WNBA Draft 2019: Aces take Jackie Young No. 1, other prospects follow

first_imgThe Las Vegas Aces sealed her fate Wednesday.It was the third consecutive year the Aces had the No. 1 pick. Young joins a star-studded roster with former top picks Kelsey Plum and A’ja Wilson.Young averaged 14.7 points, 7.4 rebounds and 5.1 assists in 2018.Young’s teammates Arike Ogunbowale and Brianna Turner joined her as first-round picks. Ogunbowale, who hit the buzzer beaters in Notre Dame’s 2018 semifinal and NCAA championship victories, was selected fifth overall by the Dallas Wings.Turner joined the Atlanta Dream as the No. 11 pick, but was swiftly traded to the Phoenix Suns for pro Marie Gülich.Notre Dame made history in the second round when its two remaining starters were picked, making this year’s draft the first time five starters from one team were selected. Jessica Shepard was the 16th overall pick to the Minnesota Lynx and Marina Mabrey was selected No. 19 by the Los Angeles Sparks.Two UConn players went in the first round. Katie Lou Samuelson was selected as the No. 4 pick by the Chicago Sky and Napheesa Collier was the sixth-overall pick by the Lynx.Baylor center and 2019 NCAA champion Kalani Brown will start her WNBA career in Los Angeles. Brown, the daughter of longtime NBA journeyman P.J. Brown, was the seventh-overall pick.”My parents always told me, ‘you don’t want to be known as P.J. Brown’s daughter, make your own legacy, make your own path,'” Brown said.Australian forward Ezi Magbegor went to the Seattle Storm, the 2018 WNBA champions, as the No. 12 pick to finish up the first round of the draft.2019 WNBA Draft ResultsFirst Round 1. Las Vegas AcesJackie Young, Notre Dame2. New York LibertyAsia Durr, Louisville3. Indiana FeverTeaira McCowan, Mississippi State4. Chicago SkyKatie Lou Samuelson, UConn5. Dallas WingsArike Ogunbowale, Notre Dame6. Minnesota LynxNapheesa Collier, UConn7. Los Angeles SparksKalani Brown, Baylor8. Phoenix MercuryAlanna Smith, Stanford9. Connecticut SunsKristine Anigwe, Cal10. Washington MysticsKiara Leslie , NC State11. Atlanta DreamBrianna Turner, Notre Dame12. Seattle StormEzi Magbegor, AustraliaSecond Round13. PhoenixSophie Cunningham, Missouri14. New YorkHan Xu , China15. ChicagoChloe Jackson, Baylor16. MinnesotaJessica Shepard, Notre Dame17. DallasMegan Gustafson, Iowa18. MinnesotaNatisha Hiedeman, Marquette19. Los AngelesMarina Mabrey, Notre Dame20. MinnesotaCierra Dillard, University at Buffalo21. ConnecticutBridget Carleton, Iowa State22. DallasKennedy Burke, UCLA23. AtlantaMaite Cazorla, Oregon24. SeattleAnriel Howard, Mississippi StateThird Round25. IndianaParis Kea, North Carolina26. New York Megan Huff, Utah27. ChicagoMaria Conde, Spain28. IndianaCaliya Robinson, Georgia29. Dallas Morgan Bertsch, UC Davis30. Minnesota Kenisha Bell, Minnesota31. Los AngelesAngela Salvadores, Spain32. Phoenix Arica Carter, Louisville33. ConnecticutRegan Magarity, Virginia Tech34. Washington Sam Fuehring, Louisville35. Atlanta Li Yueru, China36. Seattle Macy Miller, South Dakota State Jackie Young’s draft stock rose over the course of the weekend.After playing in the women’s NCAA championship game Sunday and then declaring for the WNBA Draft a day later, many predictions had the Notre Dame junior as the top selection. last_img read more