Jewell Loyd declares for WNBA draft, upsetting prospective pick list

Jewell Loyd is headed to the WNBA:

Notre Dame’s junior guard declared herself eligible for the WNBA draft on Wednesday, a night after the Irish lost in the national championship game to UConn 63-53.

Loyd could be the top pick by Seattle in the April 16 draft and had until Wednesday night to declare. She has up until five days before the draft to return to Notre Dame if she changes her mind.

Loyd has been a decorated player during her time with the Irish. It was a stunning conclusion to her college career.

Just a few days ago, Minnesota’s Amanda Zahui B. declared her intent to enter the draft early. Loyd’s decision was a shocker, and has thrown mock draft boards into disarray. Zahui B. was thought to be a number one pick by some fans; now it is thought to be Loyd.

WNBA draft order:

First Round

1) Seattle (12-22)
2) Tulsa (12-22)
3) Seattle from Connecticut (13-21) (Little, Stricklen, Montgomery, 1/28/15)
4) Connecticut from New York (15-19) (Charles, Thomas, Bone, 4/14/14)
5) Chicago (15-19)
6) Indiana (16-18)
7) Los Angeles (16-18)
8) Washington (16-18)
9) San Antonio (16-18)
10) Atlanta (19-15)
11) Minnesota (25-9)
12) Phoenix (29-5)

Second Round

1) Tulsa (12-22)
2) Los Angeles from Seattle (12-22) (O’Hea, 4/1/14)
3) Washington from Connecticut (13-21) via Seattle (Little, Stricklen, Montgomery, 1/28/15) (Hollingsworth, 2/22/15)
4) New York (15-19)
5) Chicago (15-19)
6) Phoenix from Indiana (16-18) (Lucas, 5/12/14)
7) Connecticut from Los Angeles (16-18) (Gruda, 3/28/14)
8) Seattle from Washington (16-18) (Hollingsworth, 2/22/15)
9) San Antonio (16-18)
10) Chicago from Atlanta (19-15) (Cash, Clements, 5/7/14)
11) Minnesota (25-9)
12) Phoenix (29-5)

Third Round

1) Tulsa (12-22)
2) Seattle (12-22)
3) New York from Connecticut (13-21) (Charles, Thomas, Bone, 4/14/14)
4) Minnesota from New York (15-19) (Rodgers, 4/16/14)
5) Atlanta from Chicago (15-19) (Cash, Clements 5/17/14)
6) Indiana (16-18)
7) Los Angeles (16-18)
8) Washington (16-18)
9) San Antonio (16-18)
10) Atlanta (19-15)
11) New York from Minnesota (25-9) (Rodgers, 4/16/14)
12) Phoenix (29-5)

Here is a popular mock draft board before the Loyd news.

What will happen next week?

Storm coach Jenny Boucek will chat live tomorrow.

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