Deep WNBA draft disperses talent throughout the league

WNBA draft invitees gather before the picks are made. Photo courtesy of the WNBA.
WNBA draft invitees gather before the picks are made. Photo courtesy of the WNBA.











In one of the most talent-laden WNBA drafts in its 23-year history, just about every one of the league’s 12 teams came out winners.

The Las Vegas Aces chose Notre Dame guard Jackie Young with their first pick, making her one of five Irish players to be chosen in a draft for the first tine in WNBA history. Louisville’s Asia Durr was the second pick, by the New York Liberty, and the Indiana Fever grabbed Mississippi State center Teaira McCowan with pick No. 3.

Training camp will begin April 28, and the regular season tips off May 24.

First Round
Pick Team Player School/Country Position
1 Las Vegas Aces Jackie Young Notre Dame G
2 New York Liberty Asia Durr Louisville G
3 Indiana Fever Teaira McCowan Mississippi State C
4 Chicago Sky Katie Lou Samuelson Connecticut G/F
5 Dallas Wings Arike Ogunbowale Notre Dame G
6 Minnesota Lynx Napheesa Collier Connecticut F
7 Los Angeles Sparks Kalani Brown Baylor C
8 Phoenix Mercury Alanna Smith Stanford F
9 Connecticut Sun Kristine Anigwe California C/F
10 Washington Mystics Kiara Leslie North Carolina State G
11* Atlanta Dream Brianna Turner Notre Dame C
12 Seattle Storm Ezi Magbegor Australia C
Second Round
Pick Team Player School/Country Position
13 Phoenix Mercury Sophie Cunningham Missouri G
14 New York Liberty Han Xu China C
15 Chicago Sky Chloe Jackson Baylor G
16 Minnesota Lynx Jessica Shepard Notre Dame F
17 Dallas Wings Megan Gustafson Iowa F
18** Minnesota Lynx Natisha Hiedeman Marquette G
19 Los Angeles Sparks Marina Mabrey Notre Dame G
20 Minnesota Lynx Cierra Dillard Buffalo G
21 Connecticut Sun Bridget Carleton Iowa State G
22 Dallas Wings Kennedy Burke UCLA G
23 Atlanta Dream Maite Cazorla Oregon G
24 Seattle Storm Anriel Howard Mississippi State F
Third Round
Pick Team Player School/Country Position
25 Indiana Fever Paris Kea North Carolina G
26 New York Liberty Megan Huff Utah F
27 Chicago Sky María Conde Spain F
28 Indiana Fever Caliya Robinson Georgia F
29 Dallas Wings Morgan Bertsch UC Davis F
30 Minnesota Lynx Kenisha Bell Minnesota G
31 Los Angeles Sparks Ángela Salvadores Spain G
32 Phoenix Mercury Arica Carter Louisville G
33 Connecticut Sun Regan Magarity Virginia Tech F
34 Washington Mystics Sam Fuehring Louisville F
35 Atlanta Dream Li Yueru China C
36 Seattle Storm Macy Miller South Dakota State G

*Atlanta traded Brianna Turner to Phoenix for Marie Gülich

** Minnesota traded Natisha Hiedeman to Connecticut for Lexie Brown

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