The WNBA Draft is upon us, and there are many excellent prospects available to be drafted. I kick off my draft coverage with the top five, frontcourt, wings, and point guards in the WNBA Draft.
Top Five Front Court Players
Charlie Collier 6-5 Texas
Collier averaged 19.0 points and 11.3 rebounds per game for Texas this past season. She has a solid post-up game with the ability to face up and take the defender off the dribble. Collier has shown the ability to take make three’s occasionally, but she will make her living on the inside in the WNBA. Collier struggled a bit in the NCAA Tournament; sometimes, Texas could not get the ball inside to her when she had good position, and Collier was frustrated. On the WNBA level, she must continue to improve her post-up play and become a more significant force on defense.
Awak Kuier 6-4 Finland
Kuier is very athletic and has a high ceiling on the WNBA level. In the Italian League, Kuier averaged 9.6 points and 7.6 rebounds; she shot 50% from the field and 36.1% from beyond the arc. Kuier can score inside and stretch the floor with her outside shooting ability. The forward can also handle the ball and score off the dribble and dish out assist when needed. Kuier could be the real deal for whoever drafts her.
Natasha Mack 6-4 Oklahoma State
For who im really high, Natasha Mack is a player i think will be a force in the WNBA. With her ability to defend, Mack blocked four shots per game. Mack is also an outstanding rebounder averaging 12.4 to go along with 19.8 points per game. Natasha is Oklahoma State’s all-time leader in block shots, and i can see her possibly getting multiple Defensive Player of the Year Awards in the WNBA. Mack can also score in the post; she needs to have a more aggressive mindset. The forward will be a great addition to a time looking for front-line help.
Jasmine Walker 6-3 Alabama
Walker can shoot the basketball; she shot 39.8 % from three-point land and attempts about seven threes per game. Walker is a good spot shooter with a quick and high release. She will be an excellent spot-up shooter and pick and pop player for a WNBA team. Also, Walker can guard both forward positions on the defensive end of the floor. With her play this year, Walker moves up draft boards quickly; it will be interesting to see where she goes.
Iliana Rupert 6-4 France
Rupert is an international prospect from France; she is exceptional in the post. Rupert can finish over both shoulders in post-up situations as well as finish with both hands. She also moves well without the basketball, which will make her an exceptional pick and roll player. Rupert has also shown the ability to handle the ball in the open floor and looks very athletic. The France star could be a steal for a team looking for front-court help.
Top Five Wings
Rennia Davis F Tennessee
Davis is a 6-2 forward that can score from all over the floor; she struggles from three-point land, shooting just 26%. Davis will need to improve that, but inside the three-point line, Davis can get buckets. The forward averaged 17.8 points per and 8.8 rebounds per game. What sets Davis apart from other wings is she can defend at a very high level.
Arella Guirantes G Rutgers
Guirantes is consistent scoring; she averaged 21.3 points per game this year for Rutgers. Guirantes averaged 6.0 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game. The guard can shoot from outside, shooting 37% from beyond the arc; she can help stretch the floor for whatever teams draft her. The 5.2 assist proves she can create offense for herself and also her teammates.
Chelsea Dungee G Arkansas
Dungee is one of my favorite players in the draft; she is a dynamic scorer averaging 22.3 points per game on 42.4% shooting from the field and 38.7% from three-point land. Along with her outside shooting, Dungee attacks that basket with authority and knows how to get to the free-throw line.
Michaela Onyenwere F UCLA
Onyenwere is a solid athletic forward who can score the basketball. She averaged 19.2 points and 7.2 rebounds per game for UCLA last season. Onyenwere made 23 three-pointers last year; if she can improve on that, she could take her game to the next level. With her athletic ability, she should be a fantastic defender.
DiJonai Carrington G Baylor
Carrington averaged 14.1 points and 4.9 rebounds for Baylor this year. She also shot 42.6% from the field, and she is solid physically. Although she shot just 28.5% from three, she is a capable shooter from the outside; with more practice, she could become a reliable threat from beyond the arc.
Top Five Point Guards
Aari McDonald PG Arizona
McDonald had an impressive NCAA Tournament run, helping her draft stock; this year, McDonald won Pac-12 Player and Defensive Player of the Year. She averages 20.6 points per game and has excellent speed, knows how to lead, and is an incredible player maker. Some people question her size and outside shooting ability.
Dana Evans PG Louisville
Evans is a big-time player, averaging 20.1 points, and she can shoot the three at 35%. Evans has a quick release and can play off the ball. The point guard will be a massive asset to whoever drafts her. I think Evans will have an outstanding career in the WNBA.
Kiana Williams PG Stanford
Williams is a floor general type point guard that can score the basketball, she did struggle in the Final Four, but she is a solid player. Williams makes good decisions with the basketball, and she can shoot the three; the point guard shot 38% from three this season and led Stanford in scoring with 14 points per game.
Shyla Heal PG Australia
Heal is a point guard that plays with a scorer mentality and can shoot the ball. On defense, Heal can harras you with full-court pressure, and she is good on off-ball defense as well.
Destiny Slocum PG Arkansas
Slocum averaged 15 points per game and shot 39% from three-point land. Slocum can is good at creating shots for her teammates as well as for herself. A player like Slocum would be a steal in the second round of the draft.