2021 WNBA Mock Draft Version 1.0

Charli Collier - Texas women's basketball

It’s that time of year again! The WNBA Draft is in three months, which means it’s time to start releasing my version of the WNBA Mock Drafts. This draft class is not as deep or strong as last year’s class and some players may or may not change their mind about staying an extra year so there’s a layer of uncertainty surrounding the draft this year. It’s not as clear cut as it was in previous years. With a ton of cancellations/postponements in the women’s college basketball season, a lot of coaches/GM’s can’t evaluate players as well as they would like, so it shall be interesting on how they draft players this year.

I have put explanations for the top 5 picks and left the rest in ranking form. Keep in mind, I will have three more versions of this draft before a final WNBA Mock Draft that will come out one week before the actual draft. As always, I look forward to reading your comments / disagreements on my WNBA Mock Draft, so comment away and let me know what you think of my first version of the WNBA Mock Draft.

2021 WNBA MOCK DRAFT VERSION 1.0

FIRST ROUND

  1. New York Liberty – Charli Collier – Texas

The New York Liberty have the first pick for the second straight year after they selected Sabrina Ionescu with the first pick last year. For the first overall pick, teams should select the best player available regardless of position. This year, that player is Charli Collier from Texas. She’s got a ton of potential to be really great and a future star player. She will not be as pro ready as Sabrina Ionescu or some other former No. 1 overall picks, but she is, in my opinion, the best player to be taken overall and the Liberty should pick her.

2. Dallas Wings – Aari McDonald – Arizona

The Dallas Wings are loaded with so many talented young players and are a team on the rise. They’ve got promising young stars in Bella Alarie, Arike Ogunbowale, Satou Sabally, just to name a few. As the team that will pick second, it’s hard to ignore the talent of Aari McDonald and is just too hard to pass up. Aari McDonald is a great scorer and has become better every year and has helped Arizona reach top 10 in the AP rankings and put Arizona on the map. Aari McDonald won’t be asked for a lot as the Wings already have a loaded roster, but she can help the bench and give them a good guard off the bench. She may or may not get minutes right away, but is absolutely deserving of the second overall pick.

3. Atlanta Dream – Rennia Davis – Tennessee

The Atlanta Dream have a mix of a ton of great veteran forwards in Elizabeth Williams, Glory Johnson as well as young forwards/centers in Monique Billings and Kalani Brown. However, they could still use some great back up off the bench and for the third overall pick, that belongs to Rennia Davis of Tennessee. She has gotten better over the years and has been a consistent and steady player for the Lady Vols this season. The Dream could always use some help in the center/forward position off the bench and Rennia Davis is the perfect player for it.

4. Indiana Fever – Dana Evans – Louisville

The Indiana Fever have some great young star guards in Kelsey Mitchell, Tiffany Mitchell, Julie Allemand and veteran star Erica Wheeler. However, they could use a point guard off the bench to help lead the bench and this where Dana Evans comes in. Dana Evans has been on a tear lately to help lead Louisville and she’s been the leading guard off some very promising young future star freshmen in Hailey Van Lith and Oliva Cochran. She’s been a great leader for them and she can help do the same for the Indiana Fever. She may or may not get minutes right away and she may struggle early as some rookies do, but she is a great fit for the Indiana Fever.

5. Dallas Wings (via the Washington Mystics) – Awak Kuier – Finland

The Dallas Wings already have the second pick and now are selecting fifth overall. Awak Kuier of Finland is just 19 years old and has already garnered so much attention overseas in international competition. She has just got some potential that it’s hard to see her not drafted top 5. She may or may not go earlier than fifth overall but if the Wings get lucky, they definitely should draft her despite being already loaded at the forward/center position. Since this season be filled with uncertainty, there’s a chance she may not show up at all and the Wings could have her next season. We just don’t know yet. But we do know that, there have been great international picks in the past (Liz Cambage and Lauren Jackson) come to mind and Awak Kuier seems to be another future great international draft pick.

6. Phoenix Mercury – Michaela Onyen

7. Dallas Wings – Arella Guirantes –

8. Chicago Sky – Destiny Slocum –

9. Minnesota Lynx – N’dea Jones-

10. Los Angeles Sparks – Janelle Bailey –

11. Seattle Storm – Chelsea Dungee –

12. Las Vegas Aces – Kiana Williams –

SECOND ROUND

  1. Dallas Wings – Ciera Johnson – Texas A&M
  2. Indiana Fever – Jenna Staiti – Georgia
  3. Atlanta Dream – Aaliyah Wilson – Texas A&M
  4. Dallas Wings – Natasha Mack – Oklahoma State
  5. New York Liberty – Kysre Gondrezick – West Virginia
  6. Connecticut Sun – Jaelynn Penn – Indiana
  7. Chicago Sky – Erin Boley – Oregon
  8. Connecticut Sun – Chloe Bibby – Maryland
  9. Indiana Fever – Destiny Pitts – Texas A&M
  10. Los Angeles Sparks – Hailey Brown – Michigan
  11. Seattle Storm – Ali Patberg – Indiana
  12. Las Vegas Aces – Kristin Scott – Iowa State

THIRD ROUND

  1. New York Liberty – Kayla Jones – NC State
  2. Indiana Fever – Didi Richards- Baylor
  3. Atlanta Dream – Que Morrison – Georgia
  4. Dallas Wings – Jenn Wirth – Gonzaga
  5. New York Liberty – Nancy Mulkey – Rice
  6. Connecticut – Bethy Mununga – South Florida
  7. Chicago Sky – Lindsey Pulliam – Northwestern
  8. Phoenix Mercury – Jasmine Walker – Alabama
  9. Minnesota Lynx – Lauren Heard – TCU
  10. Los Angeles Sparks – Moon Ursin – Baylor
  11. Seattle Storm – Jill Townsend – Gonzaga
  12. Las Vegas Aces – Lexi Gordon – Texas Tech

Women’s College Basketball Players Rankings – Class by Class! Week 5 *shortened version*

Nyara Sabally - University of Oregon

Happy holidays everyone! With the holidays in full swing and with postponements and cancellations due to COVID-19, it was a short week so instead of the usual lists, it has been has shortened and will resume to the normal list next week.

Listed below are the top 20 seniors, the top 15 juniors, the top 10 sophomores and the top 5 freshmen for the week of December 21st to December 27th. You can view last week’s rankings here. Have questions? First time viewing the rankings? The FAQ page can help you out!

SENIORS

  1. Michaela Onyenwere – UCLA
  2. Arella Guirantes – Rutgers
  3. Natasha Mack – Oklahoma State
  4. Destiny Slocum – Arkansas
  5. Jaelynn Penn – Indiana
  6. Erin Boley – Oregon
  7. Aari McDonald – Arizona
  8. Kysre Gondrezick – West Virginia
  9. Lexi Gordon – Texas Tech
  10. Lindsey Pulliam – Northwestern
  11. LeeAnne Wirth – Gonzaga
  12. Kiana Williams – Stanford
  13. Lauren Heard – TCU
  14. Selena Lott – Marquette
  15. Blanca Millan – Maine
  16. Gabby Connally – Georgia
  17. Micaela Kelly – Central Michigan
  18. Bethy Mununga – South Florida
  19. Dee Bekelja – DePaul
  20. Jenn Wirth – Gonzaga

JUNIORS

  1. Charli Collier – Texas
  2. Sonya Morris – DePaul
  3. Christyn Williams – Connecticut
  4. Olivia Nelson – Ododa – Connecticut
  5. Veronica Burton – Northwestern
  6. Sydni Harvey – South Florida
  7. Nia Clouden – Michigan State
  8. Evina Westbrook – Connecticut
  9. Monika Czinano – Iowa
  10. Kayana Traylor – Purdue
  11. Myah Selland – South Dakota State
  12. Cate Reese – Arizona
  13. Joanne Allen-Taylor – Texas
  14. Yummy Morris – TCU
  15. Kassidy De Lapp – Oklahoma State

SOPHOMORES

  1. Nyara Sabally – Oregon
  2. Kierstan Bell – FGCU
  3. Francesca Belibi – Stanford
  4. Lavender Briggs – Florida
  5. Quinesha Lockett – Toledo
  6. Dyaisha Fair – Buffalo
  7. Zya Nugent – Stephen F. Austin
  8. Abbey Ellis – Cal Poly
  9. Heaven Hamling – North Dakota State
  10. Haley Jones – Stanford

FRESHMEN

  1. Caitlin Clark – Iowa
  2. Charlisse Leger-Walker – Washington State/Diamond Johnson – Rutgers
  3. Emily Ryan – Iowa State
  4. Paige Bueckers – Connecticut
  5. Katie Scott – Grand Canyon/Lexi Fleming – Bowling Green/Cameron Brink – Stanford

Women’s College Basketball Player Rankings – Class by Class! Week 1

charli collier, texas

The first week of the women’s college basketball season has now ended and it has been very interesting. This is not going to be a normal year and many games have been cancelled or postponed this week. Which means a lot of players have yet to make their debut or have not played many games in the opening week. You will probably see more players in here that haven’t been on the rankings list for a while or if, ever. These players got the opportunity due to the stated reasons above. It will make these rankings a bit different from what you have seen in the past years from myself.

Listed below are the top 36 seniors, the top 27 juniors, the top 18 sophomores and the top 9 freshmen for the week of Nov. 25th to Nov. 29th. If you would like to view the pre season’s rankings list, you may do so here. If you have any questions, please read the FAQ page.

– Aneela

SENIORS

  1. N’dea Jones – Texas A&M
  2. Lauren Heard – TCU
  3. Dana Evans – Louisville
  4. Aari McDonald – Arizona
  5. Kysre Gondrezick – West Virginia
  6. Vivian Gray – Texas Tech
  7. Michaela Onyenwere – UCLA
  8. Kai Crutchfield – NC State
  9. Tiana Mangakahia – Syracuse
  10. Kiana Williams – Stanford
  11. Cece Hooks – Ohio
  12. Nancy Mulkey – Rice
  13. Chasity Patterson – Kentucky
  14. Mya Hollingshed – Colorado
  15. Arella Guirantes – Rutgers
  16. Erin Whalen – Dayton
  17. Jade Williams – Duke
  18. Ariyah Copeland – Alabama
  19. Petra Holesinska – North Carolina
  20. Unique Thompson – Auburn
  21. Tamara Farquhar – Purdue
  22. Kiara Smith – Florida
  23. Haley Greer – South Dakota State
  24. Caitlyn Hibner – Green Bay
  25. Kelsey Marshall – Miami
  26. Kelly Jekot – Penn State
  27. Raven Farley – St. John’s
  28. Hannah Nihill – Drexel
  29. Brandi Bisping – Milwaukee
  30. Britney Thomas – California Baptist
  31. Myah LeFlore – Austin Peay
  32. Deshawna Harper – Alabama A&M
  33. Jordyn Dawson – Akron
  34. Jada Duncantell – New Orleans
  35. Michaela Porter- Appalachian State
  36. Dora Goles – Idaho State

JUNIORS

  1. Charli Collier – Texas
  2. Naz Hillmon – Michigan
  3. Destanni Henderson – South Carolina
  4. NaLyssa Smith – Baylor
  5. Grace Berger – Indiana
  6. Cate Reese – Arizona
  7. Lexi Hull – Stanford
  8. Taylor Soule – Boston College
  9. Taylor Mikesell – Oregon
  10. Nia Clouden – Michigan State
  11. Erica Johnson – Ohio
  12. Caitlin Bickle – Baylor
  13. Jessika Carter – Mississippi State
  14. Jayla Everett – Pittsburgh
  15. Beatriz Jordao – South Florida
  16. Rae Burrell – Tennessee
  17. Victaria Saxton – South Carolina
  18. Ja’Mee Asberry – Oklahoma State
  19. Neila Luma – George Washington
  20. Taya Hanson – Arizona State
  21. Madi Miller – Abilene Christian
  22. Tori Williams – Colorado State
  23. Da’Ja Hamilton – Nevada
  24. Kennedi Shorts – Grand Canyon
  25. Amber Leggett – Sam Houston State
  26. Aja Blount – Coastal Carolina
  27. Josie Williams – Utah Valley

SOPHOMORES

  1. Zia Cooke – South Carolina
  2. Aliyah Boston – South Carolina
  3. Taylor Jones – Oregon State
  4. Haley Jones – Stanford
  5. Jada Boyd – NC State
  6. Maddy Siegrist – Villanova
  7. Charisma Osborne – UCLA
  8. Mackenzie Holmes – Indiana
  9. Hayley Frank – Missouri
  10. Rickea Jackson – Mississippi State
  11. Ayoka Lee – Kansas State
  12. Holly Kersgieter – Kansas
  13. Elizabeth Kitley – Virginia Tech
  14. Camryn Taylor – Marquette
  15. Sydney Hilliard – Wisconsin
  16. Jacy Sheldon – Ohio State
  17. Sedona Prince – Oregon
  18. Katia Gallegos – UTEP

FRESHMEN

  1. Caitlin Clark – Iowa
  2. Hailey Van Lith – Louisville
  3. Amaya Oliver – USC
  4. Olivia Cochran – Louisville
  5. Tameiya Sadler – Washington
  6. Gabby Elliott – Clemson
  7. Lexi Fleming – Bowling Green
  8. Cameron Brink – Stanford
  9. Sitori Tanin – Loyola Chicago

Women’s College Basketball Players Rankings – Class by Class! Week 7 *shortened version*

Wow. What a week. The women’s college basketball season is very interesting because every time a team takes over the #1 overall spot, they seem to lose. Stanford was the latest casualty as Texas won an impressive game yesterday. With the holiday season just about to start, the rankings are shortened this week as well. There is a very good chance certain teams and players are not on the rankings this week. There is also a very good chance that your favourite player may not be on the list either. It’s tough to cut down with so many good women’s college basketball players, but do not worry.  The regular rankings return next week.

If you are a first time reader or have questions regarding the rankings, please read the FAQ page first. Click here for last week’s rankings.

Listed below are the top 20 seniors, the top 15 juniors, the top 10 sophomores and the top 5 freshmen for the week of Dec. 16th to Dec 22nd.

SENIORS

  1. Sabrina Ionescu – Oregon
  2. Crystal Dangerfield – Connecticut
  3. Kiah Gillespie –  Florida State
  4. Beatrice Mompremier – Miami
  5. Joyner Holmes – Texas
  6. Juicy Landrum – Baylor
  7. Brittany Brewer – Texas Tech
  8. Alexis Tolefree – Arkansas
  9. Taja Cole – Virginia Tech
  10. Mikayla Pivec – Oregon State
  11. Makenzie Meyer – Iowa
  12. Blair Watson – Maryland
  13. Jordan Danberry – Mississippi State
  14. Kylee Shook – Louisville
  15. Kayla Overbeck – USC
  16. Kristen Spolyar – Butler
  17. Katie Campbell – Gonzaga
  18. Rachel Thompson – Colgate
  19. Ja’Tavia Tapley – Arizona State
  20. Dominique Golightly – Abilene Christian

JUNIORS

  1. Megan Walker – Connecticut
  2. Michaela Onyenwere – UCLA
  3. Chennedy Carter – Texas A&M
  4. Aari McDonald – Arizona
  5. Destiny Slocum – Oregon State
  6. LeLe Grissett – South Carolina
  7. Lauryn Miller – UCLA
  8. Kysre Gondrezick – West Virginia
  9. Vivian Gray – Oklahoma State
  10. Lindsey Pulliam – Northwestern
  11. Karli Rucker – Northern Iowa
  12. Erin Boley – Oregon
  13. Destiny Pitts – Minnesota
  14. Carlie Littlefield – Princeton
  15. Petra Holesinka – Illinois

SOPHOMORES

  1. Charli Collier – Texas
  2. Olivia Nelson – Ododa – Connecticut
  3. Rhyne Howard – Kentucky
  4. Lexie Hull – Stanford
  5. Aubrey Knight – Colorado
  6. Elissa Cunane – NC State
  7. Brooklyn Mitchell – Kansas
  8. Leigha Brown – Nebraska
  9. NaLyssa Smith – Baylor
  10. Ajah Wayne – Old Dominion

FRESHMEN

  1. Koi Love – Vanderbilt
  2. Zia Cooke – South Carolina
  3. River Baldwin – Florida State
  4. Malu Tshitenge – North Carolina
  5. Kayla Padilla – Pennsylvania