Every one of Tonight’s WNBA Draft Picks: Rounds 1, 2 and 3

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The 2019 WNBA Draft is complete.  The Las Vegas Aces, picking No. 1 overall for the third straight year, took Jackie Young out of Notre Dame. Coming off a loss in the national championship game, Young decided to forego her final year of eligibility. Tonight that proved to be a wise decision.

First Round Draft Picks

No. 1 overall pick: The Las Vegas Aces selected Jackie Young out of Notre Dame

Young is a big guard, who is very versatile, can get to the basket, rebound, play defense and more. She’s more of a wing player, who many consider less of a pure scorer than Durr. Young is also a couple inches taller. She put up better numbers in college as a rebounder and as a passer. She’ll likely play at small forward, since the Aces have an All-Star at shooting guard in Kayla McBride. Assuming she does make the starting lineup, Vegas will form a first five that includes the past three number-one overall picks, including Young, Wilson, and Plum.


With the No. 2 pick: The New York Liberty selected Asia Durr, Louisville

Durr averaged 21.2 points per game during her senior season. It means she’ll go down with the fourth-highest scoring average in Louisville history. Her selection followed a four-year career filled with awards and accomplishments. This included four NCAA Tournament appearances, three Sweet 16s, two Elite Eights, a Final Four, back-to-back ACC Player of the Year honors, designated as the nation’s best shooting guard in 2018-19 and finishing as Louisville’s No. 2 all-time scorer behind McCoughtry.

With the No. 3 pick: The Indiana Fever selected Teaira McCowan, Mississippi State

Once on the clock, Indiana immediately made 6′ 7″ Teaira McCowan the No. 3 overall pick. McCowan led Mississippi State with 18.4 points and 13.5 rebounds per game in her senior season. She also scored at a school record 66.2% clip from the floor.

With the No. 4 pick: The Chicago Sky selected Katie Lou Samuelson, UConn

The 6’3 guard is able to get her shot off in an instant, create for others, and use her size to snag boards down low. She has all of the talents in place to become a WNBA all-star. In four years at UConn, she averaged 41 percent from deep, and 84 percent from the foul line. Her jumper is already elite.

With the No. 5 pick: The Dallas Wings selected Arike Ogunbowale, Notre Dame

Guard Arike Ogunbowale was the second Notre Dame player to be drafted. In this season’s Final Four she had 23 points in a win over Connecticut, and a game-high 31 points in the national title game against Baylor.


With the No. 6 pick: The Minnesota Lynx selected Napheesa Collier, UConn

Collier averaged a double-double this season and led the Huskies to the Final Four, averaging 20.8 points per game. The 6-2 senior won the American Athletic Conference’s player of the year and top defensive player of the year awards this season.

With the No. 7 pick: The Los Angeles Sparks selected Kalani Brown, Baylor

After a season in which the Baylor big saw her team lose only one game and roll through the competition in the NCAA tournament and be crowned national champions, it’s been quite the senior year for her.

With the No. 8 pick: The Phoenix Mercury selected Alanna Smith, Stanford

The 6-foot-4 Smith was one of two collegiate women’s basketball players to average 19 points, eight rebounds and two blocks per game this season. She finished 10th on Stanford’s career scoring list and second in blocks to go along with 155 career 3-pointers.  The only other collegians since 1999-00 to finish their careers with 1,600 points, 150 3-pointers and 200 blocks are now WNBA stars Elena Delle Donne, Maya Moore and Breanna Stewart.

With the No. 9 pick: The Connecticut Sun selected Kristine Anigwe, California

Anigwe was the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year her senior season. She averaged a team-high 22.5 points and 16.2 rebounds. She was a four-time All-American at Cal, and set a Pac-12 record with 33 straight double-doubles. Anigwe finished her career by scoring 32 points and grabbing 30 rebounds against Washington State.

With the No. 10 pick: The Washington Mystics selected Kiara Leslie, North Carolina State

Leslie averaged 15.9 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game for the Wolfpack in the 2018-19 season and was a regular starter in her two years with the Wolfpack. NC State went on a nation-high 21-game win streak to start last season as well and ultimately went to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament.


With the No. 11 pick: The Atlanta Dream selected Brianna Turner, Notre Dame

Turner was out with an ACL injury for the championship winning season. She averaged 14.3 points this past season with Notre Dame. She’s a good fit to compliment Griner there.

With the No. 12 pick: The Seattle Storm selected Ezi Magbegor, Australia

Eziyoda “Ezi” Magbegor is an Australian basketball player. Born in Wellington, New Zealand to Nigerian parents, Magbegor moved to Australia with her family at age six. One of Australian basketball’s most promising talents, she has already been compared as the next Lauren Jackson.

Second Round Draft Picks

13. Phoenix Mercury selected Sophie Cunningham, Missouri

14. New York Liberty selected Han Xu, China

15. Chicago Sky selected Chloe Jackson, Baylor

16. Minnesota Lynx selected Jessica Shepard, Notre Dame

17. Dallas Wings selected Megan Gustafson, Iowa

18. Minnesota Lynx selected Natisha Hiedeman, Marquette

19. Los Angeles Sparks selected Marina Mabrey, Notre Dame

20. Minnesota Lynx selected Cierra Dillard, Buffalo

21. Connecticut Sun selected Bridget Carleton, Iowa State

22. Dallas Wings selected Kennedy Burke, UCLA

23. Atlanta Dream selected Maite Cazorla, Oregon

24. Seattle Storm selected Anriel Howard, Mississippi State

Third Round Draft Picks

25. Indiana Fever selected Paris Kea, North Carolina

26. New York Liberty selected Megan Huff, Utah

27. Chicago Sky selected Maria Conde, Spain

28. Indiana Fever selected Caliya Robinson, Georgia

29. Dallas Wings selected Morgan Berstch, UC Davis

30. Minnesota Lynx selected Kenisha Bell, Minnesota

31. Los Angeles Sparks selected Angela Salvadores, Spain

32. Phoenix Mercury selected Arica Carter, Louisville

33. Connecticut Sun selected Regan Magarity, Virginia Tech

34. Washington Mystics selected Sam Fuehring, Louisville

35. Atlanta Dream selected Li Yueru, China

36. Seattle Storm selected Macy Miller, South Dakota State

WNBA Draft Day Trades:

  • The Atlanta Dream traded draft rights for Brianna Turner (No. 11 overall pick) to the Phoenix Mercury for Marie Gulich
  • The Minnesota Lynx traded draft rights for Natisha Hiedeman (No. 18 overall pick) to the Connecticut Sun for Lexie Brown

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