2014 WNBA Draft: Top Draft Prospects
With the 2014 WNBA Draft swiftly approaching, many names are being speculated to go in the first round. The Stars have the third overall pick and will have to choose between almost a dozen different players who have been speculated to go in the top 10. Stars Head Coach and General Manager, Dan Hughes and his staff have been methodically preparing for the draft, which takes place on Monday, preparing for any and every possible scenario.
We won’t know much about who the Stars will pick until it is actually announced, but you can get to know six of the top players in this year’s draft by reading their profiles below.
Stefanie Dolson – Connecticut
Dolson is a big time center for the National Champion UCONN Huskies. Dolson stands at 6-5 and has helped lead her team to four Final Four appearances and two national championships during her collegiate career. She ranks fifth all-time in rebounds for UCONN and was named as a Second Team All-American following her senior season. She averaged 11.6 points per game over her four years and grabbed a total 1101 rebounds. She was the American Athletic Conference’s defensive player of the year and ranked number in the AAC in rebounding.
Natasha Howard – Florida State
Howard is an Ohio native that spent four seasons with Florida State, leading them to a national tournament berth in 2014. The 6-3 forward is the Seminoles’ career double-double leader and fourth leading scorer. She was named to the All ACC First Team and ACC All-Second Defensive Team following her senior season. Over her collegiate career, she averaged 14.0 points per game with a .515 field goal percentage. In her junior season, she averaged 20.4 points per game and collected 307 total rebounds and was named to the All ACC First Team. She was one of 12 finalists for the Wade Trophy after his past season.
Kayla McBride – Notre Dame
McBride led Notre Dame to an NCAA final this season, falling only to UCONN in the championship game. The loss to the Huskies was the only loss over her entire senior season. During her collegiate career, she led the Irish to four final fours and three title games. Following her 2013-14 season, she was named as a First-Team All American, a Naismith Trophy finalist and a finalist for the Wade Trophy. She was named as the ACC player of the year after she averaged 17.6 points per game and collected 146 total assists. The 5-11 guard averaged 14.1 points per game over her four-year career at Notre Dame, and improved her points per game average with every new season.
Chiney Ogwumike – Stanford
Thought of by most as the best player in the 2014 draft, Ogwumike led Stanford to the Final Four in 2014 after one of the most impressive seasons in NCAA Women’s history. The 6-4 forward averaged 26.1 points per game and brought in a total of 446 rebounds over the course of the season. She is a three-time First Team All-American, two-time Pac-12 Player of the Year and three-time Pac 12 Defensive Player of the Year. She is the Pac 12’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder and was named the Capital One Academic All-American of the Year. Her sister, Nneka was drafted number one overall in the 2012 WNBA Draft and currently plays with the Los Angeles Sparks.
Odyssey Sims – Baylor
Sims was named as a First-Team All American and won the 2014 Wade Trophy after her 2013-14 senior season. Sims averaged 28.4 points per game and collected 172 total assists during the course of the season, leading Baylor to an Elite Eight berth in the 2014 NCAA Women’s National Tournament. She is a four-time selection to the All-Big 12 First Team, three-time selection to the Big 12 All-Defensive Team and ranks first in Baylor history in assists. She scored 1,054 points during her senior season, marking the second-most in Division 1 history. Over her four years, she scored 2,533 points and added 641 assists. She won a national title in 2012 after an undefeated 40-0 season.
Alyssa Thomas – Maryland
Thomas is a three-time All American forward who averaged over 14 points per game in each of her four seasons at Maryland. She averaged 17.4 points per game in her career and grabbed 1,235 rebounds total. Along with her All-American honors, she is a three-time ACC Player of the Year and All-ACC First Team selection. She set Maryland’s career records for scoring and double-doubles in her senior season and notched three triple-doubles. She led her school to a Final Four appearance in 2014.