WNBA Draft

2023 WNBA Draft brings 36 college stars into the pros

On Monday, April 10, the WNBA Draft kicked off in Spring Studios in New York City to determine where 36 college stars will take the professional stage. The New York Liberty held the 30th pick in the draft as their one and only selection.

Many big names were selected in this draft, and many more will come in a few years. Star forward Aliyah Boston was selected first overall by the Indiana Fever, followed by New Jersey native Diamond Miller to the Minnesota Lynx and Maddy Siegrist going third to the Dallas Wings. The Dallas Wings selected former Princeton standout Abby Meyers as the 11th pick, surprising many.

Liberty’s Pick

With the Liberty's 30th pick, they selected guard/forward Okako Akida from the University of Southern California. This offseason was huge for the Brooklyn-based team as they acquired star talents such as Breanna Stewart, Courtney Vandersloot and Jonquel Jones to accompany Sabrina Ionescu and Marine Johannes.

Liberty general manager Jonathan Kolb said, "Okako Adika is a promising talent who we're really excited about. As a versatile 3-and-D wing with familiarity in a pro-style offense, she's someone who we can really use down the line."

Akida provides solid defense and shooting for the New York team. She shot .386 from the field and .387 from beyond the arc, totaling 152 rebounds. She may not get her chance on the 12-player squad right away, but Kolb mentions that she can be a big piece of the Liberty's future.

Jersey Ties

Miller, from Somerset, New Jersey, went to Franklin High School and went on to play college basketball at the University of Maryland. The Lynx picked Miller, where she will try to start her professional journey. This past season, she averaged 19.7 points per game. Against ranked teams, she averaged 22.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Miller has a strong presence in the paint which will help the Lynx after losing center Sylvia Fowles to retirement this past year. If she can make the 12-player roster, it seems she'll have a long career in front of her.

Meyers played with Miller this last season at the University of Maryland after playing at Princeton for the first three years of her college career. The Wings selected Meyers with the 11th pick, shocking many people who did not think the Maryland grad would make the first round. She was a part of three Ivy League Championships during her time with the Tigers, and in her final year, she helped the team defeat No. 6 seed Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament with a career-high 29 points. Meyers' sharp shooting will allow her to pair with Arike Ogumbowale and Siegrist outside the arc to give the Wings a killer offense.

2023 WNBA Draft Results

Pick Team Player
1 Indiana Fever Aliyah Boston
2 Minnesota Lynx Diamond Miller
3 Dallas Wings Maddy Siegrist
4 Washington Mystics* Stephanie Soares
5 Dallas Wings Lou Lopez Sénéchal
6 Atlanta Dream Haley Jones
7 Indiana Fever Grace Berger
8 Atlanta Dream Laeticia Amihere
9 Seattle Storm Jordan Horston
10 Los Angeles Sparks Zia Cooke
11 Dallas Wings Abby Meyers
12 Minnesota Lynx Maïa Hirsch
13 Indiana Fever Taylor Mikesell
14 Los Angeles Sparks Shaneice Swain
15 Atlanta Dream Leigha Brown
16 Minnesota Lynx Dorka Juhász
17 Indiana Fever LaDazhia Williams
18 Seattle Storm Madi Williams
19 Dallas Wings Ashley Joens
20 Washington Mystics Elena Tsineke
21 Seattle Storm Dulcy Fankam Mendjiadeu
22 Connecticut Sun Alexis Morris
23 Chicago Sky Kayana Traylor
24 Minnesota Lynx Brea Beal
25 Indiana Fever Victaria Saxton
26 Los Angeles Sparks Monika Czinano
27 Phoenix Mercury Destiny Harden
28 Minnesota Lynx Taylor Soule
29 Phoenix Mercury Kadi Sissoko
30 New York Liberty Okako Adika
31 Dallas Wings Paige Robinson
32 Washington Mystics Txell Alarcón
33 Seattle Storm Jade Loville
34 Connecticut Sun Ashten Prechtel
35 Chicago Sky Kseniya Malashka
36 Las Vegas Aces Brittany Davis

*Rights traded to Dallas Wings

The WNBA season officially starts on Friday, May 19. The Liberty begin play on the 19th against the Washington Mystics in Washinton, D.C. at 7 p.m. Miller and the Lynx begin their season on the 19th as they face the Chicago Sky in Minneapolis, Minnesota at 8 p.m. Meyers and the Wings start their season on the 20th as they face the Atlanta Dream in Arlington, Texas at 1 p.m. on ABC.

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