2022 WNBA Draft results: Every pick from Rounds 1, 2 and 3

Kentucky Wildcats Guard Rhyne Howard. (Andrew Wevers-USA TODAY Sports)
Kentucky Wildcats Guard Rhyne Howard. (Andrew Wevers-USA TODAY Sports) /

The 2022 WNBA Draft commenced on Monday night with three rounds of selections to welcome the next stars of pro women’s basketball.

WNBA fans, it’s time to get excited for a new way of talent ready to take the next step in their basketball journey.

Monday night’s WNBA Draft made it all very real for 36 women from around the country and the world who will look to make their mark in the pros.

Here’s a look at each pick from each round…

2022 WNBA Draft results: Every pick from Rounds 1, 2 and 3

Round 1

  1. Atlanta: SG Rhyne Howard (Kentucky)
  2. Indiana: PF NaLyssa Smith (Baylor)
  3. Washington: C Shakira Austin (Ole Miss)
  4. Indiana: PF Emily Engstler (Louisville)
  5. New York: C Nyara Sabally (Oregon)
  6. Indiana: SG Lexie Hull (Stanford)
  7. Dallas: PG Veronica Burton (Northwestern)
  8. Las Vegas: SF Mya Hollingshed (Colorado)
  9. Los Angeles: SF Rae Burrell (Tennessee)
  10. Indiana: C Queen Egbo (Baylor)
  11. Las Vegas: SG Kierstan Bell (FGCU)
  12. Connecticut: SG Nia Clouden (Michigan St.)

The Dream wanted Howard badly enough to trade up with Washington to go get her. From there, the first round belonged to the Fever, who picked up talents like scoring forward NaLyssa Smith, defensive tone-setter Emily Engstler, dynamic wing Lexie Hill and rebounding phenom Queen Egbo to transform their lineup.

Round 2

  1. Las Vegas: PG Khayla Pointer (LSU)
  2. Washington: SG Christyn Williams (UConn)
  3. Atlanta: PF Naz Hillmon (Michigan)
  4. Los Angeles: SG Kianna Smith (Louisville)
  5. Seattle: C Elissa Cunane (NC State)
  6. Seattle: PF Lorela Cubaj (Georgia Tech)
  7. Los Angeles: PF Olivia Nelson-Ododa (UConn)
  8. Indiana: PG Destanni Henderson (South Carolina)
  9. Seattle: PG Evina Westbrook (UConn)
  10. Minnesota: PF Kayla Jones (NC State)
  11. Las Vegas: SG Aisha Sheppard (Virginia Tech)
  12. Connecticut: PG Jordan Lewis (Baylor)

The second round took the focus west as Las Vegas picked up Khalya Pointer, the niece of team president Nikki Fargas, and Aisha Sheppard, a sharp shooter from Virginia Tech.

Los Angeles found depth with Kianna Smith out of Louisville and Olivia Nelson-Ododa from UConn.

Seattle didn’t have a first-round pick, so they loaded up with three in the second including Elissa Cunane, who has looked like a first-round talent.

Round 3

  1. Indiana: C Ameshya Williams-Holliday (Jackson St.)
  2. Phoenix: PF Maya Dodson (Notre Dame)
  3. Los Angeles: SF Amy Atwell (Hawaii)
  4. Minnesota: PF Hannah Sjerven (South Dakota)
  5. New York: PF Sika Kone (Mali)
  6. Dallas: SF Jasmine Dickey (Delaware)
  7. Dallas: PF Jazz Bond (North Florida)
  8. Phoenix: PF Macee Williams (IUPUI)
  9. Seattle: PG Jade Melbourne (Australia)
  10. Indiana: SG Ali Patberg (Indiana)
  11. Las Vegas: C Faustine Aifuwa (LSU)
  12. Connecticut: PG Kiara Smith (Florida)

The third round presented opportunities for a bunch of WNBA hopefuls, including NCAA Tournament star Hannah Sjerven and Notre Dame’s Maya Dodson.

International stars Sika Kone and Jade Mebourne will also get their chance in New York and Seattle respectively.

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