2020 WNBA Free Agency – Where will free agents sign?

ANGEL MCCOUGHTRY

*UPDATE: I have updated all the free agent signings with links to their official signings as the WNBA Free Agency period has been so hectic. As you will see below, I was very wrong about where more than half of the free agents would end up.*

WNBA Free Agency for the 2020 WNBA season finally opened up yesterday as it was delayed due to the new WNBA CBA agreement. This WNBA Free Agency season is a bit different compared to previous years because there are a lot more free agents that are big names and there could be potential shake ups among WNBA teams that could alter the 2020 WNBA season. Because of the delay, the WNBA Free Agents cannot officially sign until February 10th this year, so before that can happen, I thought I would make this post to make my best educated guess on where all of the WNBA Free Agents at every level would end up.

I used my own knowledge of the WNBA free agents from how they fared from last season plus the Olympic commitments as well as by looking at a variety of sources online that would not have been available in previous seasons. I used the official WNBA Free Agency guide for the list and I also looked at the W-Insidr’s Free Agency tracker to get a handle of where some free agents could be headed. I also looked at High Post Hoops WNBA Free Agency Tracker in which I used their salary cap numbers. Bullets Forever looked at the Washington Mystics’ WNBA Free Agency situation.  Yesterday, CBS Sports also released their WNBA Free Agency Tracker in where you can also keep track.

By using all those resources plus my own knowledge, I made this list. I know that, I could be very wrong on a number of free agents as WNBA Free Agency is more wide open this year but I did mention of why certain players may not end up on the same team due to salary cap and other implications. Last year, I also made my best guesses on where the 2019 WNBA Free Agents would end up. I was very clearly wrong about half of them.  But this year, I will update this list to reflect on all the signings when they happen, unlike last year.

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CORE PLAYERS

Tina Charles – She will re-sign with the New York Liberty as I don’t see her wanting to move anywhere else at this time.

Skylar Diggins-Smith – She will be signed and traded to another team as Skylar Diggins-Smith has made her intentions clear about moving to another team. Skylar Diggins-Smith is a big name, so I think alot of teams will be interested. It just depends on what Dallas can receive back that makes it easier to trade her. The three front runners (in my opinion) are Indiana, Minnesota and Los Angeles. | Well, I was very wrong on this front. It turns out Phoenix had a great presentation that turned out to be the game changer for Skylar Diggins as she signed in Phoenix. 

Brittney Griner – She will re-sign with the Phoenix Mercury. Brittney Griner and the Phoenix Mercury seem happy with one another.  |This was probably one of the safest free agent predictions to make. Brittney Griner officially re-signed with the Phoenix Mercury.

RESERVED PLAYERS

Lindsay Allen (LVA) – Will be back with the Las Vegas Aces
Bridget Carleton (MIN) – Will have to wait for a contract.
Alaina Coates (ATL) – Will be back with the Atlanta Dream.
Anna Cruz (MIN) – Will be back with the Minnesota Lynx.
Temi Fagbenle (MIN) – Will be back with the Minnesota Lynx, may or may not come over due to the Olympics.
Reshanda Gray (NYL) – Will have to most likely wait for a contract.
Isabelle Harrison (DAL) –  I think she will be back with the Dallas Wings. | I was right. Isabelle Harrison re-signed with the Dallas Wings.
Natisha Hiedeman (CON) – Will be back with the Connecticut Sun. | Another expected return. Natisha Hiedeman re-signed with the Connecticut Sun.
Marine Johannes (NYL) – May or may not come over due to the Olympics. | Well, the update is that she is indeed playing as she re-signed with the New York Liberty.
Sonja Petrovic (now known as Sonja Vasic as she got married in the summer) (PHX) – May or may not come over due to the Olympics.
Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe (NYL) – Will be re-signed by the New York Liberty
Angel Robinson (PHX) – Will have to wait for a contract
Marianna Tolo (LAS) – Will be back with the Los Angeles Sparks
Yvonne Turner (PHX) – Will be back with the Phoenix Mercury
Marta Xargay (PHX) – Will be back with the Phoenix Mercury
Cecilia Zandalasini (MIN) – Will be back with the Minnesota Lynx, may not come over due to the Olympics.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

Rachel Banham (CON) – A team may give Rachel a better offer and I am not sure if the Connecticut Sun will match it. I think they might match it or there won’t be any other better offer and she will be re-signed with the Connecticut Sun.
Liz Cambage (LVA) – Teams will offer Liz Cambage a great deal but the Las Vegas Aces will match that offer and re-sign Liz Cambage.
Kahleah Copper (CHI) – Kahleah Copper will re-sign with the Chicago Sky. | This came to be true as Kahleah Copper re-signed with the Chicago Sky.
Jamierra Faulkner (CHI) – Jamierra Faulkner may or may not get a better offer from other teams, but I am not sure whether or not the Sky will match it. It’s a 50/50 shot if Jamierra Faulkner will stay as a Chicago Sky player. | Jamierra Faulkner has stated she will not be playing for the Chicago Sky this summer. 
Chelsea Gray (LAS) – Some teams will offer Chelsea Gray a good deal but the Los Angeles Sparks will match it and she will re-sign with the Los Angeles Sparks.
Bria Holmes (CON) – I can see another team possibly giving Bria Holmes a better offer, but I am not sure yet if Connecticut will match it. I think it’s a 50/50 shot if Bria Holmes stays with the Connecticut Sun. | Turns out, she will be staying with the Connecticut Sun as they re-signed her. 
Jonquel Jones (CON) – Jonquel Jones will be re-signed with the Connecticut Sun because she is their best player and there is no way that the Sun will give her up. | Another easy prediction to make as the Connecticut Sun re-signed with Jones.
Betnijah Laney (IND) – She will be re-signed with the Indiana Fever. | This turned out to be true as the Fever did re-sign Laney.
Imani McGee-Stafford (DAL) – Per Dorothy Gentry at the Athletic, Imani McGee – Stafford was given a qualifying extended offer | This ended up to be true, as Dallas re-signed her to a training camp contract.
Tiffany Mitchell (IND) – A few teams will probably offer Tiffany Mitchell a good deal but the Indiana Fever will match it and she will be back with the Indiana Fever. | This turned out to be a true prediction as the Indiana Fever signed her to a multi year deal.
Astou Ndour (CHI) – Astou Ndour will be re-signed with the Chicago Sky. | I was wrong about this prediction too as Astou Ndour was signed and traded to the Dallas Wings.
Morgan Tuck (CON) – Morgan Tuck is an important player for the Sun last year but I think if another team gave her a better offer, I don’t see the Connecticut Sun matching it. I think she will go to another team if that happens. | As it turns out, it was half right. The Connecticut Sun did a sign and trade with the Seattle Storm and Tuck is now a Storm player. 
Courtney Williams (CON) – Courtney Williams is one of the Connecticut Sun’s best players so I don’t see the Sun letting her go away, so if a team does offer her a better deal, the Sun will match it and she will be re-signed with the Connecticut Sun. | This turned out to be completely false. Courtney Williams and the Connecticut Sun could not come up with a great contract for both sides and Williams eventually wanted to go to Atlanta and so the Dream signed her.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

Kayla Alexander – Will have to wait and see if a team offers her a contract. I think Chicago will offer her a contract again, but it could be a while as Chicago has other concerns they need to take care of.

Seimone Augustus – Will re-sign with the Minnesota Lynx. I just don’t see her leaving the Lynx because she has been pretty loyal with the Lynx franchise since she was drafted. I think it could be a one or maybe two year deal as retirement possibly looms. | This was a shocking false prediction. Everyone thought Augustus would finish her career in Minnesota yet she chose differently and she signed with the Los Angeles Sparks for her final season.

Evgeniia Belyakova – I don’t see her coming over due to the Olympics so in my opinion, I don’t see her signing with a WNBA team this year.

Alex Bentley – Alex Bentley is a great free agent and a great player/scorer so any team will be lucky to have her. I just don’t know what team that will be yet.

Sue Bird – Sue Bird will re-sign with the Seattle Storm. In my opinion, I think it is just a one year deal because Sue Bird will turn 40 in October, and I just don’t see her playing past that age. She has also hinted at retirement when the new WNBA CBA was announced and she said that the younger players would benefit greatly from this new CBA. | The least shocking move ever has come true as Sue Bird re-signed with the Seattle Storm. 

DeWanna Bonner – DeWanna Bonner has been with Phoenix since she was drafted and although this is tough, I can see DeWanna Bonner leaving Phoenix IF she is given a better contract from another team than what Phoenix can offer her. | This was a tough decision but the Sun were able to make the sign and trade with Phoenix, making Dewanna Bonner a Sun player. 

Essence Carson – I think that the Phoenix Mercury will offer Essence Carson another contract. I think it will be for one year but it could be possible that another team gives her a better deal.

Layshia Clarendon – I can see Layshia Clarendon playing for another team this season as Connecticut may not look to re-sign her. | This turned out to be true as Layshia Clarendon signed with the New York Liberty.

Sydney Colson – Sydney Colson could be back with the Las Vegas Aces, maybe on a one to two year contract. | This turned out to be a false prediction as the Chicago Sky signed her.

Ana Dabovic – I don’t see Ana Dabovic coming over to the WNBA this year. I could be wrong but with the Olympics looming, she can just pass on the WNBA.

Blake Dietrick – I think Seattle will look to re-sign her but I don’t see them in a rush to do so. I think Blake Dietrick will have to wait for a contract. | She will not be on the Storm as the Atlanta Dream signed her to a contract.

Elena Delle Donne – Per Mike Thibault who was a guest on the W-Insidr podcast, Elena Delle Donne has a verbal agreement to come back to the Mystics. She can officially sign on February 10th. | I don’t think this was in ever in doubt but she re-signed with the defending WNBA champion Washington Mystics.

Stefanie Dolson – Stefanie Dolson will most likely join another team as Chicago has both Allie Quigley and Courtney Vandersloot as unrestricted free agents and will need to throw a lot of money behind them which results in less money for Dolson. I think she ends up with another team if Chicago cannot offer what she is looking for. | Stefanie Dolson and the Chicago Sky seem content with one another as Dolson re-signed with the Chicago Sky.

Celine Dumerc – I don’t see Celine Dumerc coming over to the WNBA this year just like some other fellow Europeans due to the Olympics looming.

Megan Gustafson – Per Dorothy Gentry at the Athletic, Megan Gustafson was given a qualifying extended offer. | This was true as Megan Gustafson re-signed with the Dallas Wings. 

Bria Hartley – I think Bria Hartley will re-sign with the New York Liberty. It could be possibly just a short term deal, however. | This turned out to be a false prediction. Hartley signed with the Phoenix Mercury.

Glory Johnson –  Per Dorothy Gentry at the Athletic, Dallas will do everything it can to keep Glory Johnson as a member of the Wings. | Dallas missed out as Glory Johnson signed with the Atlanta Dream.

Sara Krnjic – Have never seen her play in the WNBA. Don’t see her coming this year either.
Camille Little – Camille Little has retired.

Sancho Lyttle – Sancho Lyttle has retired.

Brooke McCarty-Williams – Brooke McCarty – Williams will be with another team as she was not offered a contract per the Athletic’s Dorothy Gentry.

Angel McCoughtry – Angel McCoughtry is an interesting case. The Dream did not core Angel as they allowed her to test free agency for the first time in her career. Angel McCoughtry is a talented player. She will be looking to make the maximum amount allowed and some teams could offer it to her. There are a variety of teams that could do so for her services OR she could be back with the Atlanta Dream but on a smaller contract. However, that could be a long shot.

Emma Meesseman – Per Mike Thibault who was a guest on the W-Insidr podcast, Emma Meesseman will be back via a verbal agreement. She can officially sign on February 10th. | Emma Meeseman is back with the Washington Mystics, however it is only on a one year deal.

Kim Mestdagh – I don’t foresee her coming over to the WNBA this year but if she does, she will most likely re-sign with the Washington Mystics.
Carley Mijovic – I don’t see her coming to the WNBA.

Leilani Mitchell – I think she will re-sign with the Phoenix Mercury again, on a two year contract. | This turned out to be a false prediction. Leilani Mitchell signed with the Washington Mystics again.

Courtney Paris – Courtney Paris will re-sign with the Seattle Storm, maybe on a one to two year deal.

Epiphanny Prince – Epiphanny Prince will re-sign with the Las Vegas Aces after she played less than half a season for them last season. I think the Aces will offer her a one year deal. | This turned out to be a false prediction as the Seattle Storm signed her.

Allie Quigley – Allie Quigley is one of the Chicago Sky’s best players and I don’t see the Sky giving up on that. I think she will be re-signed by the Chicago Sky on a long term deal. | Another easy free agent prediction. Allie Quigley did in fact, re-sign with the Chicago Sky. 

Danielle Robinson – I think Danielle Robinson will be back with the Minnesota Lynx on a one to two year deal. | This turned out to be another false prediction as she signed with the Las Vegas Aces.

Sugar Rodgers – I think Sugar Rodgers will be back with the Las Vegas Aces. The Aces may offer her a three year contract. | This turned out to be a true prediction as she re-signed with the Las Vegas Aces.

Tierra Ruffin-Pratt – Tierra Ruffin-Pratt will re-sign with the Los Angeles Sparks, however there could be a chance that another team may offer her a better deal. | This turned out to be true as she re-signed with the Sparks.

Karlie Samuelson – She will have to wait for a contract. | She did not have to wait long. The Dallas Wings signed her to a training camp contract.

Shekinna Stricklen – Shekinna Stricklen will re-sign with the Connecticut Sun. I think it will be for a two year contract. | This turned out to be another false prediction as she signed with the Atlanta Dream.

Carolyn Swords – Carolyn Swords will be back with the Las Vegas Aces Aces. I think the Aces will offer her a two year deal. | This turned out to be half true. Carolyn Swords is back with the Las Vegas Aces but on the business side as she retired from the WNBA.

Kristi Toliver – Per Mike Thibault who was on the W-Insidr podcast, Kristi Toliver and the Mystics will come to an agreement about a contract. | That did not come true as Kristi Toliver went back to Los Angeles and signed with the Sparks. 

Tahlia Tupaea – I don’t see her in the WNBA this year.

Courtney Vandersloot – Courtney Vandersloot is the Chicago Sky’s best player. There is no way that Chicago lets her walk away without giving her the best offer. Courtney Vandersloot has made Chicago her home and I think both sides can work on a great deal to make each other happy. | Another easy prediction as the Chicago Sky re-signed her to a multi year contract. 

Tanisha Wright – Tanisha Wright has retired.

Isabelle Yacoubou – I don’t see her in the WNBA this year.

Tamera Young – Tamera Young will be re-signed with the Las Vegas Aces. I think the Aces will offer her a two year deal.

Shavonte Zellous – Shavonte Zellous will be re-signed with the Seattle Storm. The Storm will probably offer her a two to three year deal.

Women’s College Basketball Player Rankings – Class by Class! Week 12

Endyia Rogers of USC was fantastic this past week.

This week in women’s college basketball, we got to see the Connecticut vs Tennessee rivalry renewed and Connecticut won that game. It was a nice touch and welcomed, but for the rest of us who have been watching women’s college basketball this season know that parity has never been more prominent. The Pac-12 conference is the toughest conference to play this season and a number of small rivalries are starting within that conference. The Oregon Ducks swept the Oregon State Beavers for the first time since 2010, which says a lot about the talent on both teams. A lot of teams who have struggled this season in conference play battled with ranked teams. Some won, some lost in very close contests which is reflected in this week’s rankings.

Listed below are the top 36 seniors, the top 27 juniors, the top 18 sophomores and the top 9 freshmen for the week of January 20th to January 26th. Click here for last week’s rankings. If you are a first time reader or have questions, please read the FAQ page first.

With that note, a somber goodbye to Kobe and Gigi Bryant who we will never get to see play out her basketball dream in college nor the WNBA. I am also sending thoughts and prayers to the rest of the people who were involved in the helicopter crash yesterday as well as their families. Rest in peace, everyone.

*Click here for last year’s Week 12 rankings. Click here for 2018’s Week 12 rankings. Click here for 2017’s Week 12 rankings.*

SENIORS

  1. Sabrina Ionescu – Oregon
  2. Ruthy Hebard – Oregon
  3. Tyasha Harris – South Carolina
  4. Lauren Cox – Baylor
  5. Ae’Rianna Harris – Purdue
  6. Kathleen Doyle – Iowa
  7. Mikiah Herbert Harrigan – South Carolina
  8. Kiah Gillespie – Florida State
  9. Crystal Dangerfield – Connecticut
  10. Ayana Mitchell – LSU
  11. Kianna Ray – TCU
  12. Dana Evans – Louisville
  13. Nicki Ekhomu – Florida State
  14. Robbi Ryan – Arizona State
  15. Leaonna Odom – Duke
  16. Stephanie Jones – Maryland
  17. Jazmine Jones – Louisville
  18. Juicy Landrum – Baylor
  19. Makenzie Meyer – Iowa
  20. Ciara Duffy – South Dakota
  21. Kylee Shook – Louisville
  22. Japreece Dean – UCLA
  23. Akienreh Johnson – Michigan
  24. Erica Ogwumike – Rice
  25. Isabelle Spingola – Marquette
  26. Amber Melgoza – Washington
  27. Alexa Willard – Missouri State
  28. Jayla Scaife – Dayton
  29. Keri Jewett-Giles – FGCU
  30. Kristen Spolyar – Butler
  31. Stella Johnson – Rider
  32. Holly Hoopingarner – IUPUI
  33. Chanette Hicks – Norfolk State
  34. Roxy Barahman – Yale
  35. Japonica James – Troy
  36. Fallyn Freije – Montana State

JUNIORS

  1. Rennia Davis – Tennessee
  2. Michaela Onyenwere – UCLA
  3. Satou Sabally – Oregon
  4. Aari McDonald – Arizona
  5. N’dea Jones – Texas A&M
  6. Kayla Wells – Texas A&M
  7. Qadashah Hoppie – St. John’s
  8. Lindsey Pulliam – Northwestern
  9. Jill Townsend – Gonzaga
  10. Monica Arens – South Dakota
  11. Jenn Wirth – Gonzaga
  12. Jordan Lewis – Alabama
  13. Vivian Gray – Oklahoma State
  14. Micaela Kelly – Central Michigan
  15. Ivana Raca – Wake Forest
  16. Illmar’I Thomas – Cincinnati
  17. Maddi Utti – Fresno State
  18. Sam Thomas – Arizona
  19. Mackenzie Coleman – Tennessee Tech
  20. Oshlynn Brown – Ball State
  21. Nyjah White – Bradley
  22. India Pagan – Stony Brook
  23. Natalie Kucowski – Lafayette
  24. Tyler Frierson – Wright State
  25. Honoka Ikematsu – Robert Morris
  26. Natalie Armstrong – Samford
  27. Willow Duffell – Marist

SOPHOMORES

  1. Elissa Cunane – NC State
  2. Lexie Hull – Stanford
  3. Shakira Austin – Maryland
  4. Queen Egbo – Baylor
  5. Christyn Williams – Connecticut
  6. Lexi Held – DePaul
  7. Sonya Morris – DePaul
  8. Charli Collier – Texas
  9. Ashley Joens – Iowa State
  10. Robyn Benton – Auburn
  11. Erica Johnson – Ohio
  12. Paiton Burckhard – South Dakota State
  13. Stephanie Visscher – Stephen F.Austin
  14. Luana Serranho – Campbell
  15. Jonaie Johnson – UMKC
  16. Ajah Wayne – Old Dominion
  17. Janie King – Idaho
  18. Jordyn Jackson – CSU Northridge

FRESHMEN

  1. Endyia Rogers – USC
  2. Aliyah Boston – South Carolina
  3. Rickea Jackson – Mississippi State
  4. Francesca Belibi – Stanford
  5. Aliyah Matharu – Mississippi State
  6. Elizabeth Kitley – Virginia Tech
  7. Aubrey Griffin – Connecticut
  8. Kiki Jefferson – James Madison
  9. Kristyna Brabencova – South Florida

Women’s College Basketball Player Rankings – Class by Class! Week 11

satou sabally

After a crazy week filled with upsets, this week was not quite as shocking. There were some upsets but they were few and did not affect the rankings too much. The Pac 12 conference is definitely the toughest conference out of all the conferences this season and Oregon proved it’s worth over the week. Sabrina Ionescu showed why she is the best women’s college basketball player this year versus a very good top 10 team in Stanford. There’s more top 10 showdowns coming in this upcoming week so make sure you tune in and watch those games.

Listed below are the top 36 seniors, the top 27 juniors, the top 18 sophomores and the top 9 freshmen for the week of January 13th to January 19th. Click here for last week’s rankings.  First time viewing these rankings or have questions, please read the FAQ page first.

**Click here for last season’s Week 11 rankings list. Click here for 2018 Week 11 rankings list. Click here for 2017’s Week 11 rankings list.

SENIORS

  1. Sabrina Ionescu – Oregon
  2. Crystal Dangerfield – Connecticut
  3. Ayana Mitchell – LSU
  4. Ja’Tavia Tapley – Arizona State
  5. Kaila Charles – Maryland
  6. Ruthy Hebard – Oregon
  7. Te’a Cooper – Baylor
  8. Jazmine Jones – Louisville
  9. Kathleen Doyle – Iowa
  10. Lauren Cox – Baylor
  11. Tyasha Harris – South Carolina
  12. Jordan Danberry – Mississippi State
  13. Robbi Ryan – Arizona State
  14. Juicy Landrum – Baylor
  15. Mikiah Herbert Harrigan – South Carolina
  16. Alexis Tolefree – Arkansas
  17. Ciara Duffy – South Dakota
  18. Abi Scheid – Northwestern
  19. Mary Gedaka – Villanova
  20. Alexis Lewis – Seton  Hall
  21. Kianna Ray – TCU
  22. Becca Hittner – Drake
  23. Stephanie Jones – Maryland
  24. Jordan Wallace – Rutgers
  25. Rachel Thompson – Colgate
  26. Davion Wingate – FGCU
  27. Bailey Greenberg – Drexel
  28. Cinia McCray – North Carolina A&T
  29. Chanette Hicks – Norfolk State
  30. Brittney Patrick – Southern Illinois
  31. Kaela Hilaire – Stony Brook
  32. Nneka Ezeigbo – Robert Morris
  33. Te’ja Twitty – UNC Greensboro
  34. Torrie Cash – Coastal Carolina
  35. Japonica James – Troy
  36. Lizzy Klinker – Idaho

JUNIORS

  1. Satou Sabally – Oregon
  2. Dana Evans – Louisville
  3. Destiny Slocum – Oregon State
  4. Megan Walker – Connecticut
  5. Aari McDonald – Arizona
  6. Rennia Davis – Tennessee
  7. Kiana Williams – Stanford
  8. Janelle Bailey – North Carolina
  9. Deja Church – DePaul
  10. Kendall Spray – Clemson
  11. Qadashah Hoppie – St. John’s
  12. Nancy Mulkey – Rice
  13. Amber Ramirez – Arkansas
  14. LeeAnne Wirth – Gonzaga
  15. Lindsay Pulliam – Northwestern
  16. Hannah Sjerven – South Dakota
  17. Gabi Haack – Bradley
  18. Ellen Margaret Andrews – Yale
  19. Maddi Utti – Fresno State
  20. Chelsey Perry – UT Martin
  21. Kesha Brady – Tennessee Tech
  22. Abby Kapp – Bucknell
  23. Katie Turner – Davidson
  24. Erin Whalen – Dayton
  25. Faith Cook – Sam Houston State
  26. Alyssa Adams – Stephen F. Austin
  27. Arsula Clark – Tulane

SOPHOMORES

  1. Elissa Cunane – NC State
  2. Rhyne Howard – Kentucky
  3. Christyn Williams – Connecticut
  4. Monika Czinano – Iowa
  5. Jessika Carter – Mississippi State
  6. Lexi Held – DePaul
  7. Charli Collier – Texas
  8. NaLyssa Smith – Baylor
  9. Shaniya Jones – Georgia
  10. Nia Clouden – Michigan State
  11. Dara Mabrey – Virginia Tech
  12. Ajah Wayne – Old Dominion
  13. Rachel McLimore – IUPUI
  14. Sienna Durr – Columbia
  15. Amanda Mobley – Rider
  16. Lou Lopez – Senechal – Fairfield
  17. Adebola Adeyeye – Buffalo
  18. Ayzhiana Basallo – San Jose State

FRESHMEN

  1. Jakia Brown-Turner – NC State
  2. Alissa Pili – USC
  3. Sara Scalia – Minnesota
  4. Brynna Maxwell – Utah
  5. Zia Cooke – South Carolina
  6. Aliyah Boston – South Carolina
  7. Darian White – Montana State
  8. Kiki Jefferson – James Madison
  9. Molly Davis – Central Michigan

 

2020 WNBA Mock Draft Version 1.0

lauren cox baylor university dallas wings.

The 2020 WNBA season is on thanks to a new WNBA CBA. This means that it is time to start thinking about the upcoming season and free agency. This also means that the WNBA Draft is now three months away and it is now time to start preparing the WNBA Mock Drafts.

This 2020 WNBA Draft senior class is not as deep as last year’s senior class, therefore I added some possible juniors who could declare for this year’s draft in April. I will have three more versions of this mock draft which will be updated monthly. The final WNBA Mock Draft will be posted about a week or some days before the actual WNBA Draft takes place.

I have also included several WNBA Mock Drafts other outlets have posted so that if you haven’t read them yet or want to compare the mock drafts you may do so.

ROUND ONE

  1. Sabrina Ionescu – PG – Oregon – New York Liberty

The New York Liberty are entering into a new phase of rebuilding with a new ownership group and a new coach. What better way for the Liberty to start fresh with a #1 pick and select the best player from this class. Sabrina Ionescu has turned heads in women’s college basketball and will look to help the Liberty in May. Sabrina Ionescu is a smart player and she is a leader when she is on the floor.

2. Lauren Cox – F/C – Baylor – Dallas Wings

Lauren Cox is a steady forward who was instrumental in Baylor’s run to the championship last season and will look to help the Baylor Lady Bears defend their title come March/April. Lauren Cox can shoot from three, she can defend inside and she does not need to play a ton of minutes for the Dallas Wings. She can help the Wings with her interior defence and passing ability. Not only that, she’s a local player. That always helps with ticket sales!

3. Chennedy Carter** – PG/SG – Texas A&M – Indiana Fever

The Indiana Fever are also trying to rebuild and Chennedy Carter (one of the first possible early junior players) can help immediately. Her game is meant for the pro level. She can shoot, she can score and she can provide the Indiana Fever with some highlight reels. More than that, she can help invigorate the Fever and bring them back to prominence.

4. Satou Sabally** – SF/PF – Oregon – Atlanta Dream

The Atlanta Dream did not have a great season last year and will look to rebound again this season and could use some help on their front line. Satou Sabally (the second junior player who could possibly declare early) can give the Atlanta Dream size, shooting ability as well as the ability to switch onto defenders. She is a versatile small forward who gets better every year.

5. Te’a Cooper – SG – Baylor – Phoenix Mercury

Te’a Cooper has risen quite a bit and has proved herself with Baylor so far this year. She’s shown an ability to score and provide a bit of leadership as well. She can help the Phoenix Mercury’s bench and provide them a lift when the starters need a break.

  • 6. Beatrice Mompremier – Miami – Minnesota Lynx
  • 7. Aari McDonald** – Arizona – Seattle Storm
  • 8. Ruthy Hebard – Oregon –  Chicago Sky
  • 9. Tynice Martin – West Virginia – Dallas Wings
  • 10. Crystal Dangerfield – Connecticut – Connecticut Sun
  • 11. Joyner Holmes – Texas – Connecticut Sun
  • 12.  Bella Alarie – Princeton –  Washington Mystics

ROUND TWO

  1. Mikayla Pivec – Atlanta Dream
  2. Kathleen Doyle – Minnesota Lynx
  3. Mikiah Herbert Harrigan – Dallas Wings
  4. Kaila Charles – Indiana Fever
  5. Tyasha Harris – Phoenix Mercury
  6. Ae’Rianna Harris – Phoenix Mercury
  7. Nausia Woolfolk – Seattle Storm
  8. Sara Rhine – Los Angeles Sparks
  9. Becca Hittner – Dallas Wings
  10. Japreece Dean – Los Angeles Sparks
  11. Kiah Gillespie – Connecticut Sun
  12. Taryn McCutcheon – Washington Mystics

ROUND THREE

  1. Jordan Danberry – Atlanta Dream
  2. Ciara Duffy – New York Liberty
  3. Kylee Shook – Atlanta Dream
  4. Nicki Ekhomu – Indiana Fever
  5. Ja’Tavia Tapley – Phoenix Mercury
  6. Katie Campbell – Chicago Sky
  7. Kat Tudor – Seattle Storm
  8. Stephanie Jones – Chicago Sky
  9. Jazmine Jones – Las Vegas Aces
  10. Nadia Fingall – Los Angeles Sparks
  11. Dominique Oden – Connecticut Sun
  12. Brittany Brewer – Washington Mystics

Women’s College Basketball Player Rankings – Class by Class! Week 10

kathleen doyle, iowa

This past week was a pretty historic week as quite a handful of top ranked and ranked teams fell to non ranked teams. There were many great feats accomplished such as Arizona State (which was not a ranked team) who was able to upset both Oregon and Oregon State (the #2 and #3 teams in the nation last week) in one weekend! Not only that, Iowa was also able to defeat two ranked teams as well.  Baylor looked very good when they faced Connecticut (who was #1 last week).

There is no clear cut #1 team right now in women’s college basketball and I think that’s a great sign of parity. For YEARS, the #1 team in the country was above every other team. It was difficult to beat them. Now? Not so much. Because of the shakeup of what occurred this past week, it shook up the rankings this week. Many players who have made this list weekly are not in this week. This gives us a chance to spotlight those players who normally don’t get the shine due to the other strong players on top teams. In 4 years of writing and blogging these rankings, I have never seen so many top players miss out in these rankings.

Listed below are the top 36 seniors, the top 27 juniors, the top 18 sophomores and the top 9 freshmen for the week of Jan. 6th to Jan. 12th. If you have questions or this is your first time reading these rankings, please read the FAQ page first. Click here for the previous week’s rankings.

**I have done this in a previous rankings post, but I thought I would start this up again. If you would like to view last year’s Week 10 rankings, click here. If you would like to view 2018’s Week 10 rankings, click here. If you would like to view 2017’s Week 10 rankings, click here. *

SENIORS

  1. Kathleen Doyle – Iowa
  2. Te’a Cooper – Baylor
  3. Bella Alarie – Princeton
  4. Ja’Tavia Tapley – Arizona State
  5. Lauren Cox – Baylor
  6. Tynice Martin – West Virginia
  7. Robbi Ryan – Arizona State
  8. Ayana Mitchell – LSU
  9. Jordan Danberry – Mississippi State
  10. Tyasha Harris – South Carolina
  11. Kylee Shook – Louisville
  12. Chante Stonewall – DePaul
  13. Ciara Duffy – South Dakota
  14. Makenzie Meyer – Iowa
  15. Reili Richardson – Arizona State
  16. Francesca Pan – Georgia Tech
  17. Jocelyn Willoughby – Virginia
  18. Jazmine Jones – Louisville
  19. Katherine Strong – Butler
  20. Borislava Hristova – Washington State
  21. Sabrina Haines – Kentucky
  22. Katie Campbell – Gonzaga
  23. Hailey Leidel – UMass
  24. Erica Ogwumike – Rice
  25. Davion Wingate – FGCU
  26. Alana Gilmer – Marist
  27. Mariah Leonard – Drexel
  28. Chanette Hicks – Norfolk State
  29. Ciani Cryor – Texas Southern
  30. Jasmin Samz – Ball State
  31. Stella Johnson – Rider
  32. McKenzie Johnston – Montana Grizzlies
  33. Le’Jzae Davidson – Furman
  34. Taylor Edwards – Old Dominion
  35. Cinia McCray – North Carolina A&T
  36. DJ Williams – Coastal Carolina

JUNIORS

  1. Michaela Onyenwere – UCLA
  2. Kysre Gondrezick – West Virginia
  3. Rennia Davis – Tennessee
  4. Selena Lott – Marquette
  5. Dana Evans – Louisville
  6. Arella Guirantes – Rutgers
  7. Brice Calip – Missouri State
  8. Kiana Williams – Stanford
  9. Mia Davis – Temple
  10. Jenn Wirth – Gonzaga
  11. Temi Carda – Creighton
  12. Hannah Sjerven – South Dakota
  13. Lindsey Pulliam – Northwestern
  14. Arsula Clark – Tulane
  15. Macee Williams – IUPUI
  16. India Pagan – Stony Brook
  17. Nadiria Evans – UNC Asheville
  18. Maddi Utti – Fresno State
  19. IImar’I Thomas – Cincinnati
  20. Vanessa Austin – CSU Bakersfield
  21. Jordan Brock – Tennessee Tech
  22. Aja Boyd – UNC Greensboro
  23. Olivia Noah – North Alabama
  24. Micaela Kelly – Central Michigan
  25. Taylor Turney – CSU Fullerton
  26. Erin Whalen – Dayton
  27. Kimberly Burton – Louisiana

SOPHOMORES

  1. NaLyssa Smith – Baylor
  2. Rhyne Howard – Kentucky
  3. Taylor Robertson – Oklahoma
  4. Sonya Morris – DePaul
  5. Paiton Burckhard – South Dakota State
  6. Madi Williams – Oklahoma
  7. Jessika Carter – Mississippi State
  8. Jasmine Franklin – Missouri State
  9. Sydni Harvey – South Florida
  10. Katie Douglas – Dartmouth
  11. Lasha Petree – Bradley
  12. Michaela Harrison – Mount St. Mary’s
  13. Megan Walker – Lehigh
  14. Amber Leggett – Sam Houston State
  15. Ayzhiana Basallo – San Jose State
  16. Stephanie Visscher – Stephen F. Austin
  17. Luana Serranho – Campbell
  18. Jonai Johnson – UMKC

FRESHMEN

  1. Zia Cooke – South Carolina
  2. Aliyah Boston – South Carolina
  3. Haley Jones – Stanford
  4. Jordan Horston – Tennessee
  5. Kierstan Bell – Ohio State
  6. Adelaide Fuller – Davidson
  7. Ayoka Lee – Kansas State
  8. Charisma Osborne – UCLA
  9. Ashten Prechtel – Stanford

Women’s College Basketball Player Rankings – Class by Class! Week 9

emily engstler syracuse

Conference play is now underway and we have already had some surprises early in the conference season. It shall get more interesting as the weeks go by and to truly measure just how good teams are. It has already started to affect these rankings as you will see this week that there were a lot more mid majors/smaller schools added this week because some Power 5 conference teams did not play well or lost this week. However, it could change again next week. We have some good match ups coming this week, so make sure you tune in to watch them!

Listed below are the top 36 seniors, the top 27 juniors, the top 18 sophomores and the top 9 freshmen for the week of December 30th to Jan. 5th. Click here for the previous week’s rankings list. Click here for the FAQ page.

*As stated above, there are A TON more mid majors/smaller schools this week which is a bit higher than usual.*

 

SENIORS

  1. Sabrina Ionescu – Oregon
  2. Te’a Cooper – Baylor
  3. Mikayla Pivec – Oregon State
  4. Ruthy Hebard – Oregon
  5. Crystal Dangerfield – Connecticut
  6. Jordan Danberry – Mississippi State
  7. Kathleen Doyle – Iowa
  8. Becca Hittner – Drake
  9. Chante Stonewall – DePaul
  10. Tyasha Harris – South Carolina
  11. Jazmine Jones – Louisville
  12. Tynice Martin – West Virginia
  13. Alexa Willard – Missouri State
  14. Lauren Cox – Baylor
  15. Ciara Duffy – South Dakota
  16. Erica Ogwumike – Rice
  17. Sara Rhine – Drake
  18. Japreece Dean – UCLA
  19. Aislinn Konig – NC State
  20. Lexi Wallen – Illinois State
  21. Kamiah Smalls – James Madison
  22. Stella Johnson – Rider
  23. Tagyn Larson – South Dakota State
  24. Tytionia Adderly – FGCU
  25. Ellie Harmeyer – Belmont
  26. Michal Miller – Wright State
  27. Alana Gilmer – Marist
  28. Ellie Mack – Bucknell
  29. Dominique Golighty – Abilene Christian
  30. Deja Ford – Charleston
  31. Respect Leapheart – Southern Mississippi
  32. Ariona Gill – UTEP
  33. Jasmine Samz – Ball State
  34. Shakeela Fowler – Dayton
  35. Dayna Rouse – Longwood
  36. Nadine Soliman – UNCG

JUNIORS

  1. Chennedy Carter – Texas A&M
  2. Megan Walker – Connecticut
  3. Michaela Onyenwere – UCLA
  4. Vivian Gray – Oklahoma State
  5. Lauren Heard – TCU
  6. Kiara Lewis – Syracuse
  7. Kysre Gondrezick – West Virginia
  8. Kristin Scott – Iowa State
  9. Natasha Mack – Oklahoma State
  10. Destiny Slocum – Oregon State
  11. Kate Cain – Nebraska
  12. Kiana Williams – Stanford
  13. Satou Sabally – Oregon
  14. Dana Evans – Louisville
  15. Brice Calip – Missouri State
  16. N’dea Jones – Texas A&M
  17. Ivana Raca – Wake Forest
  18. Bethy Mununga – South Florida
  19. Jaelynn Penn – Indiana
  20. Macee Williams – IUPUI
  21. Jill Townsend – Gonzaga
  22. India Pagan – Stony Brook
  23. Paige McCormick – UMass
  24. Valerie Higgins – Pacific
  25. Maddi Utti – Fresno State
  26. Jasmine Robinson – Troy
  27. Julia Fleecs – North Dakota

SOPHOMORES

  1. Elissa Cunane – NC State
  2. Christyn Williams – Connecticut
  3. Emily Engstler – Syracuse
  4. Amy Dilk – Michigan
  5. Lexi Held – DePaul
  6. Ashley Joens – Iowa State
  7. Lasha Petree – Bradley
  8. Monika Czinano – Iowa
  9. Grace Berger – Indiana
  10. Brittney Smith – UCF
  11. Erica Johnson – Ohio
  12. Sam Simons – Saint Mary’s
  13. Emma Grothaus – Lehigh
  14. Krislyn Marsh – Howard
  15. Avery LaBarbera – Holy Cross
  16. Jordan Walker – Western Michigan
  17. Amber Leggett – Sam Houston State
  18. Sienna Durr – Columbia

FRESHMEN

  1. Zia Cooke – South Carolina
  2. Taylor Jones – Oregon State
  3. Rickea Jackson – Mississippi State
  4. Aliyah Boston – South Carolina
  5. Dyaisha Fair – Buffalo
  6. Haley Jones – Stanford
  7. Hanna Cavinder – Fresno State
  8. Elena Tsineka – South Florida
  9. Kayla Padilla – Pennsylvania