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NBA NEWS - Prospects to attend WNBA Draft

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Iowa’s Caitlin Clark, Stanford’s Cameron Brink, South Carolina’s Kamilla Cardoso, Tennessee’s Rickea Jackson and LSU’s Angel Reese headline - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

 

NEW YORK, NY USA

Friday April 12, 2024

Iowa guard Caitlin Clark, Stanford forward Cameron Brink, South Carolina center Kamilla Cardoso, Tennessee forward Rickea Jackson and LSU forward Angel Reese headline the list of 15 prospects who will attend the WNBA Draft 2024 presented by State Farm on Monday, April 15 at the famed Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in New York.

WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert will announce the draft picks live on ESPN, with exclusive coverage beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET. The draft, along with a special edition of WNBA Countdown Presented by Google (ESPN, 7 p.m. ET), will also be available live on the ESPN App.

The top prospects will take part as the WNBA Draft 2024 presented by State Farm moves from Manhattan to the Brooklyn borough of New York City, where BAM has been the home to world-renowned productions in theatre, dance, music, opera, film and more for more than 160 years.

The other prospects who will be in attendance are guard Marquesha Davis (Mississippi), forward Aaliyah Edwards (Connecticut), guard Dyaisha Fair (Syracuse), center Elizabeth Kitley (Virginia Tech), guard Nika Mühl (Connecticut), guard Charisma Osborne (UCLA), forward Alissa Pili (Utah), forward-center Nyadiew Puoch (Australia), guard Jacy Sheldon (Ohio State), and guard Celeste Taylor (Ohio State).

As determined by the WNBA Draft Lottery 2024 presented by State Farm on Dec. 10, 2023, the Indiana Fever owns the top pick in the WNBA Draft 2024 presented by State Farm. Indiana also made the No. 1 selection in 2023 and chose forward-center Aliyah Boston (South Carolina), the unanimous Kia WNBA Rookie of the Year last season.

The Los Angeles Sparks will select second. The Chicago Sky have the third selection, followed by the Sparks again at No. 4.

The formal tip-off of the draft-night festivities will take place when the invited prospects showcase their personalities and unique fashion styles on the WNBA's iconic "Orange Carpet." Earlier that day, the prospects will visit the Empire State Building for a lighting ceremony to celebrate the draft.

Here is a closer look at some of the prospects who will be attending the WNBA Draft

Kamilla Cardoso (South Carolina): Cardoso, a 6-7 center, won two national championships (2022 and 2024) and made three Final Four appearances (also in 2023) with South Carolina. She was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2024 Final Four after recording 22 points and 11 rebounds against North Carolina State in the semifinals and 15 points and 17 rebounds against Iowa in the championship game. A native of Montes Claros, Brazil, Cardoso was an AP All-America Second Team choice and an All-SEC First Team and SEC All-Defensive Team honoree this season after leading the conference in field goal percentage (59.4) and blocks per game (2.48) and pacing the Gamecocks with 14.4 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. Cardoso was a finalist for the 2024 Naismith Defensive Player of the Year and Lisa Leslie awards.

Caitlin Clark (Iowa): The consensus Division I Player of the Year for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 seasons, Clark joined Chamique Holdsclaw, Seimone Augustus, Maya Moore, Brittney Griner and Breanna Stewart as the only players to be named the AP Player of the Year multiple times. Clark also earned her third consecutive Big Ten Player of the Year honor this season. The 6-foot guard is the NCAA men's and women's all-time leading scorer (3,951 points), eclipsing Pete Maravich (3,667) and Kelsey Plum (3,527), respectively. She also surpassed Lynette Woodard (3,649), the top scorer in AIAW history. In her four seasons at Iowa, Clark led Division I in scoring in all but her junior season. This season, she became the only men's or women's player in NCAA history to score 1,000 points in back-to-back seasons and the first Division I player to lead her conference in scoring and assists in four straight seasons.

Aaliyah Edwards (UConn): Edwards, a 6-3 forward from Kingston, Ontario, Canada, helped UConn to three NCAA Final Four appearances, including the 2022 championship game. A finalist for the Katrina McClain Award in 2022-23 and 2023-24, Edwards averaged career highs of 17.6 points and 9.2 rebounds per game this season. She was an AP All-America Third Team choice in 2022-23 and an All-Big East First Team selection in each of her final two seasons. The MVP of the 2019 Basketball Without Borders Global camp, Edwards was the youngest member of the Canada Women's National Team at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Angel Reese (LSU): Reese led the Tigers to the 2023 national title as the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player and was named the 2023 Sporting News Athlete of Year, BET Sportswoman of Year and ESPN Breakthrough Athlete of Year. This season, the 6-3 forward from Baltimore paced the SEC in scoring (18.6 ppg) and rebounding (13.4 rpg) for the second straight year, becoming the first player to do so since 1990. She led the nation with 5.5 offensive rebounds per game and ranked second with 13.4 rebounds per game. The 2024 SEC Player of the Year is a three-time AP All-America selection, including First Team honors in 2023 and Second Team recognition this season. Reese, who posted an NCAA-record 34 double-doubles in 2022-23, was a three-time finalist for the Katrina McClain Award.


THIS DAY IN THE NBA

April 12, 1954 The Minneapolis Lakers became the first team to win three NBA titles in a row by defeating the Syracuse Nationals 87-80 in Game 7 of the 1954 NBA Finals.

April 12, 1958 Bob Pettit poured in 50 points as the St. Louis Hawks, who missed the championship by a whisker a year earlier, beat the Boston Celtics 110-109 in Game 6 of the 1958 NBA Finals to dethrone the Celtics as NBA champions.

April 12, 1994 Denver’s Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf stretched his consecutive free throw streak to 53, during the Nuggets’ 107-102 home loss to Phoenix. Earlier in the 1993-94 season, Abdul-Rauf also compiled consecutive FT streaks of 81 and 57, making him only the second player in NBA history (along with Bill Sharman) to have three FT streaks of 50 or more in the same season.

April 12, 1996 Indiana’s Reggie Miller hits 6-of-11 attempts from three-point range during the Pacers’ 111-101 road win at Orlando, becoming the second NBA player to reach 1,200 career three-pointers.

April 12, 2001 The NBA Board of Governors approved four rules changes recommended by a select committee on playing rules. The rules changes provided for included the elimination of illegal defense guidelines, the institution of a defensive three seconds call, a reduction of the time to advance the ball into the frontcourt from 10 to eight seconds and a relaxation of the rules against hand-checking. All changes were scheduled to go into effect for the 2001-02 season.


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