WNBA Draft Recap

By DJ Harding

On Monday night at Spring Studios in New York City the WNBA Draft took place. 

The night would be seen with twists, turns, and history made during the evening.

The history would start early as the Indiana Fever would hold the 1st overall for the first time in franchise history.

The Fever would make a no-brainer decision as to the surprise of very few people Indian took Aliyah Boston from South Carolina. 

The 2022 National Player of the Year became the second South Carolina to go first overall (A’ja Wilson in 2018).

The Worcester Academy attendee who was the 11th player ever to be a four time All-American would join South Carolina teammate Destanni Henderson in Indiana.

During her press conference Boston spoke on playing with Henderson saying “ I’m excited to play with Henni (Henderson’s Nickname) and I’m grateful to god for the opportunity to get drafted.”.

The Fever would also draft Grace Beger (7th overall), Taylor Mikesell (13th overall), LaDazhia Williams (17th overall), and Boston’s teammate Victoria Saxton (25th overall). Having arguably the best package of the night.

The Minnesota Lynx would hold the second overall pick and selected Diamond Miller of Maryland who tied for the highest selection of all time for a Maryland Player. Miller during her press conference spoke of her knowledge of Minnesota and Maya Moore. 

Joining Miller in Minnesota is Maia Hirsh (12th overall), Dorka Jahasz (16th overall), Brea Beal (24th overall), and Taylor Soule (28th overall).

The Dallas Wings had arguably the best package of not the Fever holding three of the top five picks. Dallas held the third and fifth overall going into the evening. 

The Wings selected Mandy Siegrist from Villanova (3rd overall), and Lou Lopez Senchal (5th overall) before trading for the 4th overall pick from the Washington Mystics selecting Stephanie Soares.

The Wings would also select Abby Myers (11th overall), Ashley Joens (19th overall), and Paige Robinson (31st overall).

The Washington Mystics would only have their second and third round choices after trading away pick number four selecting Elena Tsineke (20th overall), and Txell Alarcon (32nd overall).

After the top five the Atlanta Dream would hold picks six and eight selecting Haley Jones (6th overall) and Laeticia Amihere (8th overall). The Dream would also draft Leigha Brown (15th overall).

The Seattle Storm would only have one first round pick with the ninth overall selection drafting Jordan Horston of Tennessee. The Storm would also draft Madi Williams (18th overall), and Jade Loville (34th overall).

The Los Angeles Sparks would round out the top 10 drafting Zia Cooke of South Carolina who was the third Gamecock to go within the top 10. The Sparks also selected Monika Czinano (26th overall) to round out their draft class. 

The Chicago Sky and Connecticut Sun would each have two picks each. The Sky selected Kayana Traylor at 23rd and Kseniya Malashka at 35th. The Sun would draft National Champion Alexis Morris at 22nd overall and Ashton Prechtel 24th overall.

The Phoenix Mercury would hold two third round picks choosing Destiny Harden 27th overall and Kadi Sissoko 29th overall.

The New York Liberty held one third round selection, choosing Okako Adika 30th overall.

The Las Vegas Aces who are the defending champs held their third round pick which was the final draft selection of the night at 36th overall. The Aces drafted Brittany Davis.

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