WNBA mock draft 2019: Sabrina Ionescu’s return to Oregon shuffles high decide

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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.

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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.

First spherical

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

Second spherical

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

Third spherical

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

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