WNBA Rookie Report: Mid season updates of Satou Sabally, Crystal Dangerfield, Julie Allemand and more. Weeks 2-4.

Crystal Dangerfield, Minnesota Lynx rookie

The WNBA has now passed the mid season and it is now time to update on all of the rookies that have played and to give an update from their first week as a rookie. Some rookies have shined, others got injured, some did not get enough playing time, etc. We have it all covered for you from the WNBA Rookie Report committee members Teylor Haines, Blake O’Tain and myself (Aneela Khan). The rookies are reported on by their draft order.

Sabrina Ionescu

Sabrina Ionescu suffered an ankle injury and left the WNBA bubble a couple of weeks ago. She is officially considered out for the rest of the season which puts a sour note on her rookie year. – Aneela

Satou Sabally

Satou Sabally has shined for Dallas at the mid season point. She has played almost about 27 minutes per game and has averaged 12.3 points per game, 7.5 rebounds per game and the most impressive stat is her 2.3 assists per game. Satou Sabally has only played in 11 out of 15 Dallas Wings games but she has been super productive in the games she has played. She also has 3 double doubles on the season so far. She still is one of the leading candidates for Rookie of the Year – Aneela

Lauren Cox

Cox has now played in 10 games for the Fever. She is still adjusting to the quicker play in the WNBA. She’s averaging 3.4 points per game, and 3.7 rebounds per game (3rd among rookies). Cox is still adjusting but has shown some bright spots so far. – Blake

Chennedy Carter

Chennedy Carter was the youngest player to score 30+ points in a game, a loss to Seattle. Carter was the clear front runner to win ROY prior to her ankle injury on August 10, but has been sidelined since. Carter’s explosiveness and playmaking ability being void from Atlanta’s offense has made them appear stagnant. She’s expected to return within this week. – Teylor

Bella Alarie

Alarie has appeared in 15 games averaging 2.3 points per game and 3.3 rebounds per game. Bella is also averaging 1.1 blocks per game, 2nd among rookies. Alarie has still been unable to drain a 3 in the WNBA. She has continued to develop and provide some key minutes for Dallas. – Blake

Mikiah Herbert-Harrigan

Mikiah Herbert-Harrigan is a shooter. In the limited minutes that she touches the floor that has been the overall consensus. “Kiki McBuckets” as Napheesa Collier has recently coined her is shooting over 46 percent from behind the arc. The most impressive part is that Herbert-Harrigan has an ability to take you off the dribble and handle it well enough to what ever shot she likes. – Teylor

Tyasha Harris

Ty Harris has been one of more steady rookies even with the minutes distribution within the Wings rotation not always favoring her. The recent news of Jefferson being sidelined for the rest of the season allows for Ty to run the show for that second unit. Her vision on dribble drive sets with the intent to kick it out has fit perfectly with Mabrey and Ogunbowale’s gameplay. Harris is averaging 7 points per game and nearly 3 assists. –Teylor

Ruthy Hebard

Ruthy Hebard has found playing time in a loaded, but banged up Chicago front court averaging 14 minutes in the last five outings even snagging a start versus Atlanta. Hebard’s movement without the ball and her knack for grabbing offensive boards has been put on full display. Ruthy’s effectiveness in her short minutes on the court has make Coach Wade feel as though she’s a viable option to make plays down the stretch. Hebard is averaging 4.3 points per game along with 3.2 rebounds per game. – Teylor

Megan Walker

Walker has appeared in 12 games for the Liberty. She’s averaging  3.7 points and 1.3 boards per game. She has really struggled from the 3 point line, only 13% from 3. Walker is still a year behind all the other rookies, so look for her to come on at the end of this season, or next season. – Blake

Jocelyn Willoughby

 Is averaging 5.1 points, and 1.9 rebounds per game. Willoughby is shooting 40% from 3. Willoughby has been making very strong contributions on this very young Liberty team. – Blake

Jazmine Jones

Jones is a rookie that has really found her rhythm this season. She’s averaging 10.5 points per game, ranked 4th among rookies. Averaging 3.4 rebounds which also ranks 4th among rookies. 1.3 steals per game, 2nd among rookies. Jones has really picked up for the Liberty since Ionescu went down with an ankle injury. – Blake

Kylee Shook

Kylee Shook is surprisingly doing more on the offensive end of the ball than what she was known for, but necessarily at an efficient rate. Her mid-range game is for sure the most developed part of her game. Shook has to get better at defending in the post or she becomes liability defensively for New York when their vets rest. – Teylor

Kathleen Doyle

Doyle has played in 10 games so far. She has 1.6 points per game, on 25% from the field, and 28% from 3. It’s been a rough go for Doyle so far. In this shortened season it makes it a lot tougher for rookie, kind of thrown into the fire with no preseason. – Blake

Leaonna Odom

Leaonna Odom has played in all 14 New York Liberty games so far and she is averaging about 5.3 points per game, 2.4 rebounds per game in around 22 minutes per game. She has also been a starter for 9 games (out of 14 games played so far). She has looked good some games, not so great in others and is still feeling her way through her rookie season.-Aneela

Crystal Dangerfield

Crystal Dangerfield has excelled as a point guard for Minnesota at the halfway point. She is currently one of the top leading candidates for Rookie of the Year after some injuries to the top rookies. She has played in all 13 Lynx games and has been a starter for 11 of them. She is currently averaging 14.6 points per game and 3.2 assists per game in just under 29 minutes per game. She had a career high 29 points and 4 assists in a loss recently against the Los Angeles Sparks, a top 3 team. She just gets better and better every game. -Aneela

Brittany Brewer

Brittany Brewer has not gotten minutes for the Atlanta Dream, even as the Dream sit in 11th place out of 12th right now. She has not been able to make an impact as she has only played in 4 games so far. – Aneela

Te’a Cooper

Te’a Cooper does a lot of things that don’t always show up on the stat sheet and I believe that will either keep her on L.A.’s roster next season or she’ll get picked up elsewhere. Cooper has not scored much as of late, but her entry passes and ability to run point to rest Gray has been vital for the contending team. However, Te’a does have to improve her finishing at the basket and not just aim for creating contact. On the defensive side of the ball, Cooper continues to make life hard for opposing guards with her tenacious defense. -Teylor

Joyner Holmes

Holmes has played in 12 games, and averaged 2.7 points per game, and 2.1 rebounds per game. She is only shooting 7% from 3. I think Holmes is going to have to get that 3 pointer to go down to see more playing time. In this new Walt Hopkins system, shooting lots of 3s. -Blake

Beatrice Mompremier

Beatrice Mompremier has gotten limited playing time for the Connecticut Sun as the Sun have turned their season around after they got off to a bad start and has had some good, not so great games when she has more playing time. She’s still finding her way in the WNBA and still needs time to adjust to the WNBA. – Aneela

Kaila Charles

Charles has played in 13 games. She’s averaging 3.5 points and 1.7 rebounds per game. She’s now shooting 42% from the field, and 33% from 3. These shooting percentages are a huge improvement since our last rookie reports. She’s definitely developing into a good option off the bench for Connecticut. – Blake

Jaylyn Agnew

Jaylyn Agnew hasn’t seen much time on the court despite Atlanta being down a guard, specifically not playing at all in the last two games. Agnew is averaging nearly 7 minutes of playing time in her 10 games played. – Teylor

Stella Johnson

Stella Johnson was cut by the Chicago Sky and was quickly picked up by Washington. Johnson went from playing less than two minutes a game through eight games to starting for the Mystics in just two. Stella marked career-highs in points(25), minutes played (31), and field goals made (8) versus Atlanta. With this young Mystics team that doesn’t have a legit number one option, look for the Rider grad to make some more noise in her rookie campaign. – Teylor

Ezi Magbegor

Ezi Magbegor has played in all 15 Seattle Storm games and has looked good in her limited minutes of play. She is currently averaging 6.3 points per game and 2.5 rebounds per game in only 13 minutes per game. She is one of the future stars for the Seattle Storm and is getting better every game. – Aneela

Julie Allemand

Allemand has had an excellent rookie campaign so far. She’s averaging 5.5 assists per game which is the most by a rookie, and second in the league. Julie is shooting 48.2% from 3 which is 4th best in the WNBA. She is getting 1.5 steals per game which is first among rookies. Allemand is averaging 8.4 points per game which ranks 5th among rookies. Julie should definitely be in the rookie of the year conversation. -Blake

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

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

2019 WNBA Mock Draft Version 1.0

The WNBA Draft is coming up in three months and with that in mind, I have released the first version of my WNBA Mock Draft. These versions of the mock draft will be updated monthly. Also, after the NCAA Tournament, the mock drafts will be updated weekly until the actual WNBA Draft.

NOTE:**This first version of the draft does not include international players and will be included in the next version. It also does not include possible early declaration players and possible WNBA Free Agency movement which impacts the draft. That will be in the later versions of the draft which will be out in March or April.

ROUND ONE

  1. Kalani Brown – Las Vegas Aces
  2. Asia Durr – New York Liberty
  3. Katie Lou Samuelson – Indiana Fever
  4. Napheesa Collier – Chicago Sky
  5. Teaira McCowan – Dallas Wings
  6. Jessica Shepard – Minnesota Lynx
  7. Arike Ogunbowale – Los Angeles Sparks
  8. Megan Gustafson – Phoenix Mercury
  9. Sophie Cunningham – Connecticut Sun
  10. Alanna Smith – Washington Mystics
  11. Kristine Anigwe – Atlanta Dream
  12. Brianna Turner – Seattle Storm

ROUND TWO

  1. Natisha Hiedeman – Phoenix Mercury
  2. Marina Mabrey – New York Liberty
  3. Kianna Ibis – Chicago Sky
  4. Anriel Howard – Minnesota Lynx
  5. Maci Morris – Washington Mystics
  6. Kenisha Bell – Minnesota Lynx
  7. Danni Williams – Los Angeles Sparks
  8. Hallie Thome – Minnesota Lynx
  9. Jenna Allen – Michigan State
  10. Kennedy Burke – Washington Mystics
  11. Bridget Carleton – Atlanta Dream
  12. Kennedy Leonard – Seattle Storm

ROUND THREE

  1. Kayla Goth – Indiana Fever
  2. Maite Cazorla – New York Liberty
  3. Allazia Blockton – Chicago Sky
  4. Kitjia Laksa – Indiana Fever
  5. Amy Okonkwo – Dallas Wings
  6. Ciara Duffy – Minnesota Lynx
  7. Morgan Bertsch – Los Angeles Sparks
  8. Laura Stockton – Phoenix Mercury
  9. Teniya Page – Connecticut Sun
  10. Kiara Leslie – Washington Mystics
  11. Rosemarie Julien – Atlanta Dream
  12. Zykera Rice – Seattle Storm

WNBA Draft Lottery — Who will win the #1 overall pick?

The 2019 WNBA Draft Lottery will take place tonight during half time of the WNBA semi final game 2 (Washington vs Atlanta). The four worst teams in the league this season have the opportunity to grab a great college player in yet another deep WNBA draft class.

The four worst teams this season were the Indiana Fever, Chicago Sky, Las Vegas Aces and the New York Liberty. The lottery rules have shifted and instead of the 1 year record, it now accounts for 2 years (or seasons). So, this means that the Fever and the Sky have the best odds of landing a top 2 pick. The Las Vegas Aces improved significantly this season but can still land a top 3 pick. The “worst” odds out of all the teams belongs to the New York Liberty. The Liberty were great in 2017, and that great year will affect them for this draft lottery. However, it should be noted that finishing fourth in this year’s lottery is not that bad. There are a ton of talented players available and the Liberty should fare well.

Keeping all that in mind, I believe that lottery drawings are a luck of the draw. The Indiana Fever REALLY need this top pick and would be thrilled to have it. However, I do not think the Fever will win tonight. I have a feeling it will be the Chicago Sky who come away with the #1 overall pick. I think the Fever will pick #2, the Aces at #3 and the Liberty at #4 overall. (I could be totally wrong, and it could just be the Fever who finally manage to win the #1 overall pick)

Whatever team will end up winning the #1 overall pick in 2019, they will have plenty of talented senior college players to choose from. Players such as Teaira McCowan, Asia Durr, Arike Ogunbowale, Katie Lou Samuelson, Napheesa Collier, Kalani Brown and more. I tracked all of the college players for two years running and here was the latest on who the top overall junior player was for 2018.

This could change a WNBA teams fortune. So, who do you think will win the #1 overall pick? Tune in tonight to find out!