Two Days Until The WNBA Draft
WNBA Draft, Thursday April 14th at 7PM Eastern.
The WNBA Draft is just two days away. For the second year in a row the Seattle Storm have the number one pick and are practically guaranteed to select Breanna Stewart. Last year the Storm selected guard Jewell Loyd of Notre Dame with the number one pick. Selecting Stewart would unite rivals Loyd and Stewart, as both met in the NCAA Finals in both 2014 and 2015. This is only the second time in WNBA history that a team has had back to back number one draft picks. The first time also belongs to the Storm when they selected Lauren Jackson and then Sue Bird back in 2002. That duo took the Storm from the bottom of the league to league champs in three seasons.
WNBA first round draft board:
- Seattle Storm
- San Antonio Stars
- Connecticut Sun
- Connecticut Sun
- Dallas Wings
- Los Angeles Spark
- Washington Mystics
- Phoenix Mercury
- Indiana Fever
- Chicago Sky
- Atlanta Dream
- New York Liberty
Draft notes: When UConn’s Morgan Tuck announced she was entering the draft she created the possibility of one school, UConn, having players go 1, 2, and 3 in the draft. UConn’s Moriah Jefferson and Morgan Tuck are sure to join Stewart in the first round.
The Los Angeles Sparks are in need of a guard after losing Riquna Williams to a ruptured achilles tendon.
The Connecticut Sun has the 3rd and 4th pick in the draft. Will they keep UConn stars Tuck and Jefferson in Connecticut?
WNBA.com is running a countdown and highlighting every number one pick of the last 19 years of the draft. In 2015 Jewell Loyd went number one overall to the Seattle Storm. Loyd had lead the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to their second straight NCAA Championship game and was runner up to Breanna Stewart for AP Player of the Year. Loyd entered the draft early, foregoing her senior year and last year of eligibility. Loyd went on to have a great rookie year and to win WNBA Rookie of The Year. For a recap of every number one pick since the league’s start click here.
First round of the WNBA draft can be watched on ESPN 2 Thursday night at 7PM. The second and third rounds will be broadcast on ESPNU.