The Indiana Fever added three to their roster following the 2020 WNBA draft nearly two weeks ago. Lauren Cox highlights the draft for the franchise as the No. 3 overall pick, Kathleen Doyle (Iowa) was chosen as the No. 14 pick and Kamiah Smalls (James Madison) as the No. 28 pick.
As the franchise looks to rebuild to their winning ways, this draft added depth on the interior and point positions which says a lot about their vision moving forward. Although viewing the Fever as a playoff team might still be a serious question, there is no doubt they got better and are headed in the right direction in terms of overall skill and depth at thin positions.
The selection of Lauren Cox did not come as a surprise. The three-time All-American from Baylor earned Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year this past season and was a finalist for the Naismith National Player of the Year. She helped lead Baylor to a National Championship in 2019. At six-foot-four, Cox can stretch the floor, she can score the ball and has proven to play exceptionally well with dominant post players (cue the McCowan high-low game).
"We are extremely excited about having Lauren Cox join our organization," said General Manager Tamika Catchings. "She does a little bit of everything, which will allow her to play in different positions with different players."
“Y’all are going to be really excited to see them in a Fever uniform, and I know we are as well.”@Catchin24 on adding @lauren_cox15, @KDoyle_11 & @kamiah_s in the #WNBADraft#ThisIsBallin pic.twitter.com/stuPKeGOhY
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Doyle was named the 2020 Big Ten Player of the Year this past season after averaging 18 points, 4.6 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game. The competitive point guard was overlooked by nearly every mock draft, but brings a well-rounded and consistent game to Indiana. Doyle is a true floor general and facilitator and unlike anyone on their current roster.
"We are ecstatic that Kathleen as there at No. 14 and she is going to be a part of the Fever family moving forward," said Head Coach Marianne Stanley per release. "The ball does not stick in her hands. The ball moves and she gets people into their spots."
Kamiah Smalls brings another athletic option at the wing position who averaged 14.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game at James Madison. Defensively, she can cause fits and capable of defending multiple positions. Although a pick this late in the draft typically has a hard time making a roster, Smalls brings a high level competitor to training camp and ability to compete for a spot on a wide-open and rebuilding roster.