might be held April 10 at Nike New York Headquarters in Manhattan, the league introduced Tuesday.
And we nonetheless have draft-eligible junior Jackie Younger of Notre Dame on the board, now as a lottery decide. She’s enjoying within the nationwide championship recreation on Sunday (ESPN/ESPN App, 6 p.m. ET), after which she’ll have 24 hours to decide about whether or not she is going to return to the Irish.
There’s nonetheless plenty of intrigue for the 2019 draft, however one factor is for positive: Ionescu will not be in it.
1. Las Vegas: Asia Durr, Louisville, 5-10 guard
2. New York: Jackie Younger*, Notre Dame, 6-Zero guard
Three. Indiana: Teaira McCowan, Mississippi State, 6-7 heart
Four. Chicago: Kristine Anigwe, Cal, 6-Four ahead
5. Dallas: Napheesa Collier, UConn, 6-2 ahead
6. Minnesota: Arike Ogunbowale, Notre Dame, 5-Eight guard
7. Los Angeles: Katie Lou Samuelson, UConn, 6-Three guard
Eight. Phoenix: Alanna Smith, Stanford, 6-Four ahead
9. Connecticut: Jessica Shepard, Notre Dame, 6-Four ahead
10. Washington: Sophie Cunningham, Missouri, 6-1 guard
11. Atlanta: Kalani Brown, Baylor, 6-7 heart
12. Seattle: Megan Gustafson, Iowa, 6-Three heart
13. Phoenix: Ezi Magbegor, Australia, 6-Four ahead
14. New York: Brianna Turner, Notre Dame, 6-Three ahead
15. Chicago: Paris Kea, North Carolina, 5-9 guard
16. Minnesota: Caliya Robinson, Georgia, 6-Three ahead
17. Dallas: Han Xu, China, 6-9 heart
18. Minnesota: Kiara Leslie, N.C. State, 6-Zero guard
19. Los Angeles: Kennedy Burke, UCLA, 6-1 guard
20. Minnesota: Naomi Davenport, West Virginia, 6-Zero guard/ahead
21. Connecticut: Natisha Hiedeman, Marquette, 5-Eight guard
22. Dallas: Anriel Howard, Mississippi State, 5-11 ahead
23. Atlanta: Cierra Dillard, Buffalo, 5-9 guard
24. Seattle: Bridget Carleton, Iowa State, 6-1 guard
25. Indiana: Kianna Ibis, Arizona State, 6-1 ahead
26. New York: Kenisha Bell, Minnesota, 5-9 guard
27. Chicago: Marina Mabrey, Notre Dame, 5-11 guard
28. Indiana: Allazia Blockton, Marquette, 6-Zero guard
29. Dallas: Maite Cazorla, Oregon, 5-10 guard
30. Minnesota: Sam Fuehring, Louisville, 6-Three ahead
31. Los Angeles: Li Yueru, China, 6-7 heart
32. Phoenix: Megan Huff, Utah, 6-Three ahead
33. Connecticut: Taylor Emery, Virginia Tech, 5-10 guard
34. Washington: Alexis Jennings, South Carolina, 6-Three ahead
35. Atlanta: Chloe Jackson, Baylor, 5-Eight guard
36. Seattle: Teniya Web page, Penn State, 5-7 guard
Earlier mock drafts: April 2 | March 13 | Jan. 30