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The WNBA Draft has followed status quo every draft. There’s always clear No. 1 one prospect with no major surprises or even blockbuster trades. This year’s draft was headed that way until consensus No. 1 pick, Oregon’s point guard Sabrina Ionescu, decided to return to college for her senior season.
Some uncertainty at the top of the draft would send a shockwaves throughout it. Without a no brainer to choose, what would the Las Vegas Aces do with that number one pick? This dilemma added some much needed drama to the draft.
There were some ideas floated out there about who they could select but Las Vegas had an ace up their sleeve. They caught the crowd and announcers off guard when they selected Notre Dame guard Jackie Young. Young, a junior, was undecided whether to even enter the draft and declared on the last possible day.
The rest of the first round went pretty normal but there was a surprise or two. At the end of the first round, the Seattle Storm selected Australian forward Ezi Magbegorla (a relative unknown). The biggest surprise was the nation’s leading scorer and Player of the Year, Megan Gustafson, not being selected until the second round to the Dallas Wings.
The most intriguing pick belonged to the host city team, New York Liberty. With their second round pick,14th overall, they selected 6’9” Chinese center Han Xu. Her potential is obvious on the court but this pick should have an even bigger impact off the court with New York’s large Chinese population.
Of course it remains to be seen what draft picks will pan out but we do know it should be some excellent young players on the horizon.