WNBA Draft 2024: Caitlin Clark becomes No. 1 at Indiana Fever; Angel Reese joins Kamilla Cardoso on Chicago Sky – Yahoo Sports

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WNBA Draft 2024: Caitlin Clark becomes No. 1 at Indiana Fever;  Angel Reese joins Kamilla Cardoso on Chicago Sky – Yahoo Sports

After a historic NCAA Tournament, women’s college basketball’s best and brightest took the next step Monday night at the WNBA Draft in New York.

Caitlin Clark started the night by becoming the No. 1 overall pick in the Indiana Fever after helping Iowa win the national championship game in back-to-back seasons.

Clark finished his college career averaging 31.6 points and 8.9 assists per game, both wins in the country.

Stanford’s Cameron Brink was next, going to the Los Angeles Sparks, and South Carolina’s Kamilla Cardoso went No. 3 to the Chicago Sky.

After an illustrious college career at LSU, Angel Reese was selected by the Sky with the seventh pick, joining Cardoso in the frontcourt rotation.

It was an incredible night for the WNBA, with commissioner Cathy Engelbert saying she’s “pretty confident” the league will expand to 16 teams by the 2028 season.

Engelbert said Philadelphia, Toronto, Denver, Nashville and South Florida are potential landing spots for expansion teams.

WNBA draft order

First round

1. Indiana fever: Caitlin Clark, P.G., Iowa

2. Los Angeles Sparks: Cameron Brink, PF, Stanford

3. Chicago Sky: Kamilla Cardosa, C, South Carolina

4. Los Angeles Sparks: Rickea Jackson, SF, TN

5. Dallas Wings: Jacy Sheldon, SG, Ohio State

6. Washington Mystics: Aaliyah Edwards, UConn

7. Chicago Sky: Angel Reese, F, LSU

8. Minnesota Lynx: Alissa Pili, F, Utah

9. Dallas Wings: Carla Leite, SG, France

10. Connecticut Sunshine: Leïla Lacan, PG, France

11. Liberty of New York: Marquesha Davis, SF, Ole Miss

12. Dream of Atlanta: Nyadiew Puoch, PF, Australia

Second turn

13. Chicago Sky: Brynna Maxwell, G, Gonzaga

14. Seattle Storm: Nika Mühl, PG, UConn

15. Indiana Fever: Celeste Taylor, PG, Ohio State

16. The Aces of Las Vegas: Dyaisha Fiar, G, Syracuse

17. Liberty of New York: Esmery Martinez, PF, Arizona

18. The Aces of Las Vegas: Kate Martin, SG, Iowa

19. Connecticut Sunshine: Taiyanna Jackson, C, Kansas

20. Dream of Atlanta: Isobel Borlase, PG, Australia

21. Washington Mystics: Kaylynne Truong, PG, Gonzaga

22. Connecticut Sun: Helena Pueyo, PG, Arizona

23. Liberty of New York: Jessika Carter, C, Mississippi State

24. The Aces of Las Vegas: Elizabeth Kitley, C, Virginia Tech

Third round

25. Phoenix Mercury: Charisma Osborne, PG, UCLA

26. Seattle Storm: Mackenzie Holmes, PF, Indiana

27. Indiana Fever: Leilani Correa, PG, Florida

28. Los Angeles Sparks: McKenzie Forbes, SF, USC

29. Phoenix Mercury: Jaz Shelley, SG, Nebraska

30. Washington Mystics: Nastja Claessens, SG, Belgium

31. Minnesota Lynx: Kiki Jefferson, SG, Louisville

32. Dream of Atlanta: Villa Matilde, SG, Italy

33. Dallas Wings: Ashley Owusu, SG, Penn State

34. Connecticut Sun: Abbey Hsu, SG, Colombia

35. Liberty of New York: Kaitlyn Davis, PF, USC

36. The Aces of Las Vegas: Angel Jackson, C, Jackson State

Live52 updates

  • Another sweet moment seeing the Aces recruit Kate Martin out of the crowd. Martin attended the draft with Iowa teammate Gabbie Marshall to support Clark. She played for five seasons after redshirting as a freshman and is nicknamed “the glue” to do whatever the Hawkeyes needed. Martin’s family isn’t in attendance, but after speaking with ESPN’s Holly Rowe, she received big hugs from Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder, Anne Nizzi-Clark, Brent Clark and Caitlin’s brothers, Colin and Blake. Former Iowa Naismith winner Megan Gustafson is also in Las Vegas. The two missed each other by a year at Iowa.

  • Dyaisha Fair seems like a suitable choice for Las Vegas. Aces head coach Becky Hammon knows what it’s like to be an undersized, overlooked point guard with the drive to be great. This could be a great learning opportunity for Fair to play behind Chelsea Gray (who often plays a coaching role in practice) and learn from Hammon. She is third on the NCAA DI all-time scoring list.

  • Nika Mühl showed up in this Final Four defensive performance against Caitlin Clark. If she remains on Seattle’s roster, she will learn behind veteran point guard Skylar Diggins-Smith. Very special moment for her, and clearly for her UConn teammates Paige Bueckers and Azzi Fudd watching from the gallery.

  • Angel Reese brings it all back to high school as she describes her first encounter against Kamilla Cardoso, her new teammate. She said she was excited to see the Chicago duo against the Los Angeles duo of Cameron Brink and Rickea Jackson.

  • An important point about the consecutive international selections of Dallas and Connecticut. Teams often recruit and stash these players to put them on the roster later in the season. They could do so due to a lack of roster space this year or knowing a player isn’t yet ready to join the WNBA as long as they remain on their Olympic or national teams.

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