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On April 10th, 2023, the WNBA held its 26th annual Draft.
by Drew Caraway
On April 10th, 2023, the WNBA held its 26th annual Draft. For those who don't know, the Draft in sports is where teams pick rookies from their respective colleges. The rookies are announced one by one until the last pick.
The WNBA has 12 total teams, unlike the NBA who has 30 total teams. The WNBA originated in 1996, which is most likely why there aren’t as many teams. The WNBA Draft has three rounds. Teams can make trades during the process and try to get more draft picks, get better players, or get rid of contracts for more salary cap space.
Usually the team with the worst record in the previous season gets the first pick in the first round of the draft, unless they have traded it with another team for some reason.
#1: Indiana Fever (5-31)
#2: Minnesota Lynx (14-22)
#3: Dallas Wings (via ATL, 18-18)
#4: Washington Mystics (22-14)
#5: Dallas Wings (via PHX, 18-18)
#6: Atlanta Dream (via CON, 14-22
#7: Indiana Fever (5-31)
#8: Atlanta Dream (14-22)
#9: Seattle Storm (22-14)
#10: Los Angeles Sparks (via CON, 13-23)
#11: Dallas Wings (18-18)
#12: Minnesota Lynx
#1: Aliyah Boston, Power Forward, South Carolina
#2: Diamond Miller, Shooting Guard, Maryland
#3: Maddy Siegrist, Power Forward, Villanova
#4: Stephanie Soares, Center, Iowa State
#5: Lou Lopez Senechal, Shooting Guard, Connecticut
#6: Haley Jones, Shooting Guard, Stanford
#7: Grace Berger, Point Guard, Indiana
#8: Laeticia Amihere, Power Forward, South Carolina
#9: Jordan Horston, Shooting Guard, Tennessee
#10: Zia Cooke, Shooting Guard, South Carolina
#11: Abby Meyers, Shooting Guard, Maryland
#12: Maia Hirsch, Center, France
South Carolina Dominance
In the first round of the WNBA Draft, South Carolina DOMINATED, having three of the 12 first round selections from South Carolina. Not only did they have three this year, but they also have the fourth most first round picks in WNBA history by one institution, at 12 first round picks. They are also tied for second all time with the most first overall picks, at two a-piece, with Aliyah Boston being their newest introduction into this honor.
The First Overall Pick this year was Aliyah Boston, the Superstar out of the University of South Carolina. Boston has been one of, if not, the best players in NCAAW. She has won All-SEC honors all four years of college, All-SEC Defensive team all four years of college, 2x Naismith Defensive Player of the Year award winner, AP Women’s College Basketball Player of the Year, 3x Unanimous First-Team All-American in 2021, 2022, and 2023, 2x SEC Player of the Year, and so much more, including a National Championship in 2022. In high school, Boston earned McDonald's All-American Honors, the All-American team for high school athletes, and one of the highest prestige in sports. Boston averaged 14.1 points, 10.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 2.4 blocks per game in her time at South Carolina.
The WNBA doesn’t get as much attention as other sports, but is on the upside of things. The WNBA commissioner, Cathy Engelbert, is looking to add at least one more expansion team by the end of 2025 (via Just Womens Sports). The WNBA Regular Season starts Friday May 19th and lasts until Sunday September 10th. So when the NBA is over, there is plenty more basketball for fans to watch.
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