SILVER SPRING, Md.– The WNBA Draft took place at Nike headquarters in New York City on April 10. As a female high school basketball player and fan, here are my thoughts on the top three picks and whether they were the right decisions:
No. 1: Jackie Young (Notre Dame)
The number one pick that I was expecting was Louisville’s Asia Durr, so Jackie Young came as a bit of a surprise. Young was chosen by the Las Vegas Aces, and was their third consecutive first overall pick. Young does make sense considering that the Aces already have All-Star shooting guard Kayla McBride, so they don’t have as much of a need for Durr. But Young should not be underestimated. She averaged 14.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per game in her recent sophomore season, and helped lead her team to the NCAA tournament championship. With three number one picks, the Aces should be a force to be reckoned with this coming season.
No. 2: Asia Durr (Louisville)
Undoubtedly one of the nation’s best shooting guards, Asia Durr was picked by the New York Liberty hot off of a successful senior season, averaging 21.2 points per game and 3.8 rebounds. During her time at Louisville, she helped her team make four NCAA tournament appearances, including three Sweet Sixteens, two Elite Eights, and one Final Four. Durr was named ACC Women’s Player of the Year in the 2017-18 season and the 2018-19 season, and is Louisville’s number two all-time highest scorer. Durr was a smart pick for the Liberty, seeing as she is arguably the best player of her class.
No. 3: Teaira McCowen (Mississippi State)
The Indiana Fever was lacking size going into the draft, and they must have been thrilled to see that the first two picks were both guards. Mississippi State’s Teaira McCowen is a force to be reckoned with, standing at 6’7″ and averaging 18.4 points per game and a whopping 13.5 rebounds her senior season. She helped her team win the Southeastern Conference, which allowed them to be a number one seed in the NCAA tournament, where they unfortunately lost in the Elite Eight to Oregon. McCowen will be a great fit for the Fever, who should have a much more well-rounded team after acquiring her.