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.
- 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
- Kathleen Doyle – New York Liberty
- Jocelyn Willoughby – Minnesota Lynx
- Mikayla Pivec – Dallas Wings
- Mikiah Herbert Harrigan – Indiana Fever
- Joyner Holmes – Atlanta Dream
- Haley Gorecki – Phoenix Mercury
- Nicki Ekhomu – Seattle Storm
- Sara Rhine – Los Angeles Sparks
- Becca Hittner – Dallas Wings
- Japreece Dean – Los Angeles Sparks
- Stephanie Jones – Connecticut Sun
- Brittany Brewer – Washington Mystics
- Nausia Woolfolk – Atlanta Dream
- Ciara Duffy – New York Liberty
- Leaonna Odom – Atlanta Dream
- Taryn McCutcheon – Indiana Fever
- Ja’Tavia Tapley – Phoenix Mercury
- Reili Richardson – Chicago Sky
- Katie Campbell – Seattle Storm
- Kylee Shook – Chicago Sky
- Jazmine Jones – Las Vegas Aces
- Nadia Fingall – Los Angeles Sparks
- Jordan Danberry – Connecticut Sun
- Juicy Landrum – Washington Mystics