Grading every pick of the first round of the WNBA Draft

Tanya Simon
May 21, 2020

Ionescu, who was selected on March 17 by the New York Liberty, was named Naismith Player of the Year and AP Player of the Year during her last year at the University of Oregon.

"Most people would tell you if Tina Charles was in this draft or next year's draft, there wouldn't be any question about who would go first in the draft", Thibault said. The Princeton star was exclusively the second Ivy League participant to be drafted that prime. The next three picks unfolded as most expected. NY also traded Erica Ogwumike, who they drafted in the third round, to Minnesota for Stephanie Talbot.

The WNBA tried to create a draft like expertise for the gamers, sending them a care bundle with hats of all 12 groups, a WNBA sweatshirt, confetti and some different gadgets.

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"It was really fun and we made the most of it", Cox said. Coaches and normal managers have been unfold all through the nation and world, in order that they arrange digital conflict rooms as an alternative of gathering in their very own crew amenities. Engelbert strengthened on a convention name earlier in the day that there was no timetable to when the season will start. She'll be playing for the Atlanta Dream. The regular season was scheduled to start May 15, but training camps and the regular season have been delayed indefinitely. The virtual draft went off without any problems.

The 22-year-old was eligible to declare for the 2019 WNBA Draft, and was considered a top pick. "It's so cool. You know, it just shows that we have built a great culture at OR, have recruited great players, and they got the right kind of practice and development". The teenagers were among the nine people who died in the helicopter accident on January 26, including Kobe Bryant. Speaking from her home in Fairbanks, Alaska, she said it was great to be able to be drafted with two teammates. "They deserved it and know they are looking down and smiling".

"Kobe was an incredible champion of women's basketball and Gianna shared his passion and dedication to our game", WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert said. By the way, Ionescu won the NCAA national player of the year award.

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