2020 WNBA Mock Draft Version 2.0

Satou Sabally is a top 2 pick after she declared early for the 2020 WNBA Draft held in April.

It has been one month since the first version was published and much has changed in the world of women’s college basketball as well in the WNBA. WNBA Free Agency shook up a large majority of WNBA rosters and many draft picks were traded. I will have two more versions of this 2020 WNBA Mock Draft which will be released monthly. One in March which will be released sometime during the NCAA Tournament and the final WNBA Mock Draft which will come out one week before the WNBA Draft held in April.

Dallas has the most WNBA draft picks this year so they will have a lot of tough decisions to make moving forward. Some players have played their way into the 2020 WNBA Mock Draft such as Duke’s Haley Gorecki and Leaonna Odom. Some have played their way off this mock draft. Of the draft eligible juniors, I included just one this time as Satou Sabally has already declared for the draft and the other possible early junior (Aarion McDonald) may not declare early. Some players have moved up and down since the previous month due to the team’s needs changing as well as their play on the court.

For the potential draftees, making the roster for this year could prove to be very tough as spots are very limited due to all the new signings as well as contract extensions. Some teams may only carry 11 players. It may take some of these potential draftees two to three years to make the roster, if they still desire to play in the WNBA some day.

ROUND ONE

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

Another month, the top pick is still Sabrina Ionescu from Oregon. The New York Liberty need some good news after rumors of Tina Charles potentially moving on came to be during WNBA Free Agency. Sabrina Ionescu can provide that new spark. Most importantly, she can provide leadership and give the Liberty a possible new franchise corner stone. She recently became the first women or men’s college basketball player to reach 2000 points, 1000 assists and 1000 rebounds in their career and I don’t think she is done yet.

2.  Satou Sabally – SF – Oregon – Dallas Wings

Unofficially last month, I included Satou Sabally in my first version of the 2020 WNBA Mock Draft. I had her originally going fourth overall to the Atlanta Dream, but Sabally has been on a tear since then. Her declaring early had to do with some financial situation in her family but it still a great move because the Dallas Wings can now take her and help the Wings elevate their franchise a little bit after a lot of veterans left during WNBA Free Agency. She is just scratching the surface of her potential and between her and Cox, I think the Wings should lean towards Satou Sabally.

3. Lauren Cox – PF/C – Baylor – Indiana Fever

With the declaration of Satou Sabally declaring early, this opens up the spot for Indiana to grab Lauren Cox. Cox would normally be a top 2 pick in this draft, but she slides now down to the 3rd spot. The Fever could use her as a starter and help facilitate their offense as Cox is an excellent passer offensively. The Fever can do so much with what Lauren Cox brings to the table, that they should not pass on her if they are given the chance. She’s still a very good and talented player.

4.  Beatrice Mompremier – PF/C – Miami – Atlanta Dream

Last month, I had Satou Sabally as the #4 pick overall. In that past month, as I have stated before above, Sabally has increased her stock. Not only that, the next best available player is draft eligible junior Chennedy Carter. But the Atlanta Dream don’t need Carter anymore. They have acquired Courtney Williams in free agency and still have some talented guards on their roster. There is no space for Carter. However, there is still some space for fowards and centers and the best player available for that position is Beatrice Mompremier. She recently just got back to playing form as she was injured a large majority of the year. She will be in top shape come draft time and the Dream could use her off the bench to help develop her game slowly so she can get improve and get better.

5. Ruthy Hebard – PF – Oregon – Dallas Wings

Last month, this pick belonged to the Phoenix Mercury but it now belongs to the Dallas Wings. The Dallas Wings already had pick #2 and have already a loaded roster. Some are on training camp contracts and the Wings have talented guards already on their roster so putting Chennedy Carter on this team does not make any sense either. The Wings should take Ruthy Hebard with their fifth pick but she will be in tough competition to make the final roster as she will be in competition with four other power forwards/centers trying to make the team.

6. Chennedy Carter** – SG – Texas A&M – Minnesota Lynx

Chennedy Carter has not declared yet for the draft, but if she does, she now falls down two spots from last month. Not because of her talent, but because of the WNBA teams reshuffling their rosters during WNBA Free Agency. The Minnesota Lynx just recently acquired Rachel Banham from Connecticut in a sign and trade but Carter still play well on this team. She can help give Minnesota Lynx another star besides Napheesa Collier and Sylvia Fowles.

  • 7. Te’a Cooper – SG – Baylor – Dallas Wings
  • 8. Tyasha Harris – PG – South Carolina – Chicago Sky
  • 9. Kiah Gillespie – SF – Florida State – Dallas Wings
  • 10. Crystal Dangerfield – PG – Connecticut – Phoenix Mercury
  • 11. Kaila Charles – SG – Maryland – Seattle Storm
  • 12. Bella Alarie – SF – Princeton – Washington Mystics

ROUND TWO

  1. Kathleen Doyle – New York Liberty
  2. Jocelyn Willoughby – Minnesota Lynx
  3. Mikayla Pivec – Dallas Wings
  4. Mikiah Herbert Harrigan – Indiana Fever
  5. Joyner Holmes – Atlanta Dream
  6. Haley Gorecki – Phoenix Mercury
  7. Nicki Ekhomu – Seattle Storm
  8. Sara Rhine – Los Angeles Sparks
  9. Becca Hittner – Dallas Wings
  10. Japreece Dean – Los Angeles Sparks
  11. Stephanie Jones – Connecticut Sun
  12. Brittany Brewer – Washington Mystics

ROUND THREE

  1. Nausia Woolfolk – Atlanta Dream
  2. Ciara Duffy – New York Liberty
  3. Leaonna Odom – Atlanta Dream
  4. Taryn McCutcheon – Indiana Fever
  5. Ja’Tavia Tapley – Phoenix Mercury
  6. Reili Richardson – Chicago Sky
  7. Katie Campbell – Seattle Storm
  8. Kylee Shook – Chicago Sky
  9. Jazmine Jones – Las Vegas Aces
  10. Nadia Fingall – Los Angeles Sparks
  11. Jordan Danberry – Connecticut Sun
  12. Juicy Landrum – Washington Mystics

Women’s College Basketball Player Rankings – Class by Class! Week 16

lindsey pulliam, northwestern

As we end the women’s college basketball regular season comes to a close, more and more upsets occur every week which makes the rankings so hard to make and update for myself as players come in and then are out the next week, etc but as I have stated before in previous rankings post, it sure is fun to watch.

As my rankings are winding down, normally next week would be the final overall rankings post. HOWEVER, because of the nature of upsets this season from many teams, one more week is definitely needed to sort out all of the player rankings, so the FINAL OVERALL Women’s College Basketball Player Rankings will be out Monday, March 9th. Make sure you follow my blog so you can receive the rankings first via email.

Listed below are the top 36 seniors (four players tied!), top 27 juniors, top 18 sophomores and top 11 freshmen (four players were tied!) for the week of February 17th to February 23rd. If you are new to these rankings OR have questions, please read the FAQ page first. If you would like to view last week’s rankings, you may do so here.

SENIORS

  1. Sabrina Ionescu – Oregon
  2. Ruthy Hebard – Oregon
  3. Lauren Cox – Baylor
  4. Amber Melgoza – Washington
  5. Bella Alarie – Princeton
  6. Cameron Onken – Villanova
  7. Kaila Charles – Maryland
  8. Kylee Shook – Louisville
  9. Tyasha Harris – South Carolina
  10. Mikiah Herbert Harrigan – South Carolina
  11. Jazmine Jones – Louisville
  12. Mary Gedaka – Villanova
  13. Brittany Brewer – Texas Tech
  14. Kianna Ray – TCU
  15. Ciara Duffy – South Dakota
  16. Nicki Ekhomu – Florida State
  17. Reili Richardson – Arizona State
  18. Leaonna Odom – Duke
  19. Alexa Willard – Missouri State
  20. Kamiah Smalls – James Madison
  21. Kathleen Doyle – Iowa
  22. Haley Gorecki – Duke
  23. Stephanie Jones – Maryland
  24. Kristen Spolyar – Butler
  25. Jocelyn Willoughby – Virginia
  26. Emma Guy – Boston College
  27. Sara Rhine – Drake & Erica Ogwumike – Rice
  28. Taryn McCutcheon – Michigan State
  29. Juicy Landrum – Baylor
  30. Keri Jewett – Giles – FGCU
  31. Ellie Harmeyer – Belmont
  32. Fallyn Freije – Montana State
  33. DJ Williams – Coastal Carolina
  34. Bailey Greenberg – Drexel
  35. Rebekah Hand – Marist
  36. Stella Johnson – Rider & Ericka Mattingly – UMKC

JUNIORS

  1. Chennedy Carter – Texas A&M
  2. Kiana Williams – Stanford
  3. Lindsey Pulliam – Northwestern
  4. Destiny Slocum – Oregon State
  5. Megan Walker – Connecticut
  6. Kayla Wells – Texas A&M
  7. Rennia Davis – Tennessee
  8. Jasmine Walker – Alabama
  9. Lorela Cubaj – Georgia Tech
  10. Amber Ramirez – Arkansas
  11. Kiara Lewis – Syracuse
  12. Jenna Staiti – Georgia
  13. Selena Lott – Marquette
  14. Lauren Heard – TCU
  15. Ali Patberg – Indiana
  16. Arella Guirantes – Rutgers
  17. Erin Boley – Oregon
  18. Jenn Wirth – Gonzaga
  19. Jill Townsend – Gonzaga
  20. Chloe Lamb – South Dakota
  21. Micaela Kelly – Central Michigan
  22. Chelsey Perry – UT Martin
  23. Abby Kapp – Bucknell
  24. Daniella Hatcher – Bethune – Cookman
  25. Aja Boyd – UNC Greensboro
  26. Maeve Carroll – Maine
  27. Brice Calip – Missouri State

SOPHOMORES

  1. Rhyne Howard – Kentucky
  2. NaLyssa Smith – Baylor
  3. Monika Czinano – Iowa
  4. Naz Hillmon – Michigan
  5. Ashley Joens – Iowa State
  6. Veronica Burton – Northwestern
  7. Andrea Torres – Utah
  8. Elissa Cunane – NC State
  9. Olivia Nelson – Ododa – Connecticut
  10. Jasmine Franklin – Missouri State
  11. Taylor Soule – Boston College
  12. Charli Collier – Texas
  13. Grace Berger – Indiana
  14. Dorka Juhasz – Ohio State
  15. Taylor Mikesell – Maryland
  16. Angel Baker – Wright State
  17. Amber Leggett – Sam Houston State
  18. Luana Serranho – Campbell

FRESHMEN

  1. Zia Cooke – South Carolina
  2. Ayoka Lee – Kansas State
  3. Jaylyn Sherrod – Colorado
  4. Aliyah Boston – South Carolina
  5. Taylor Jones – Oregon State & Jakia Brown- Turner – NC State
  6. Lavender Briggs – Florida
  7. Sam Brunelle – Notre Dame
  8. Alissa Pili – USC
  9. Anna Makurat – Connecticut and Leilani Correa – St. John’s

Women’s College Basketball Player Rankings – Class by Class! Week 15

DJ Williams, coastal carolina

This week was filled with some more upsets of top ranked teams, teams finally winning against ranked opponents and teams winning in the final minutes of the game. It definitely continues the theme of this women’s college basketball season which can be summed up in one word: unpredictable. We only have a few weeks left in conference play, which should make the following weeks even more interesting.

Listed below are the top 36 seniors, the top 27 juniors, the top 18 sophomores and the top 9 freshmen for the week of Feb. 10th to Feb. 16th. If you are a first time reader or have questions, please read the FAQ page first. Click here to view last week’s rankings list.

SENIORS

  1. Ruthy Hebard – Oregon
  2. Sabrina Ionescu – Oregon
  3. Tyasha Harris – South Carolina
  4. Lauren Cox – Baylor
  5. Stephanie Jones – Maryland
  6. Kylee Shook – Louisville
  7. Leaonna Odom – Duke
  8. Hayley Gorecki – Duke
  9. Francesca Pan – Georgia Tech
  10. Chante Stonewall – DePaul
  11. Mikiah Herbert Harrigan – South Carolina
  12. Reili Richardson – Arizona State
  13. Ae’Rianna Harris – Purdue
  14. Crystal Dangerfield – UConn
  15. DJ Williams – Coastal Carolina
  16. Jocelyn Willoughby – Virginia
  17. Peyton Williams – Kansas State
  18. Bella Alarie – Princeton
  19. Alexis Tolefree – Arkansas
  20. Isabelle Spingola – Marquette
  21. Mary Gedaka – Villanova
  22. Abi Scheid – Northwestern
  23. Keri Jewett – Giles – FGCU
  24. Alana Gilmer – Marist
  25. Taylor Edwards – Old Dominion
  26. Kamiah Smalls – James Madison
  27. Kaela Hilaire – Stony Brook
  28. Kay Kay Wright – UCF
  29. Bailey Greenberg – Drexel
  30. Chelsea Brackmann – Bradley
  31. Sydney Nunley – Radford
  32. Kendall Grasela – Pennsylvania
  33. Fallyn Freije – Montana State
  34. Ellie Mack – Bucknell
  35. Nadine Soliman – UNC Greensboro
  36. Nneka Ezeigbo – Robert Morris

JUNIORS

  1. Chennedy Carter- Texas A&M
  2. Kiana Williams – Stanford
  3. Aari McDonald – Arizona
  4. Dana Evans – Louisville
  5. Satou Sabally – Oregon
  6. Kiara Lewis – Syracuse
  7. Megan Walker – UConn
  8. N’dea Jones – Texas A&M
  9. Khayla Pointer – LSU
  10. Jenna Staiti – Georgia
  11. Sam Thomas – Arizona
  12. Mya Hollingshed – Colorado
  13. Chloe Lamb – South Dakota
  14. DiDi Richards – Baylor
  15. Micaela Kelly – Central Michigan
  16. Carlie Littlefield – Princeton
  17. Jenn Wirth – Gonzaga
  18. Raneem Elgedawy – Western Kentucky
  19. Chasity Patterson – Kentucky
  20. Cierra Hall – UC Davis
  21. Tesia Thompson – Southeast Missouri State
  22. Amaya Scott – Bethune Cookman
  23. Araion Bradshaw – Dayton
  24. Ameshya Williams – Jackson State
  25. Myah Pace – San Diego
  26. Jill Townsend – Gonzaga
  27. Maddi Utti – Fresno State

SOPHOMORES

  1. Rhyne Howard – Kentucky
  2. Taylor Soule – Boston College
  3. Sonya Morris – DePaul
  4. Shakira Austin – Maryland
  5. Olivia Nelson – Ododa – UConn
  6. Jessika Carter – Mississippi State
  7. Queen Egbo – Baylor
  8. Veronica Burton – Northwestern
  9. Jasmine Franklin – Missouri State
  10. Kari Niblack – West Virginia
  11. Erica Johnson – Ohio
  12. Ally Niece – Northern Kentucky
  13. Aiyana Johnson – Stephen F. Austin
  14. Ajah Wayne – Old Dominion
  15. Lexi Held – DePaul
  16. Lexi Hull – Stanford
  17. Monika Czinano – Iowa
  18. Emily Engstler – Syracuse

FRESHMEN

  1. Madison Greene – Ohio State
  2. Ashley Owusu – Maryland
  3. Aliyah Boston – South Carolina
  4. Lavender Briggs – Florida
  5. Zia Cooke – South Carolina
  6. Alissa Pili – USC
  7. Elizabeth Kitley – Virginia Tech
  8. Hanna Cavinder – Fresno State
  9. Jada Holland – Grand Canyon

Women’s College Basketball Player Rankings – Class by Class! Week 14

ruthy hebard, oregon ducks,

The women’s college basketball season just keeps on getting more and more intriguing as we wind down the conference season. The Pac-12 conference is by far the toughest conference to play in this season as teams beat up on one another every night yet Oregon was able to turn it on last week and win all of their games. They are looking primed and ready for what is to come during these next few weeks. There are a few names in this week’s edition of the rankings that have not yet made it until this week such as Notre Dame’s Destinee Walker. Notre Dame has struggled mightily this season but were undefeated last week.

Listed below are the top 36 seniors, the top 27 juniors, the top 18 sophomores and the top 9 freshmen for the week of February 3rd to February 9th. Have questions or this is your first time viewing the rankings, please read the FAQ page first. Click here to view last week’s rankings list.

SENIORS

  1. Sabrina Ionescu – Oregon
  2. Ruthy Hebard – Oregon
  3. Kiah Gillespie – Florida State
  4. Kaila Charles – Maryland
  5. Mikiah Herbert Harrigan – South Carolina
  6. Chante Stonewall – DePaul
  7. Mikayla Pivec – Oregon State
  8. Alexis Tolefree – Arkansas
  9. Kathleen Doyle – Iowa
  10. Haley Gorecki – Duke
  11. Bella Alarie – Princeton
  12. Jaylyn Agnew – Creighton
  13. Crystal Dangerfield – UConn
  14. Kelly Campbell – DePaul
  15. Nicki Ekhomu – Florida State
  16. Ciara Duffy – South Dakota
  17. Becca Hittner – Drake
  18. Sug Sutton – Texas
  19. Destinee Walker – Notre Dame
  20. Emma Guy – Boston College
  21. Kristen Spolyar – Butler
  22. Francesca Pan – Georgia Tech
  23. Erica Ogwumike – Rice
  24. Aislinn Konig – NC State
  25. Nasrin Ulel – FGCU
  26. Kamiah Smalls – James Madison
  27. Kaela Hilaire – Stony Brook
  28. Jayla Scaife – Dayton
  29. Tagyn Larson – South Dakota State
  30. Alana Gilmer – Marist
  31. Ellie Mack – Bucknell
  32. Nadine Soliman – UNC Greensboro
  33. Oliana Squires – Montana
  34. Mariah Leonard – Drexel
  35. Hayley Barber – Campbell
  36. Julissa Tago – Hawaii

JUNIORS

  1. Michaela Onyenwere – UCLA
  2. Kiara Lewis – Syracuse
  3. Aari McDonald – Arizona
  4. Satou Sabally – Oregon
  5. Destiny Slocum – Oregon State
  6. N’dea Jones – Texas A&M
  7. Megan Walker – UConn
  8. Brice Calip – Missouri State
  9. Kristin Scott – Iowa State
  10. Lauren Heard – TCU
  11. Ana Llanusa – Oklahoma
  12. Selena Lott – Marquette
  13. Erin Boley – Oregon
  14. Macee Williams – IUPUI
  15. Nancy Mulkey – Rice
  16. Micaela Kelly – Central Michigan
  17. Chelsea Perry – UT Martin
  18. Illmar’I Thomas – Cincinnati
  19. Victoria Morris – Old Dominion
  20. Amaya Scott – Bethune – Cookman
  21. Aly Gamez – Fresno State
  22. Irekpitan Ozzy – Momodu – Robert Morris
  23. Ameshya Williams – Jackson State
  24. Alexus Dye – Troy
  25. Alyssa Mayfield – Stephen F. Austin
  26. Jordyn Edwards – San Diego
  27. India Pagan – Stony Brook

SOPHOMORES

  1. Elissa Cunane – NC State
  2. Monika Czinano – Iowa
  3. Jessika Carter – Mississippi State
  4. NaLyssa Smith – Baylor
  5. Grace Berger – Indiana
  6. Naz Hillmon – Michigan
  7. Cate Reese – Arizona
  8. Sydni Harvey – South Florida
  9. Erica Johnson – Ohio
  10. Sam Simons – Saint Mary
  11. Taylor Mikesell – Maryland
  12. Lexi Held – DePaul
  13. Ashley Joens – Iowa State
  14. Lexie Hull – Stanford
  15. Dorka Juhasz – Ohio State
  16. Dara Mabrey – Virginia Tech
  17. Maeva Djaldi – Tabdi – Syracuse
  18. Queen Egbo – Baylor

FRESHMEN

  1. Ashley Owusu – Maryland
  2. Rickea Jackson – Mississippi State
  3. Aliyah Boston – South Carolina
  4. Brynna Maxwell – Utah
  5. Kierstan Bell – Ohio State
  6. Jasmine Powell – Minnesota
  7. Madison Siegrist – Villanova
  8. Zia Cooke – South Carolina
  9. Ashten Prechtel – Stanford

Canada ends their FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament with win over Japan

miah-marie langlois

The Canadian Senior Women’s Team ended their FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament 3-0 as they narrowly defeated a fierce opponent in Japan. Japan, who has already qualified for the Olympics due to being the host nation did not make this game easy for the Canadians.

They tested the Canadians and the two sides continued to battle back and forth all game. Team Canada was led in scoring by Kia Nurse who had 19 points and Natalie Achonwa had another strong game in scoring with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Achonwa was named to the All Star 5 after the game. Belgian star and Washington Mystics player Emma Meeseman was named the tournament MVP.

It was a hard fought victory for Team Canada and in previous years, that would have been a loss. Yet, Canada’s resolve to finish undefeated stayed strong and they were able to weather the storm when Japan had a chance to win the game on a three pointer (although it would not count if it did go in). Canada had to earn this victory and they should feel good about themselves because even with nothing on the line, they still managed to win the game.

Japan, should also be credited as they are getting ready to host the Olympic Games. That is a tough squad and with more practice, they should be a dark horse favourite for a possible Olympic medal. The Canadian Senior Women’s National Team will now disperse and go back to their respective overseas teams/colleges/back to Canada.

Canadians should get behind this team as this is possibly the best team Canada has ever assembled with a mix of youth, veterans and defense. They should watch the games and cheer them on when the Tokyo 2020 Olympics begin.