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2024 WNBA Mock Draft: Updated Round 1 Picks & Predictions

2024 WNBA Mock Draft: Updated Round 1 Picks & Predictions

The 2024 WNBA Draft is hours away, and we’ve updated our board to reflect some changes that occurred over the weekend.

The Draft will be televised tonight at 7:30 p.m. EST on ESPN.

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Updated 2024 WNBA Mock Draft

2024 WNBA Mock Draft 1.0 | Changes noted with an *

Pick/Team Kelly Luke
1.01 – Indiana Fever Caitlin Clark Caitlin Clark
1.02 – Los Angeles Sparks Cameron Brink Cameron Brink
1.03 – Chicago Sky Kamilla Cardoso* Kamilla Cardoso
1.04 – Los Angeles Sparks Rickea Jackson* Rickea Jackson
1.05 – Dallas Wings Aaliyah Edwards Aaliyah Edwards
1.06 – Washington Mystics Jacy Sheldon Angel Reese
1.07 – Chicago Sky (from Minnesota)* Angel Reese Elizabeth Kitley*
1.08 – Minnesota Lynx (from Chicago) Isobel Borlase* Jacy Sheldon*
1.09 – Dallas Wings Carla Leite* Alissa Pili
1.10 – Connecticut Sun Alissa Pili Dyaisha Fair
1.11 – New York Liberty Nika Mühl  Nika Mühl
1.12 – Atlanta Dream Charisma Osbourne Taiyanna Jackson

Chicago Sky

The Chicago Sky and Minnesota Lynx traded over the weekend. On Sunday, the Sky acquired the seventh overall pick and center Nikolina Milic from the Minnesota Lynx. The Lynx received the eighth overall pick in the draft, forward Sika Kone, Chicago’s second-round selection in the 2025 draft, and the rights to swap the Sky’s first-round pick in 2026.

Why would Chicago move up one spot? The answer is Angel Reese.

Kelly: Does that change what the Sky will do with pick No. 3? I think it does. Sportsbooks don’t always get things right, and they definitely don’t always get it right when it comes to sports they’re not used to creating a market for. Currently, on their WNBA Draft Betting Odds, Rickea Jackson is -320 to be picked fourth tonight. Kamilla Cardoso is now +300.

Assuming Caitlin Clark goes No. 1 and Cameron Brink goes No. 2, the books now fully believe that Cordoso is heading to Chicago at No. 3. Could the Sky actually pair the former Gamecock with the former Tiger? For a team that is completely rebuilding, yes, I think they can. Should they? Well, that’s a different story.

Luke: Chicago swapped picks and players with Minnesota to move up to No. 7, presumably wanting to take Angel Reese. I believe this move and perceived desire for Reese will only strengthen Washington’s resolve to take her at No. 6, leaving Chicago holding the bag on Reese, just one pick higher. This will lead them to still go the original route I predicted and team Cardoso up with 3x ACC Player of the Year Liz Kitley. Chicago will be favoring height and rebounding in the first round so imagine driving into the paint only to find 13+ total feet of defenders in your face. Kitley would be a longshot in this situation, so there could be more betting value in the 7th pick if Chicago looks to Blacksburg after a failed attempt Callin’ Baton Rouge.

Minnesota Lynx

Kelly: Moving back one spot is a solid move for the Lynx, who don’t have any glaring holes on their roster. I think they’ll go for a draft-and-stash option with 19-year-old Australian guard Isobel Borlase.

Luke: Minnesota will make out like bandits after swapping picks with Chicago, who might not get the player they want anyway while still allowing the Lynx to get their woman, Jacy Sheldon. Sheldon averaged nearly 18 points per game while shooting an incredibly efficient (especially for guard) 50.5% from the field. The Lynx will welcome Sheldon’s offense as well as her defense, which saw her snagging nearly two steals per game. Sheldon is from and played in the Midwest, so she is a good geography pick for a Big Ten-centric state like Minnesota.

Dallas Wings

Kelly: Most mock drafts have Jacy Sheldon going fifth to the Wings, but I still think they’ll take Aaliyah Edwards or trade out of that pick and then grab a draft-and-stash guard like Carla Leite with their second one.

2024 WNBA Draft Player Profiles (A to Z)

Isobel Borlase

Profile: 5’11 guard | Adelaide (WNBL)

Kelly: Borlase is a 19-year-old guard who is playing professionally in Australia. Chances are good that she will not play in the WNBA this season, but she is a young star with a bright future that a team will take a flier on while continuing to observe her growth and development.
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Cameron Brink

Profile: 6’4 forward | Stanford
Career Avg Per Game: 14.0 Pts | 9.1 Reb | 1.7 Ast

Kelly: One of Brink’s biggest strengths is that she offers teams a high floor. She is a plus defender and rebounder, and she has a decent enough offensive skillset that should improve as she finds her role in the WNBA. Brink is a malleable player who can find a role in any system because of her basketball IQ and all-around abilities on both ends of the court.

Luke: Cameron Brink and all of her 6’4 glory averaged upwards of four blocks a game last year and was a force on a Stanford team that fell short of expectations. Brink has a championship pedigree, having won a National Title as a freshman. That sort of instant team success seems much less likely on a rebuilding Sparks team with two picks in the top four, but Brink is an excellent inside presence and rim protector to build around.
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Kamilla Cardoso

Profile: 6’7 Center | South Carolina
Career Avg Per Game: 10.6 Pts | 7.9 Reb | 1.2 Ast

Luke: Size kills, and last season, the South Carolina product would have been tied with Dallas’ 6’7 duo of Kalani Brown and Teaira McCowan as the tallest women in the WNBA behind 6’9 Brittney Griner. Cardoso showed just how much of a size advantage she brings to the table. During this year’s Tournament, the Brazilian averaged a 16.6 point/10.8 rebound double-double capped off by a 15-point/17-rebound performance in the National Championship game against Iowa.

Kelly: Cardoso is the most polarizing player in the draft regarding how she will fit in a WNBA that is trending toward getting smaller. She raised her draft stock in the NCAA tournament, leading an undefeated team to the title by being a force on both ends of the court. It will be interesting to see how she adjusts to the defensive three-second rule at the next level, and she will need to improve her offensive game to be a true force. I love the idea of her joining Brink in Los Angeles, as I feel like the two would complement each other’s game well.
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Caitlin Clark

Profile: 6’0 point guard | Iowa
Career Avg Per Game: 28.4 Points | 7.1 Rebounds | 8.2 Assists

Kelly: A coworker recently asked, “But what if Indiana doesn’t take Caitlin Clark?” To which I responded, “There are so few guarantees in life. But this is one.” Enough words have been written about Clark, and thousands more will be written over the course of the season. She has her own betting markets and brings an unprecedented level of attention to the Fever and WNBA as a whole. Indiana will find a way to use the versatile rookie with the talent around her, though it is prudent to temper expectations for Year 1.

Luke: What can be said that hasn’t already been said a million times over about Caitlin Clark’s generational game and what she has done to elevate the sport of women’s basketball? She is hands down the #1 overall pick in an absolutely stacked Draft class, a true leader who leads by example, and a home run pick. Even the Fever, who are back here picking #1 again, can’t mess up this pick. No brainer, deluxe.
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Aaliyah Edwards

Profile: 6’3 forward | UConn
Career Avg Per Game: 13.4 Pts | 7.3 Reb | 1.7 Ast

Luke: Aaliyah Edwards was a three-year starter at UConn and reached the Final Four three times (’21, ’22, ’24), playing for a Natty in 2022. Edwards excels on both ends of the court, and her 6’3 frame is solid enough to translate to the next level. She is automatic on proximity shots and connects on nearly 60% of her shots from anywhere on the floor. Edwards should establish an instant inside-out game in Dallas with 3x All-Star Arike Ogunbowale.

Kelly: Dallas may already have plenty of bigs, but what’s another one, really? Edwards is a poised forward who will fill whatever role she is asked to. The knock is that she doesn’t have an easily-defined place at the next level. If she is able to develop an outside shot that helps the team stretch the floor, she could be a versatile addition to any roster.
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Dyaisha Fair

Profile: 5’5 guard | Syracuse
Career Avg Per Game: 22.2 Pts | 4.9 Reb | 4.1 Ast

Luke: Fair averaged 22.3 points in her fifth and final season in college and second year in upstate New York. She has a knack for scoring the ball but not in an efficient manner, cracking the 40% in FG% just once in five years. Fair offers an elite defensive ability with a nose for the ball. She uses her small stature to get lost among the trees, so to speak and creates chaos on defense.
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Rickea Jackson

Profile: 6’2 forward | Tennessee
Career Avg Per Game: 17.8 Pts | 6.1 Reb | 1.6 Ast

Kelly: Jackson has some questions surrounding her unexplained two-game suspension earlier this season, but her overall talent would make her a great fit for the rebuilding Chicago Sky. She is a difficult matchup for smaller guards and could command more attention from taller forwards, against whom she has demonstrated a quickness that allows her to drive in the lane. Every analyst mentions the WNBA moving away from offenses running through the “big” in the middle, which also benefits players like Jackson. Chicago should be looking at versatile talent at this point, and Jackson fills that need well.

Luke: The earliest victim of the extremely condensed timeline of events between college basketball (a winter season) and the WNBA (a summer season) means rookies, especially those on title contenders, step right off the college court and onto the draft stage. Because of this and recent increased exposure, tournament juggernaut Kamilla Cardoso has leapfrogged Rickea Jackson on most draft boards thanks to recency bias. It turns out to be a stroke of luck for the Sparks as they are able to add Jackson and her 20.2 points per game to the aforementioned Brink’s inside dominance, giving the city of Los Angeles another potentially awesome inside-out duo for years to come in the vein of Kareem/Magic and Shaq/Kobe.
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Taiyanna Jackson

Profile: 6’6 center | Kansas
Career Avg Per Game: 12.4 Pts | 10.4 Reb | 0.9 Ast

Luke: Jackson won an NIT Title as a sophomore at Kansas and is a solid all-around center who can do a little bit of everything. She won’t blow the roof off the arena with her scoring, but her extreme efficiency (57.4%) on offense saw her average a 12/10 double-double this last season. On the defensive end, her 3.0 blocks and 1.1 steal averages speak to her ability to be a disruptor around the rim.
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Elizabeth Kitley

Profile: 6’6 center | Virginia Tech
Career Avg Per Game: 17.9 Pts | 10.0 Reb | 1.5 Ast

Luke: Chicago continues to rebuild following their only WNBA Championship in 2021 and last year’s free agency loss of Candace Parker. What better way to do that than to draft twin towers down low of Kamille Cardoso and Liz Kitley? Imagine driving into the paint only to find 13+ total feet of defenders in your face. Kitley would be a longshot in this situation so there could be value in the 8th pick if Chicago looks to Blacksburg.
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Carla Leite

Profile: 5’11 guard | Tarbes (LFB)

Kelly: Leite is an uber-talented 19-year-old playing in France. She is best at using her quickness to penetrate the lane. Once there, she uses the pick-and-roll to pass or finish, which she is capable of doing with her left or right hand. She leads the league in free throw attempts per game and ranks second in assists. Her shooting needs development, but she would make for an excellent draft-and-stash in 2024.
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Nika Mühl

Profile: 5’10 guard | UConn
Career Avg Per Game: 5.8 Pts | 3.5 Reb | 5.2 Ast

Kelly: Mühl is the all-time assists leader at UConn and a plus-plus perimeter defender. She has the quickness to stay with the faster guards, but her strength will make the transition to the WNBA smoother than some other prospects. I love her fit with the Liberty to fill an important role for the team with the second-best odds to win the WNBA title.

Luke: Liberty guards can score with the best of them, and Sabrina Ionescu is one of the best at getting buckets. That being said, New York needs something that can put them over the edge in trying to get past the vaunted Aces. Enter Nika Muhl, defensive extraordinaire. The Serbian guard possesses incredible lateral movement giving her an amazing ability to get into her opponent’s hip pocket and stay there all game. She is the epitome of a “Three & D” player, as her 40.2 average from deep can attest. Look no further than her man-up defense against Caitlin Clark in the Final Four for proof she can shut down WNBA-caliber talent.
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Alissa Pili

Profile: 6’2 forward | Utah
Career Avg Per Game: 16.9 Pts | 6.1 Reb | 1.7 Ast

Luke: Pili provides more offense in a can, gives Dallas a solid scoring option behind Arike Ogunbowale, and completes a banger of a first-round for the Wings. Pili averaged 21.4 points on 55% shooting and can play well both facing the basket as well as posting up smaller guards. The Wings have a solid core, and the possible additions of Aaliyah Edwards and Pili would be a huge boost to Dallas’ ability to contend and build for a bright future.
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Nyadiew Puoch

Profile: 6’3 forward | Southside (WNBL)

Kelly: Puoch is a 20-year-old forward who plays elite-level defense for the WNBL champions. She can impact shots inside and outside and has the quickness to keep up with driving shooters. Her trajectory is to be a good three-point shooter, a solid off-ball shooter, and a lockdown defense on an opponent’s best offensive player.
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Angel Reese

Profile: 6’3 forward | LSU
Career Avg Per Game: 18.6 Pts | 12.3 Reb | 1.9 Ast

Luke: Angel Reese is from Baltimore and would have both local and national draws in terms of viewership and attendance. Reese is a dogged defender and an elite rebounder. Her 6’3 height won’t allow her to bully her way to rebounds the way she could in college, but her rebounding ability will translate to the WNBA. Offensively, she may have a harder time adapting to the next level as her frame and game don’t mesh in a way that would lend to instant translation.

Kelly: Reese has strength and length, two words that rhyme and allow for talent to blossom in the WNBA. She will need to improve her offensive efficiency assuming she will have significant competition on the boards that will limit her putbacks more than what she saw in college. All accounts are that she is an extremely hard worker and can develop in whatever system she lands in. She also brings with her the second-most attention/name recognition in the draft, and her swagger can help lead a team that has solid fundamental players around her. It will be fascinating to see where she lands, and I’d love for her to be in Minnesota (and not just because I’m here, too).
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Jacy Sheldon

Profile: 5’10 guard | Ohio State
Career Avg Per Game: 15.6 Pts | 3.3 Reb | 3.1 Ast

Luke: Sheldon averaged nearly 18 points per game while shooting an incredibly efficient (especially for guard) 50.5% from the field. The Lynx will welcome Sheldon’s offense as well as her defense, which saw her snagging nearly two steals per game. Sheldon is from and played in the Midwest, so she is a good geography pick for a Big Ten-centric state like Minnesota.
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