Updated Apr 16, 2024 - Sports

Caitlin Clark selected as WNBA No. 1 draft pick by Indiana Fever

 Caitlin Clark #22 of the Iowa Hawkeyes reacts during the second half against the LSU Lady Tigers during the 2023 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament championship game at American Airlines Center on April 02, 2023 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Caitlin Clark on April 2, 2023, in Dallas, Texas. Photo: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Caitlin Clark was selected as the No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft by the Indiana Fever on Monday.

Why it matters: The selection comes as no surprise as the former Iowa guard garnered national attention for the "Caitlin Clark effect" that has brought with it a boom in NCAA women's basketball viewership and tickets sales, and huge anticipation over this year's WNBA draft.

  • The expected pick by Indiana has already caused an uptick in interest and ticket prices for the Fever, per ESPN.

Meanwhile, LSU forward Angel Reese was picked by Chicago Sky — as Axios' Justin Kaufmann predicted.

Zoom out: A staggering 18.7 million people watched the South Carolina-Iowa women's NCAA title game earlier this month — a record for women's college basketball and a five-year high for any basketball broadcast.

Go deeper: How the WNBA draft could change everything

Editor's note: This article has been updated with details of Angel Reese's move.

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