Tagged WNBA Draft

Can Bella Alarie Make an Impact from Day One?

The first four picks of the 2020 WNBA Draft went off with no surprises: Sabrina Ionescu, Satou Sabally, Lauren Cox, Chennedy Carter. But all mock drafts diverged from that point on. This had to do, in part, with the Dallas Wings’ large share of first-round picks. Going into the draft, Dallas held selections 2, 5,…

Share

Breaking Down Another Big Week of WNBA Free Agency

While not quite matching the record-setting pace of the first wave, WNBA Free Agency’s second week hasn’t lacked excitement. That said, a few teams have been conspicuously quiet in comparison to the rest. The Indiana Fever, Minnesota Lynx and New York Liberty have largely sat out the proceedings while everyone else has loaded up or…

Share

The Unequal Path Women Take from College to the WNBA

A 20-year old sophomore at Texas Tech, Jarrett Culver played his last college basketball game on April 8th when his Red Raiders were defeated by the University of Virginia in the NCAA men’s basketball championship game. On May 16th, Culver will be in Chicago to attend the 2019 NBA Draft Combine—a televised event on ESPN2. If…

Share

Biggest Winners From 2019 WNBA Draft

Jackie Young didn’t have to wait long to hear her name called Wednesday night at the 2019 WNBA Draft in New York after foregoing her final season of eligibility. The Notre Dame alum was selected by the Las Vegas Aces with the No. 1 overall pick, though they weren’t the only clear winners on the…

Share

WNBA Draft Lessons We Learned from NCAA Tournament

Which 2019 WNBA Draft prospects grabbed the attention of executives and coaches during the NCAA Tournament? We never have to wait long with the draft being held just three days after the national championship game. Prospects are less likely to sneak up on those that follow the women’s game closely because so many of them…

Share

The Trade That Remade Chicago Sky and Atlanta Dream

Trades involving star-level talent don’t happen often in the WNBA. But you don’t have to look back very far to find one, either. Negotiations between the WNBA Players Association and the league on a new collective bargaining agreement will go a long way in shaping the next decade. And one 2017 trade will go a…

Share

2019 WNBA Draft: Dream NCAAW Tournament Matchups

Rivalries can elevate a program, a conference, a player’s profile and an entire sport to new heights. Sadly, some of the top players in women’s college basketball have not had opportunities to square off with some of the top opponents at their position. Seeing top prospects pitted against one another consistently draws more of the…

Share

2019 WNBA Draft: Sleepers from the Power 5

Women’s college basketball viewers share a general familiarity with many of the top 2019 WNBA Draft prospects. We’ve seen them  in nationally televised games across the past few seasons. And though all levels of the sport deserve more media coverage, the top programs are easier to follow and analyze thanks to the quality coverage that…

Share

2019 WNBA Draft Prospects Playing Better Than Ever

The NCAA tournament and its close of the women’s college basketball season takes us right up to the 2019 WNBA Draft and the start of the WNBA season in May. Many of 2019’s top prospects are functioning in very similar roles to what we’ve seen throughout their college careers. Yet, some may manage to change…

Share

2019 WNBA Draft: Where Does Stanford’s Alanna Smith Fit?

Alanna Smith has made the most of her opportunity. Seizing a larger role, the 6-foot-4 senior forward has raised both the Stanford Cardinal ceiling and her own profile as a 2019 WNBA Draft prospect. Smith’s usage rate is up from 26.4 to 31.5 through 24 games in 2018-19 per Her Hoop Stats. Her efficiency has…

Share