Seattle had back-to-back No. 1 picks in 2015 (Jewell Loyd) and 2016 (Breanna Stewart) and now Vegas has followed with Plum (2017) and Wilson at the top of consecutive drafts. Barta, a 6-foot-3 center from Gonzaga, averaged 18.8 points and 8.3 rebounds for the Bulldogs last season as a junior.
CT (from Atlanta): Lexie Brown, Duke: Brown is one of the top point guards in college basketball and only saw her draft position fall because of positional needs.
"She has a motor", said Beard, a veteran of 12 WNBA seasons. Panelists were limited to players eligible for the draft, and couldn't pick players from their own team. Forward Gabby Williams went fourth to Chicago and forward Azura Stevens went sixth to Dallas.
Mitchell will be joined on the Fever roster by one of her Ohio State teammates, as Stephanie Mavunga was selected by IN in the second round (No. 14 overall pick) of Thursday's draft. But the Sun and general manager Curt Miller made a decision to select Brown. They're very diligent with me of course and they help me out a lot.
Kia Nurse is no stranger to professional athletes. "So just being alongside him and a great group of vets and my teammates, I feel like we're going to form a team that everyone is going to come out and watch us and I'm super excited".
In all three mock drafts done by a few WNBA coaches and GMs for the AP, Indiana is expected to take Ohio State guard Kelsey Mitchell second. Among the other players on that list is Connecticut's current starting point guard Jasmine Thomas.
"I just want to thank everyone who has been a part of this journey with me", Wright said.
IN (from Phoenix): Maria Vadeeva, Dynamo Kursk, Russia. "They've been in my shoes, so they're just really helping me to stay calm". She averaged 22.6 points and 11.8 rebounds in her senior season. She also led the Longhorns with 89 steals. The draft will also stream live on the ESPN app. However, she has her sights set on more than churning out All-Star-caliber numbers.
Engram joins a long line of former Georgia Lady Bulldogs who played in the WNBA. Her assistant coach, Stacy Klinesmith, played in the WNBA and asked whether Barta was interested in going pro in the USA or overseas.
"I'm like little sis to them, because they know it can be overwhelming", she said.
"That will be a big transition for me", she said.
The Chicago Sky took former Tennessee shooting guard Diamond DeShields with the third pick. The Fever also hold the eighth and 14th picks. The Aces, who moved to Las Vegas from San Antonio this past winter, had the first pick for the second straight season. "Bria is an outstanding wing who will thrive in our up-tempo offensive system". Weeks after her decision, she left the program but her window to enter the WNBA draft was already closed. The Gophers won 24 games and advanced to the NCAA tournament second round for the first time since 2009. It feels like I'm playing a game all over again. "We are looking forward to seeing what develops from this great opportunity". She'll need to continue to get stronger. She knows how important the draft can be. "I've worked so hard to get to this moment and for it to happen is so awesome". That's to her advantage. Her dad is vice president of player development and G League operations for the Knicks. She is an elite level player and you don't put them on the bench.
Phoenix defeated the Connecticut Sun in a one-game playoff, then was swept 3-0 by the Sparks.
Wilson is thrilled for the chance to head to Las Vegas. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.