The WNBA Draft started as expected with Oregon guard Sabrina Ionescu going No. 1 overall to the New York Liberty. The rest of the draft was just as exciting.
As expected, Oregon guard Sabrina Ionescu was selected by the New York Liberty with the top pick in the WNBA Draft. Ionescu put up 17.5 points, 9.1 assists, 8.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game in her interrupted senior season, shooting 39.2 percent on 3-pointers and 59 percent inside the arc. She has franchise-making potential and probably would have been the first pick in last year’s draft had she not decided to return to Oregon.
In a call with media after being selected, Ionescu expressed her excitement about what the Liberty are building:
They have great guards there. Their ability to shoot and spread the floor out, but also run in
transition. Walt (Liberty Head Coach Walt Hopkins) runs a great offense, and the pick-and-roll is
something that I’m familiar with. Being able to enter an offense where it’s really similar to what I’ve been playing with the last four years is exciting. I’m excited to continue to grow my game in that aspect.
The Dallas Wings took Ionescu’s teammate, forward Satou Sabally at No. 2. Sabally has size, mobility and excellent shooting touch. Her star potential will make an excellent complement to the Wings star guard, Arike Ogunbowale, but Dallas wasn’t done yet. They added versatile forward Bella Alarie with the No. 5 pick and point guard Tyasha Harris at No. 7.
The full results of all three rounds of the draft can be found below.
WNBA Draft results
1. New York Liberty — Sabrina Ionescu, G, Oregon
2. Dallas Wings — Satou Saballay, F, Oregon
3. Indiana Fever — Lauren Cox, F, Baylor
4. Atlanta Dream — Chennedy Carter, G, Texas A&M
5. Dallas Wings — Bella Alarie, F, Princeton
6. Minnesota Lynx — Mikiah Herbert Harrigan, F, South Carolina
7. Dallas Wings — Tyasha Harris, G, South Carolina
8. Chicago Sky — Ruthy Hebard, F, Oregon
9. New York Liberty — Megan Walker, F, Connecticut
10. New York Liberty (via Mercury) — Jocelyn Willoughby, F, Virginia
11. Seattle Storm — Kitija Laksa, G, Latvia
12. New York Liberty — Jazmine Jones, G, Louisville
13. New York Liberty — Kylee Shook, F, Louisville
14. Indiana Fever — Kathleen Doyle, G, Iowa
15. New York Liberty — Leaonna Odom, F, Duke
16. Minnesota Lynx — Crystal Dangerfield, G, Connecticut
17. Atlanta Dream — Brittany Brewer, F, Texas Tech
18. Phoenix Mercury — Te’a Cooper, G, Baylor
19. Seattle Storm — Joyner Holmes, F, Texas
20. Los Angeles Sparks — Beatrice Mompremier, F, Miami
21. Dallas Wings — Luisa Geiselsöder, C, Germany
22. Los Angeles Sparks — Leonie Fiebech, G, Germany
23. Connecticut Sun — Kaila Charles, F, Maryland
24. Washington Mystics — Jaylyn Agnew, F, Creighton
25. Atlanta Dream — Mikayla Pivec, G, Oregon State
26. Minnesota Lynx (via Liberty) — Erica Ogwumike, G, Rice
27. Atlanta Dream — Kobi Thornton, F, Clemson
28. Indiana Fever — Kamiah Smalls, G, James Madison
29. Phoenix Mercury — Stella Johnson, G, Rider
30. Chicago Sky — Japreece Dean, G, UCLA
31. Seattle Storm — Haley Gorecki, G, Duke
32. Chicago Sky — Kiah Gillespie, F, Florida State
33. Las Vegas Aces — Lauren Manis, F, Holy Cross
34. Los Angeles Sparks — Tynice Martin, G, West Virginia
35. Connecticut Sun — Juicy Landrum, G, Baylor
36. Washington Mystics — Sug Sutton, G, Texas
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