2019 WNBA Draft Guide

Welcome to the BBall Index 2019 WNBA Draft Guide. This guide features highlights, strengths and concerns for our top 36 prospects (and highlights for the top 25). Bookmark this as a go-to source leading up to the 2019 WNBA Draft on April 10.

This doubles as a big board. Prospects are ranked as they’d appear in a final version of the BBall Index 2019 WNBA Draft Big Board, version 4.0.

See where each prospect lands in the final BBall Index mock draft (version 4.0). Player heights obtained via official team roster pages. Stats obtained via Her Hoop Stats unless otherwise cited.

1. Jackie Young

6-foot-0 Guard/Wing, Notre Dame, Tier 1

Big, physical playmaking guard that lives in the paint

An attempt at a current WNBA analog: part Angel McCoughtry’s physicality, part Kayla McBride’s downhill game

In the right situation: longtime starter, top-two scoring/play-making option

2018-19 Stats (as of 4/6—37 games played)

15.0 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 5.0 APG, 1.3 SPG, 0.4 BPG

53.6 FG%, 78.2 FT%, 45.2 3PT%, 55.4 eFG%, 59.5 TS%, 20.1% USG

9.3% ORBr, 13.8% DRBr, 17.0% FTr, 13.1% TOr, 23.4% ASTr, 6.7% 3Pr

Strengths
  • Initial burst to get into the paint and draw contact
  • Ability to rise and finish through contact and over length
  • Passing vision
  • Midrange pull up 
  • Actively attacks the glass on both ends
  • Three-position perimeter defender
Concerns
  • Consistency as a spot-up 3-point threat (31, 39 and 29 3-point attempts by season)
Highlights

2. Alanna Smith

6-foot-4 Big, Stanford, Tier 1

A low risk, two-way stretch four

An attempt at a current WNBA analog: perimeter oriented Emma Meesseman with a higher defensive floor

In the right situation: longtime starter

2018-19 Stats (36 games played)
19.4 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 1.9 APG, 1.1 SPG, 2.2 BPG

51.5 FG%, 73.0 FT%, 39.7 3PT%, 59.4 eFG%, 61.0 TS%, 30.9% USG

7.9% ORBr, 22.9% DRBr, 16.3% FTr, 13.5% TOr, 15.4% ASTr, 35.7% 3Pr

Strengths
  • Quick release and deep range; flashes of on-the-move 3-point shooting
  • Mowing down smaller defenders with back-to-basket game
  • ‘Talling up’ around the basket to block shots with length and timing
  • Foot quickness to stay in front of face up fours and hold up in a switching scheme
Concerns
  • Consistently staying out of foul trouble to be a 30-plus minute per game player
  • Sharpening ability to attack closeouts to make a play
  • The idea of missing WNBA time to fulfill national team commitments
Highlights

3. Katie Lou Samuelson

6-foot-3 Wing, UConn, Tier 1

An excellent 3-point shooter with a high skill level

An attempt at a current WNBA analog: DeWanna Bonner tilted more toward 3-point shooting, less pick and roll creation

In the right situation: longtime starter

2018-19 Stats (34 games played)

18.5 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 3.9 APG, 1.2 SPG, 0.6 BPG

45.3 FG%, 87.6 FT%, 37.6 3PT%, 55.0 eFG%, 60.0 TS%, 25.1% USG

5.6% ORBr, 13.6% DRBr, 23.8% FTr, 9.8% TOr, 20.0% ASTr, 45.1% 3Pr

Strengths
  • Lights-out 3-point shooter with deep range
  • High-level read-and-react passer and cutter
  • Capable finisher attacking closeouts with long arms and long strides
  • Versatile on-the-move 3-point shooting
  • Midrange pull up
Concerns
  • Maintaining position and rebounding as switch defender or stretch four
Highlights

4. Asia Durr

5-foot-10 Guard, Louisville, Tier 1

Extremely versatile scoring guard

An attempt at a current WNBA analog: Courtney Williams meets Sugar Rodgers

In the right situation: longtime starter, top-two play-making option

2018-19 Stats (35 games played)

21.2 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 3.3 APG, 1.5 SPG, 0.4 BPG

43.9 FG%, 81.5 FT%, 34.3 3PT%, 52.1 eFG%, 56.0 TS%, 31.7% USG

2.4% ORBr, 10.4% DRBr, 20.1% FTr, 8.7% TOr, 20.6% ASTr, 42.3% 3Pr

Strengths
  • Versatile on-the-move, off-the-dribble 3-point shooting
  • Midrange pull up
  • Strong passing vision
  • Floater touch with either hand
Concerns
  • How much does her next team put the ball in her hands? What kind of guard needs to be next to her and how rare is that skill set?
Highlights

5. Kalani Brown

6-foot-7 Center, Baylor, Tier 1

True center with size to match physicality of league’s best at the position

An attempt at a current WNBA analog: Carolyn Swords, Crystal Langhorne, Kiah Stokes all-in-one

In the right situation: longtime starting center

2018-19 Stats (as of 4/6—36 games played)

15.7 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 1.6 APG, 0.3 SPG, 1.7 BPG

61.3 FG%, 77.9 FT%, NA 3PT%, 61.3 eFG%, 64.5 TS%, 24.2% USG

10.3% ORBr, 20.2% DRBr, 14.7% FTr, 12.5% TOr, 10.5% ASTr, NA 3Pr

Strengths
  • Frame and physicality to give a team a chance of defending top centers one-on-one
  • Improvement into the high 70s as a free throw shooter paired with glimpses of the midrange jumper
  • Quick, decisive passing out of double teams to cutters or weak side shooter
  • Skill level to make a play to score when caught between midrange and restricted area
  • Solid rim-running presence
  • Shot-blocking presence at the front of the rim
  • Pursuit on the glass at both ends
Concerns
  • Striking balance to maintain a presence on the offensive glass and get back in transition
  • Tracking and staying in front of players that can get her involved in screening actions
Highlights

6. Bridget Carleton

6-foot-1 Wing, Iowa State, Tier 1

Ideal secondary/tertiary perimeter option with a complete offensive game

An attempt at a current WNBA analog: wing version of Atlanta Renee Montgomery

In the right situation: longtime starter/top perimeter reserve

2018-19 Stats (35 games played)

21.7 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 4.0 APG, 2.3 SPG, 1.2 BPG

46.8 FG%, 86.1 FT%, 37.1 3PT%, 53.4 eFG%, 59.0 TS%, 28.0% USG

5.9% ORBr, 18.7% DRBr, 22.1% FTr, 12.6% TOr, 22.7% ASTr, 30.2% 3Pr

Strengths
  • Crafty finisher attacking closeouts with long arms and long strides
  • Capable off-the-dribble midrange and 3-point shooting
  • A dangerous spot-up threat; second-side playmaker
  • Grab-and-go playmaker
Concerns
  • Consistently turning the corner in pick and roll situations
  • Adjusting to continue finishing efficiently and drawing fouls around the basket
Highlights

7. Napheesa Collier

6-foot-1 Wing/Forward, UConn, Tier 1

Do-it-all plug and play wing/forward

An attempt at a current WNBA analog: Kayla Thornton with more ball-handling chops, less brute strength

In the right situation: longtime starter/top reserve

2018-19 Stats (38 games played)

20.8 PPG, 10.8 RPG, 3.5 APG, 1.5 SPG, 1.7 BPG

61.2 FG%, 69.7 FT%, 28.3 3PT%, 62.6 eFG%, 64.0 TS%, 26.5% USG

11.4% ORBr, 21.6% DRBr, 15.8% FTr, 11.0% TOr, 20.6% ASTr, 8.6% 3Pr

Strengths
  • Excellent passing vision as a driver or out of the post
  • Decision-making in 4-on-3 situations as a roll/slip threat
  • Polished turnaround/fadeaway game
  • Pursuit on the glass and to alter and contest shots
  • Defending multiple positions in a switching scheme
Concerns
  • How much does the low volume from beyond the 3-point line matter? Future team figures to have fewer concerns with low 3-point volume if they have the personnel to use her regularly as a screener and hub from the elbows.
Highlights

8. Arike Ogunbowale

5-foot-8 Guard, Notre Dame, Tier 1

Explosive scorer; a force of nature in transition

An attempt at a current WNBA analog: Odyssey Sims meets Courtney Williams

In the right situation: longtime starter/top perimeter reserve

2018-19 Stats (as of 4/6—38 games played)

21.5 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 3.8 APG, 1.9 SPG, 0.1 BPG

44.7 FG%, 80.6 FT%, 35.2 3PT%, 49.9 eFG%, 54.5 TS%, 29.7% USG

2.4% ORBr, 12.0% DRBr, 17.5% FTr, 9.1% TOr, 19.3% ASTr, 25.7% 3Pr

Strengths
  • Midrange pull up
  • A dangerous spot-up threat; second-side playmaker
  • Grab-and-go playmaker
  • Capable off-the-dribble midrange and 3-point shooting
Concerns
  • How much does her next team put the ball in her hands? What kind of guard needs to be next to her and how rare is that skillset?
Highlights

9. Kristine Anigwe

6-foot-3 Big, Cal, Tier 1

Athletic, physical big with intriguing face-up potential

An attempt at a current WNBA analog: somebody’s LaToya Sanders or Natasha Howard

In the right situation: longtime starter/third big

2018-19 Stats (33 games played)

22.5 PPG, 16.2 RPG, 1.0 APG, 1.0 SPG, 1.7 BPG

50.8 FG%, 65.6 FT%, 30.4 3PT%, 51.5 eFG%, 55.0 TS%, 34.4% USG

18.2% ORBr, 34.4% DRBr, 19.8% FTr, 13.9% TOr, 7.2% ASTr, 3.4% 3Pr

Strengths
  • Translatable face-up game
  • Length, quickness to step into a role as a pick and roll finisher
  • Pursuit on the glass at both ends
  • Athletic frame paired with a physical playing style
Concerns
  • Tracking and staying in front of players that can get her involved in screening actions
  • Continuing to thrive with a physical playing style inside around bigger, stronger players
Highlights

10. Teaira McCowan

6-foot-7 Center, Mississippi State, Tier 1

True center with size to match physicality of league’s best at the position

An attempt at a current WNBA analog: Carolyn Swords meets Kiah Stokes, much stronger on the offensive glass

In the right situation: longtime starter/third big

2018-19 Stats (35 games played)

18.3 PPG, 13.7 RPG, 0.9 APG, 0.9 SPG, 2.5 BPG

66.3 FG%, 76.7 FT%, NA 3PT%, 66.3 eFG%, 69.5 TS%, 22.0% USG

21.2% ORBr, 28.7% DRBr, 20.9% FTr, 10.1% TOr, 5.1% ASTr, NA 3Pr

Strengths
  • Frame and physicality to give a team a chance of defending top centers one-on-one
  • Pursuit on the glass at both ends; immovable presence on offensive glass 
  • Much-improved drop step post scoring
  • Countless reps as the backbone playing in Mississippi State’s constant full-court pressure defense
Concerns
  • Striking balance to maintain a presence on the offensive glass and get back in transition
  • Tracking and staying in front of players that can get her involved in screening actions
Highlights

11. Kennedy Burke

6-foot-2 Wing, UCLA, Tier 2

Big, physical, skilled wing; the best defensive player in the draft

An attempt at a current WNBA analog: switchier, more dangerous off the dribble Marissa Coleman

In the right situation: top reserve/longtime starter

2018-19 Stats (34 games played)

15.4 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 2.3 APG, 2.0 SPG, 0.9 BPG

48.8 FG%, 73.2 FT%, 29.6 3PT%, 51.7 eFG%, 55.0 TS%, 23.3% USG

9.3% ORBr, 11.0% DRBr, 16.7% FTr, 14.1% TOr, 14.7% ASTr, 17.1% 3Pr

Strengths
  • Defending all three perimeter positions
  • Clear role in a switch-heavy scheme
  • Affecting more than her own matchup with her quickness and length
  • Crafty two-dribble finisher over smaller guards
  • Strong rim-running presence; grab-and-go playmaking 
Concerns
  • Becoming a league average 3-point shooter
  • Maintaining position and rebounding as switch defender or nominal power forward
Highlights

12. Megan Gustafson

6-foot-3 Big, Iowa, Tier 2

One of the quickest, most efficient finishers the college game will ever see

An attempt at a current WNBA analog: a different twist on Crystal Langhorne’s scoring punch

In the right situation: third big

2018-19 Stats (36 games played)

27.8 PPG, 13.4 RPG, 1.7 APG, 0.4 SPG, 1.8 BPG

69.6 FG%, 78.9 FT%, NA 3PT%, 69.7 eFG%, 71.5 TS%, 31.1% USG

10.9% ORBr, 30.6% DRBr, 15.2% FTr, 7.7% TOr, 12.3% ASTr, NA 3Pr

Strengths
  • Constantly works to establish deep post position
  • Meticulous timing and shot selection
  • Feathery touch around the basket with either hand from various angles
  • Rare catch and shoot post scoring presence; will never pound the air out of the ball
  • Midrange shooting touch
Concerns
  • Tracking and staying in front of players that can get her involved in screening actions
  • How valuable is that style of play from the post against longer, stronger post defenders?
Highlights

13. Sophie Cunningham

6-foot-1 Wing, Missouri, Tier 2

Skilled shooter; one of the best 3-point shooters in the draft

An attempt at a current WNBA analog: Rebecca Allen

In the right situation: top reserve/spark off the bench

2018-19 Stats (35 games played)

17.8 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 2.8 APG, 1.3 SPG, 0.3 BPG

48.1 FG%, 83.8 FT%, 40.3 3PT%, 58.7 eFG%, 64.0 TS%, 26.7% USG

3.7% ORBr, 15.2% DRBr, 30.7% FTr, 17.6% TOr, 20.4% ASTr, 43.2% 3Pr

Strengths
  • Spot up 3-point shooting
  • Ducking in on smaller guards
  • Passing vision to attack double teams or a scrambled defense
  • Rare pairing of physical playing style with the shooting prowess
Concerns
  • Being more than a shooting specialist offensively
  • Creating similar advantages against guards at the next level
Highlights

14. Caliya Robinson

6-foot-3 Big, Georgia, Tier 2

Shot-blocking, stretchy, athletic modern big

An attempt at a current WNBA analog: feint outline of LaToya Sanders

In the right situation: project/eventual third big

2018-19 Stats (29 games played)

14.4 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 1.6 APG, 1.4 SPG, 2.4 BPG

49.2 FG%, 69.7 FT%, 35.1 3PT%, 51.0 eFG%, 53.0 TS%, 25.6% USG

10.1% ORBr, 20.5% DRBr, 10.1% FTr, 12.4% TOr, 12.3% ASTr, 9.4% 3Pr

Strengths
  • Raw tools to cover ground to make plays in the lane defensively as a helper 
  • Flashes of outside shooting touch
  • A degree of foundational skill level to play some facing the basket
Concerns
  • Tracking and staying in front of players that can get her involved in screening actions
  • Sharpening ability to attack closeouts to make a play
  • Ramping up the volume on midrange and 3-point attempts
Highlights

15. Megan Huff

6-foot-3 Big, Utah, Tier 2

Well-rounded stretch four

An attempt at a current WNBA analog: Morgan Tuck

In the right situation: project/eventual third big

2018-19 Stats (30 games played)

19.6 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 1.6 APG, 1.5 SPG, 1.1 BPG

47.7 FG%, 84.3 FT%, 37.0 3PT%, 53.2 eFG%, 57.5 TS%, 31.5% USG

11.4% ORBr, 24.9% DRBr, 16.9% FTr, 12.7% TOr, 11.6% ASTr, 26.4% 3Pr

Strengths
  • Spot up 3-point shooting
  • Facing up to attack the basket
  • Nimble, reliable roll target and finisher
  • Raw tools to close space and make plays in the lane defensively
Concerns
  • Maintaining position and rebounding as a nominal power forward
Highlights

16. Ezi Magbegor

6-foot-4 Big, Australia, Tier 2

Intriguing defensive prospect with raw offensive game

An attempt at a current WNBA analog: Dearica Hamby

In the right situation: project/eventual third big

2018 FIBA World Cup Stats (5 games played)

7.6 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 0.4 APG, 0.2 SPG, 0.4 BPG

81.8 FG%, 50.0 FT%, NA 3PT%

Strengths
  • Combination of length and quickness to grow into a prominent role in switching scheme
  • Comfort level to grab and go or face up from elbows
Concerns
  • Developing an outside shot
  • Handling physicality inside to maintain position and rebound at a high level
  • The idea of missing WNBA time to fulfill national team commitments
Highlights

17. Han Xu

6-foot-9 Big, China, Tier 2

Stretch five

An attempt at a current WNBA analog: Brittney Griner-level midrange shooting touch from five position

In the right situation: project/eventual third big

2018 FIBA World Cup Stats (7 games played)

8.3 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 0.9 APG, 0.7 SPG, 1.4 BPG

44.2 FG%, 75.0 FT%, NA 3PT%

Strengths
  • Very solid midrange shooter at a young age
  • Height and length to contest physical centers at the rim
Concerns
  • Handling physicality inside to maintain position and rebound at a high level
  • The idea of missing WNBA time to fulfill national team commitments
Highlights

18. Brianna Turner

6-foot-3 Big, Notre Dame, Tier 2

Switchy shot-blocker that excels in transition

An attempt at a current WNBA analog: approaching Natasha Howard minus the face-up game

In the right situation: project/eventual third big

2018-19 Stats (as of 4/6—38 games played)

14.4 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 1.5 APG, 1.1 SPG, 2.8 BPG

64.0 FG%, 69.4 FT%, NA 3PT%, 64.0 eFG%, 65.5 TS%, 20.2% USG

10.9% ORBr, 17.3% DRBr, 17.8% FTr, 12.2% TOr, 8.5% ASTr, NA 3Pr

Strengths
  • Raw tools to close space and make plays in the lane defensively
  • Active and willing rim runner
  • Clear role in a switch-heavy scheme
  • Affecting more than her own matchup with quickness and length
Concerns
  • Handling physicality inside to maintain position and rebound at a high level
  • Developing face-up game to spend some time away from the rim offensively
Highlights

19. Jessica Shepard

6-foot-4 Big, Notre Dame, Tier 2

Modern big with high skill level and passing vision

An attempt at a current WNBA analog: Morgan Tuck

In the right situation: project/eventual third big

2018-19 Stats (as of 4/6—37 games played)

16.8 PPG, 10.3 RPG, 3.4 APG, 1.5 SPG, 0.5 BPG

59.9 FG%, 71.4 FT%, NA 3PT%, 59.9 eFG%, 62.0 TS%, 24.1% USG

14.9% ORBr, 20.3% DRBr, 12.6% FTr, 14.7% TOr, 18.7% ASTr, NA% 3Pr

Strengths
  • Grab-and-go playmaker
  • Comfortable attacking and facilitating from elbows or 3-point line
  • A glimpse of 3-point touch (31.5 percent on 98 attempts in 2016-17 at Nebraska)
Concerns
  • Tracking and staying in front of players that can get her involved in screening actions
  • Ramping up the volume on midrange and 3-point attempts
  • Handling physicality inside to maintain position, rebound and finish at a high level
Highlights

20. Maite Cazorla

5-foot-10 Guard, Oregon, Tier 2

Steady, calming presence at the point; opportunistic scorer from all levels

An attempt at a current WNBA analog: Leilani Mitchell in the halfcourt

In the right situation: backup point guard

2018-19 Stats (37 games played)

9.6 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 4.4 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.2 BPG

49.0 FG%, 79.6 FT%, 40.7 3PT%, 60.3 eFG%, 62.5 TS%, 13.7% USG

0.4% ORBr, 4.4% DRBr, 16.7% FTr, 16.0% TOr, 19.5% ASTr, 51.0% 3Pr

Strengths
  • Spot up 3-point shooting
  • Capable pick and roll, second side playmaker
  • Flashes of versatile 3-point shooting
  • Length, size to compete physically in more guard matchups
Concerns
  • Finding a team that doesn’t need primary scoring from the position
  • The idea of missing WNBA time to fulfill national team commitments
Highlights

21. Zala Friskovec

5-foot-11 Guard, Slovenia, Tier 3

Solid, versatile shooter; potential stash option?

An attempt at a current WNBA analog: Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis

In the right situation: eventual scoring guard off the bench

2018 FIBA U20 World Championship Stats (7 games played)

19.7 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 3.4 APG, 2.4 SPG, 0.7 BPG

47.0 FG%, 92.3 FT%, 41.7 3PT%

Strengths
  • Versatile 3-point shooting
  • Glimpses of downhill scoring and playmaking potential
Concerns
  • The idea of missing WNBA time to fulfill national team commitments
  • Adjusting to league’s physicality to compete defensively with scoring guards and keep from getting knocked off path driving to the rim
Highlights

22. Tima Pouye

5-foot-9 Guard, France, Tier 3

Promising playmaking guards; potential stash option?

An attempt at a current WNBA analog: part Erica Wheeler, part Rachel Banham

In the right situation: project/eventual backup point guard

2018 FIBA U20 World Championship Stats (7 games played)

12.7 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 2.1 APG, 1.1 SPG, 0.1 BPG

33.8 FG%, 77.8 FT%, 35.0 3PT%

Strengths
  • Spot-up 3-point shooting
  • Glimpses of downhill pick and roll playmaking potential
Concerns
  • The idea of missing WNBA time to fulfill national team commitments
  • Adjusting to league’s physicality to compete defensively with scoring guards and keep from getting knocked off path driving to the rim
Highlights

23. Paris Kea

5-foot-9 Guard, UNC, Tier 3

Pick and roll lead guard

An attempt at a current WNBA analog: Erica Wheeler

In the right situation: eventual backup point guard

2018-19 Stats (22 games played)

18.0 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 4.2 APG, 2.0 SPG, 0.2 BPG

43.3 FG%, 78.6 FT%, 30.4 3PT%, 49.4 eFG%, 53.0 TS%, 27.1% USG

1.7% ORBr, 9.3% DRBr, 16.6% FTr, 15.2% TOr, 25.0% ASTr, 36.0% 3Pr

Strengths
  • Pick and roll playmaking
  • Glimpses of microwave scoring
  • A creative finisher around the basket
Concerns
  • Developing consistency as a spot up 3-point and midrange pull up threat
Highlights

24. Cierra Dillard

5-foot-9 Guard, Buffalo, Tier 3

Microwave scorer with deep, off the dribble shooting chops

An attempt at a current WNBA analog: part Sami Whitcomb, part Karima Christmas-Kelly

In the right situation: eventual scoring guard off the bench

2018-19 Stats (34 games played)

25.2 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 5.7 APG, 2.9 SPG, 0.2 BPG

38.6 FG%, 81.2 FT%, 34.1 3PT%, 46.4 eFG%, 53.0 TS%, 34.3% USG

4.1% ORBr, 10.3% DRBr, 27.3% FTr, 13.8% TOr, 35.6% ASTr, 38.2% 3Pr

Strengths
  • Spot up 3-point shooting
  • Creating own 3-point shot off the dribble
  • Initiating contact on drives to the basket
  • Downhill playmaking vision
Concerns
  • How much does her future team need to put the ball in her hands? 
Highlights

25. Morgan Bertsch

6-foot-4 Wing/Forward, UC Davis, Tier 3

Long, versatile forward with solid face-up game

An attempt at a current WNBA analog: Azura Stevens with less defensive and post up potential

In the right situation: project/eventual third big

2018-19 Stats (31 games played)

23.6 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 1.8 APG, 1.3 SPG, 1.4 BPG

48.7 FG%, 83.3 FT%, 46.8 3PT%, 50.7 eFG%, 66.5 TS%, 42.5% USG

7.4% ORBr, 14.7% DRBr, 17.1% FTr, 10.8% TOr, 19.7% ASTr, 7.3% 3Pr

Strengths
  • Polished face-up scorer from elbows
  • Ducking in on smaller guards/wings
Concerns
  • Ramping up the volume on midrange and 3-point attempts
  • Maintaining position and rebounding as a nominal power forward
Highlights

26. Kiara Leslie

6-foot-0 Wing, NC State, Tier 3

3-and-D wing archetype

An attempt at a current WNBA analog: bigger, longer Blake Dietrick

In the right situation: backup wing

2018-19 Stats (34 games played)

15.9 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 2.8 APG, 1.1 SPG, 0.8 BPG

41.6 FG%, 71.6 FT%, 38.1 3PT%, 48.8 eFG%, 51.5 TS%, 26.4% USG

5.4% ORBr, 16.6% DRBr, 15.0% FTr, 12.2% TOr, 18.1% ASTr, 34.4% 3Pr

Strengths
  • Spot up 3-point shooting
  • Pursuit getting through and around screens
Concerns
  • Being more than a shooting specialist offensively

27. Anriel Howard

5-foot-11 Wing, Mississippi State, Tier 3

College four/wing hybrid that impressed as more of a face-up threat as grad transfer at Mississippi State

An attempt at a current WNBA analog: part Monique Billings, part Tamera Young

In the right situation: project/eventual backup wing

2018-19 Stats (35 games played)

16.3 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 1.5 APG, 1.1 SPG, 0.5 BPG

51.0 FG%, 72.9 FT%, 32.9 3PT%, 54.3 eFG%, 57.5 TS%, 25.5% USG

12.8% ORBr, 18.6% DRBr, 16.1% FTr, 12.9% TOr, 8.9% ASTr, 17.1% 3Pr

Strengths
  • Pursuit on the glass at both ends
  • Crafty two-dribble finisher over smaller guards; polished step through and up and under moves from the perimeter
Concerns
  • Ramping up the volume on midrange and 3-point attempts; continuing transition in playing a majority of the time as a true wing

28. Presley Hudson

5-foot-6 Guard, Central Michigan, Tier 3

Lead pick and roll ball handler; most versatile 3-point shooter in the class

An attempt at a current WNBA analog: part Rachel Banham, part Kelsey Mitchell

In the right situation: eventual third/backup point guard

2018-19 Stats (33 games played)

20.4 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 5.7 APG, 1.5 SPG, 0.1 BPG

42.5 FG%, 94.4 FT%, 38.2 3PT%, 53.3 eFG%, 58.0 TS%, 27.3% USG

1.7% ORBr, 11.1% DRBr, 20.6% FTr, 15.4% TOr, 27.6% ASTr, 50.4% 3Pr

Strengths
  • Polished off the dribble 3-point shooting with deep range
  • Downhill pick and roll playmaking
  • Igniting 4-on-3 situations to beat trapping defenses
Concerns
  • Adjusting to league’s physicality to compete defensively with scoring guards and keep from getting knocked off path driving to the rim
  • Getting shots off in the paint and around the basket

29. Marina Mabrey

5-foot-11 Guard, Notre Dame, Tier 3

Lights-out spot up shooter

An attempt at a current WNBA analog: part Rachel Banham, part Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis

In the right situation: backup guard

2018-19 Stats (as of 4/6—34 games played)

12.1 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 4.9 APG, 1.3 SPG, 0.3 BPG

46.6 FG%, 67.4 FT%, 40.4 3PT%, 58.2 eFG%, 59.0 TS%, 18.6% USG

1.7% ORBr, 7.1% DRBr, 13.5% FTr, 16.5% TOr, 24.2% ASTr, 53.7% 3Pr

Strengths
  • Spot up 3-point shooting with deep range
  • Quick release
  • Second side playmaker
Concerns
  • Being more than a shooting specialist offensively

30. Natisha Hiedeman

5-foot-8 Guard, Marquette, Tier 3

Scoring guard with deep range

An attempt at a current WNBA analog: Sami Whitcomb

In the right situation: eventual scoring guard off the bench

2018-19 Stats (35 games played)

17.6 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 4.5 APG, 2.0 SPG, 0.5 BPG

43.8 FG%, 70.3 FT%, 39.1 3PT%, 53.2 eFG%, 55.5 TS%, 26.2% USG

3.1% ORBr, 16.7% DRBr, 19.1% FTr, 12.0% TOr, 25.5% ASTr, 42.8% 3Pr

Strengths
  • Spot up 3-point shooting
  • Deep range; glimpses of 3-point shooting versatility
  • Burst to beat closeouts to get into the paint
Concerns
  • Adjusting to league’s physicality to compete defensively with scoring guards and keep from getting knocked off path driving to the rim

31. Naomi Davenport

6-foot-0 Wing, West Virginia, Tier 3

3-and-D wing archetype

An attempt at a current WNBA analog: Steph Talbot

In the right situation: backup wing

2018-19 Stats (32 games played)

15.8 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 2.5 APG, 1.8 SPG, 0.6 BPG

46.6 FG%, 70.1 FT%, 39.5 3PT%, 52.4 eFG%, 54.5 TS%, 25.1% USG

8.1% ORBr, 16.3% DRBr, 12.1% FTr, 18.2% TOr, 16.9% ASTr, 26.6% 3Pr

Strengths
  • Spot up 3-point shooting
  • Glimpses of versatile 3-point shooting
Concerns
  • Being more than a shooting specialist offensively
  • Lack of college reps getting over and around screens on fellow guards

32. Chloe Jackson

5-foot-9 Guard, Baylor, Tier 4

Scoring guard; smooth operator from the midrange

An attempt at a current WNBA analog: Lindsay Allen

In the right situation: backup guard

2018-19 Stats (as of 4/6—37 games played)

11.3 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 5.4 APG, 1.6 SPG, 0.4 BPG

47.0 FG%, 73.9 FT%, NA 3PT%, 47.2 eFG%, 49.5 TS%, 19.6% USG

1.5% ORBr, 10.0% DRBr, 7.9% FTr, 15.9% TOr, 25.6% ASTr, NA% 3Pr

Strengths
  • Pull-up midrange shooting
Concerns
  • Developing consistency as a spot-up 3-point threat and second-side playmaker

33. Sam Fuehring

6-foot-3 Big, Louisville, Tier 4

A capable finisher around the basket with some outside shooting touch

An attempt at a current WNBA analog: Erica McCall

In the right situation: backup big

2018-19 Stats (36 games played)

10.8 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 1.4 APG, 0.7 SPG, 0.6 BPG

55.9 FG%, 82.5 FT%, 37.5 3PT%, 58.8 eFG%, 63.0 TS%, 17.2% USG

8.1% ORBr, 20.1% DRBr, 17.3% FTr, 13.0% TOr, 8.8% ASTr, 13.0% 3Pr

Strengths
  • Glimpses as pick and pop threat
  • A solid finisher as roll target or from dunker spot
Concerns
  • Ramping up the volume on midrange and 3-point attempts
  • Maintaining position and rebounding inside

34. Meme Jackson

5-foot-11 Wing, Tennessee, Tier 4

3-and-D project with electric burst to the rim

An attempt at a current WNBA analog: Nia Coffey

In the right situation: eventual backup wing

2018-19 Stats (30 games played)

10.8 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 2.3 APG, 1.6 SPG, 0.1 BPG

40.6 FG%, 82.9 FT%, 36.7 3PT%, 51.0 eFG%, 55.0 TS%, 17.8% USG

2.6% ORBr, 7.6% DRBr, 22.6% FTr, 18.1% TOr, 13.4% ASTr, 50.0% 3Pr

Strengths
  • Burst to the rim attacking closeouts
  • Attacking the rim in transition
Concerns
  • Developing consistency as a spot up 3-point and midrange pull up threat

35. Taylor Emery

5-foot-10 Wing, Virginia Tech, Tier 4

Scoring guard; smooth operator from the midrange

An attempt at a current WNBA analog: Kahleah Copper

In the right situation: backup wing

2018-19 Stats (34 games played)

19.0 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 2.1 APG, 0.8 SPG, 0.3 BPG

43.0 FG%, 85.2 FT%, 38.5 3PT%, 50.5 eFG%, 55.0 TS%, 28.1% USG

5.3% ORBr, 10.9% DRBr, 18.4% FTr, 9.9% TOr, 14.2% ASTr, 34.2% 3Pr

Strengths
  • Pull up midrange shooting
  • Spot up 3-point shooting
Concerns
  • How much does her future team put the ball in her hands?

36. Allazia Blockton

5-foot-11 Wing, Marquette, Tier 4

Scoring guard; smooth operator from the midrange

An attempt at a current WNBA analog: Jaime Nared

In the right situation: backup wing

2018-19 Stats (30 games played)

14.3 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 2.2 APG, 0.7 SPG, 0.3 BPG

45.8 FG%, 85.4 FT%, 38.8 3PT%, 52.1 eFG%, 54.5 TS%, 28.0% USG

5.6% ORBr, 12.7% DRBr, 8.3% FTr, 10.6% TOr, 17.5% ASTr, 30.6% 3Pr

Strengths
  • Midrange pull up
Concerns
  • Developing consistency as pick-and-roll threat and second-side playmaker

Below you’ll find links to all BBall Index 2019 WNBA Draft coverage to date.

More 2019 WNBA Draft individual prospect notes and observations can be found in our women’s college basketball observations series along with three pieces on prospects from the 2018 FIBA World Cup.

Note: Laksa announced in an Instagram post on March 31 that she will not be entering this year’s draft. The South Florida guard suffered a season-ending knee injury in November. Notable potential early entrants that have declared that they will return to school include West Virginia’s Tynice Martin and South Carolina’s Te’a Cooper.

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