Apr 15, 2024 - Sports

🏀 College stars ready to go pro with the WNBA

Source: Sports-Reference.com. Graphic: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Tonight's WNBA draft will determine where collegiate stars Iowa guard Caitlin Clark and LSU forward Angel Reese land in their first pro seasons.

Why it matters: It's unlikely the Dallas Wings will be able to draft Clark or Reese but the players' arrival to the WNBA will boost interest in the league, similar to record-breaking viewership of the NCAA women's basketball tournament.

Zoom in: The Wings have transformed since hiring Latricia Trammell as head coach in 2022.

  • The team made it to the semifinals last year but lost to the 2022 champions, the Las Vegas Aces.

Flashback: Dallas has had success with Arike Ogunbowale, the 2019 first-round draft pick who is now the team's leading scorer.

  • Ogunbowale and Satou Sabally, selected in the 2020 draft, were chosen for last year's All-Star game.

How it works: The Indiana Fever have the first pick and are expected to draft Clark.

  • The Wings will pick fifth (via Chicago).

How to watch: ESPN+ and FuboTV will stream the draft at 6:30pm.

What's next: The Fever will play a preseason game against the Wings on May 3 in Arlington.

  • The Wings' first regular season game is May 15.
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