To get ready for tonight’s WNBA Draft, we’ve gone over each of the prospects on the board, and selected who we think will be selected in the first two rounds tonight. Also check out our mock draft for a bit more detail about how specific players might fit, and remember there’s been a huge trade as Tina Charles is on her way to Washington to put together what might be the best offense in the history of women’s basketball.
The 2020 WNBA Draft Class
Sabrina Ionescu, G, Oregon
She’s going No. 1 to New York, and has a chance to be a major sports star in this country. Probably the most complete player entering the WNBA since Diana Taurasi. A triple-double machine that will sell a lot Nikes. Floor is perennial All-Star, ceiling is GOAT. No pressure, kid.
Satou Sabally, F, Oregon
How’d you like to be the second-best player in the draft, and not even the best player on your own college team? Sabally is versatile, has tons of upside both offensively and defensively. She left college a year early, and her selection in what is for sure the Top 3 means that was the right decision. Averaged 16 and 7 with Ionescu deservedly eating up a ton of usage rate.
Ruthy Hebard, F, Oregon
How’d you like to be the third-best — never mind. Hebard won’t go in the top half of the first round, but she’s the best Alaskan hooper since Trajan Langdon. She stuffs a stat sheet like no other, shooting an absurd 69% from the floor on 17 points a night and almost 10 rebounds. It’s such a shame this Ducks team didn’t get a chance to play for a ring this year.
Lauren Cox, C, Baylor
Got a ring for the Bears in 2019, so technically a key piece on the reigning national champions. Can score down low and has a midrange game too, but her post defense is what puts her here. In a league with Elena Delle Donne and Breanna Stewart, a 6’4 big that can get stops is an excellent piece to have.
Chennedy Carter, G, Texas A&M
Might be a complete player and an elite scoring option for a good-not-great Aggies team. She’s absolutely getting buckets, but can she also involve teammates and not turn it over at the pro level? At just 5’7 that’s what she’ll need to do. Pure offense, and one of the leading scorers in women’s basketball at over 21 points per game last season.
Tyasha Harris, G, South Carolina
Four years starring for Dawn Staley makes you a really good guard, and she upped her shooting in her senior season for an outstanding SEC champion Gamecocks team. At 5’10 she’s got enough size to play at this level, and brings the leadership and do-everything-ness that should keep her a pro for a long time.
Bella Alarie, F, Princeton
Maybe the toughest player to scout in the draft, because she’s been double-teamed on every possession since freshman orientation. 6’4 with the three-ball as part of her game, we know she can score, rebound, and involve teammates. But can she do it against elite competition, which she didn’t see a ton of in the Ivy League. But an efficient 17-8-2 with at least two future doctors and lawyers glued to you on every catch will get you picked in the first round.
Megan Walker, G, UConn
Here come the Huskies, who haven’t been The Huskies in a few seasons. But Walker is a complete type player you can trust and got 19 and 8 her junior year, and shot 45% from three-point range. She decided to leave Storrs a season early and is very good, but not in the UConn mold of a super-elite player. Only at UConn does two Final Fours and not once losing a conference game look like you underachieved during your college career.
Crystal Dangerfield, G, UConn
Walker’s backcourt mate is tiny, but she’s a waterbug out there. Generously listed at 5’5, she brings tons of energy on both ends of the floor while scoring 15 a game on 41% from downtown. There will be questions about her size, but not her heart, for sure. Was good for almost four assists per game with less than two turnovers as well.
Beatrice Mompremier, F, Miami
At 6’4 she faced constant double-teams for The U, but still was a 54% shooter that averaged 16 and 11. A defensive stopper with 34 career double-doubles in just 50 games in Coral Gables after transferring from Baylor after missing part of this season with a foot injury. Plenty of athleticism and upside here, and could be the steal of this draft.
Te’a Cooper, G, Baylor
Attending three colleges will scare some people off, as will her underwhelming numbers after being one of the consensus best players in the Class of 2015. But she can shoot it and set people up as well. If a team can help her reach her potential, she’s got a ceiling as high as anyone in the draft. A veteran team where she can learn the ropes and ease into a role might be the way to go here. Especially because you can’t transfer in the pros.
Mikiah Herbert Harrigan, F, South Carolina
6’2 and can shoot the three, and though she might not be an All-Star, she’s going to fill a role on any team that takes her. One of the most consistent players in her four years in Columbia, she averaged 13 and 5 her senior year. No matter where she ends up, no coach is keeping her out of the rotation for too long.
Kiah Gillespie, F, Florida State
Doesn’t overwhelm, but can score and more importantly defend at the next level. Her long-range shooting will need to improve (30% from three) in a four-out or five-out system that the league is going towards, but will give energy, defense, and rebounding at the next level.
Jocelyn Willoughby, F, Virginia
She’s can fill it at 19 per game and 42% from downtown, and can rebound it too, but the questions are about her ability to defend at the next level, and not turn it over. Is a student member of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Oversight Committee, and already working on her masters, so someone is getting a smart and good kid here.
Kitija Laksa, F, South Florida
As pure a scorer as you’ll see in this class, but defense and rebounding will limit her playing time unless they improve. Blew out her ACL three games into the 2019 season, but has played well for TTT Riga in her native Latvia since. Shot 40% from three in her college career while seeing tons of double teams, and led NCAA in free throw percentage (96.5) her junior season while missing only four times.