When is Caitlin Clark eligible for the WNBA draft?

Iowa Hawkeyes guard Caitlin Clark has to wait for the WNBA Draft. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
Iowa Hawkeyes guard Caitlin Clark has to wait for the WNBA Draft. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports) /

Caitlin Clark has been the star of the women’s NCAA tournament. When will she be up for the WNBA draft and could she be the No. 1 pick?

Women’s college basketball has been ascendent this year with a thoroughly entertaining March Madness showing breaking broadcast records.

A big part of that? The star turn of Iowa’s Cailtlin Clark, who took her team to the national title game with a string of all-time great performances.

Fans may be wondering when they will see Clark take her place in the WNBA. They’ll have to wait just a little longer.

When is Caitlin Clark eligible for WNBA draft?

Clark is a junior. She won’t be able to enter the WNBA draft until next year following her senior year.

That means another year of thrilling college basketball fans with her immense talent and penchant for producing the most incredible performances on the biggest stage.

Of course, when Clark is eligible to enter the draft, you can imagine the hype will be off the charts.

2024 WNBA Mock Draft: Will Caitlin Clark be the No. 1 pick?

Right now, it certainly feels that way. There isn’t a bigger name in women’s college basketball to consider after her outstanding NCAA Tournament run.

There’s time for things to change, of course. You simply never know how the tides will shift in sports. A lot of things can happen between now and the 2024 draft.

However, Clark has the skillset, talent and proven production to warrant the No. 1 overall spot. Something drastic and unexpected would have to veer her off that course.

Caitlin Clark stats at Iowa

This season, Clark averaged a career high 27.7 points and 8.6 assists. She also averaged 7.2 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 0.5 blocks while shooting 47.5 percent from the field and 38.7 percent from three-point distance.

As a sophomore in the 2021-22 season, she averaged 27 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and 1.5 steals.

Clark’s freshman season was also exceptional. She averaged 26.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, seven assists and 1.3 steals in 2020-21.

Next. WNBA mock draft for 2023. dark

Check out our WNBA hub page for more news, analysis, opinion and unique women’s basketball coverage. And don’t forget to follow FOR(E) on Twitter, FanSided’s home for women’s sports.