It is officially draft week! The 2020 WNBA draft is scheduled to air virtually this Friday and we have your HERO Sports Mock Draft ready to join in on the prediction fun for the first round. This is a strong draft class with a couple of early entrees that certainly shook up the draft board but after the first couple of picks it gets a little bit dicey! That's what makes this fun, right? Let's dive in!
1. New York Liberty: Sabrina Ionescu (Oregon)
No surprise here. The triple-double queen herself has taken the women's basketball world by storm. What makes Ionescu such a heavy favorite for the number one pick? Her competitive edge is so unique and that fire puts her into a whole category of her own. She truly is one of a kind. Ionescu can be a cornerstone for the young Liberty franchise to continue to build around.
2. Dallas Wings: Satou Sabally (Oregon)
In my humble opinion, there is an argument to be made of Sabally going as No. 1. Nonetheless, the junior from Oregon declaring early certainly bumped nearly everyone down a spot. Sabally has the most pro-ready frame and athleticism at 6'4 to go along with an incredible potential in the draft. Sabally is a well-rounded threat that can help this Dallas squad reload their roster as they continue to rebuild. Dallas just can't pass her up.
3. Indiana Fever: Lauren Cox (Baylor)
At one point in time we talked about Cox as a projected No. 1 pick. Even despite her injury, the forward has a high lQ, strong passing ability and can stretch the floor. Cox fits in well with the Fever who are in need of added depth at the forward position. The combination of Teaira McCowan and Cox makes for some fun old-school high-low basketball.
4. Atlanta Dream: Chennedy Carter (Texas A&M)
Carter declared early for the draft and had already been talked about as being a lottery pick. If we are talking about players who can create their own shot, Carter might just be the best in the draft. Atlanta needs scoring and a playmaker and the Aggie guard certainly knows how to put up ridiculous numbers on her own. Carter has a chance to make a real impact in the league for a long time.
5. Dallas Wings: Ty Harris (South Carolina)
Ty Harris has continued to improve her game and has evolved into one of the smartest and most talented point guards in the country under WNBA Hall of Famer Dawn Staley. At this point, Dallas needs assets and the most talented player available. Harris fits well under Brian Agler's rebuild as a decision maker but also could prove as a great asset for potential future trade value.
6. Minnesota Lynx: Crystal Dangerfield (Connecticut)
Dangerfield might scare some folks off with her size, but the five-foot-five point guard packs a heck of a punch. Dangerfield is one of the most explosive and dynamic playmakers in the country who does not shy away from a big moment. Her stock has continued to rise throughout her senior year and the Lynx could use added depth at the point guard position. Though overlooked a bit at times, I see Dangerfield as a first-round pick.
…..Stay tuned for Part II