The Top Prospects of the 2020 WNBA Draft

In addition to being virtual, this year’s draft was also the most watched WNBA Draft in 16 years, setting two historic precedents.

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By Cecilia Chen

The 2020 WNBA Draft witnessed many promising prospects and opportunities for struggling teams to acquire their next franchise players. In addition to being virtual, this year’s draft was also the most watched WNBA Draft in 16 years, setting two historic precedents. Leading the way as the overall first pick was the highly sought-after phenom Sabrina Ionescu, who led the Oregon Ducks to the Final Four during her junior season and averaged an impressive 9.1 assists and 17.1 points her senior season. Here are some other top picks from the draft who will pave the way for the future of the league.

Player: Satou Sabally

Pick: #2

College: University of Oregon

Position: Forward

Team: Dallas Wings

Though Sabally has often been under the shadow of Ionescu, she has attracted a lot of attention among the WNBA. At 6’4”, Sabally is one of the tallest players on the court, and yet she is very quick and mobile compared to other players her height. One of her most impressive skills is her handle, which allows her to effortlessly pass defenders and drive to the basket for easy layups. She can also easily catch and shoot at the three-point line as well as block shots at the rim with her long arms. Already having played professionally on the German national team, she has experience that will surely give her an edge over some young players. Overall, Sabally has a ton of potential, and will be crucial to her new team in Dallas.

Player: Mikiah Herbert Harrigan

Pick: #6

Position: Forward

College: South Carolina University

Team: Minnesota Lynx

Herbert Harrigan was named the 2020 SEC Tournament MVP, and she is the second highest leading blocker in Gamecocks’ women’s basketball history. While she is one of the tallest players on the court at 6’2”, Harrigan is still quite mobile. Her strengths include blocking shots in the paint and shooting three-pointers. She excels in defense, which makes her difficult to maneuver around when the offense drives to the rim. In addition, her long arms allow her to easily make shots near the basket and make her hard to defend at the three-point line. Herbert Harrigan’s agility and efficiency will make her a threat going into the league.

Player: Chennedy Carter

Pick: #4

Position: Guard

College: Texas A&M University

Team: Atlanta Dream

While only 5’7”, Carter’s aggressive style of play makes up for her height. Her incredible athleticism allows her to maneuver around other players, especially when in the paint, and score easy layups. Additionally, her shot selection is very accurate, which allows her to score many open mid-range shots, particularly three-pointers. Her aggressive playing style and skillful scoring will translate well going into the WNBA.

Player: Tyasha Harris

Pick: #7

Position: Guard

College: South Carolina University

Team: Dallas Wings

Harris, the 5’10” starting point guard, excels at her position, proving time and time again that she is capable of assisting her teammates anywhere on the court. She became the first Carolina Gamecock to boast over 700 assists, averaging 6.1 assists during her sophomore season. Despite her height, Harris has a special ability to score near the basket and relentlessly make layups from any area in the paint. Her exceptional passing, skilled shooting ability near the basket, and overall basketball IQ make her a smart, strong weapon for the Wings.

Equipped with fresh and young talent, these teams will have a shot at revamping their franchises in hopes of becoming strong contenders within the league. We look forward to seeing these players grow and elevate the league to a whole new level of basketball.