University of Louisville guard Asia Durr is one of 12 prospects who will attend the WNBA Draft 2019 presented by State Farm® on Wednesday, April 10 at the Nike New York Headquarters. ESPN2 will air the first round beginning at 7 p.m. ET, followed by coverage of the second and third rounds on ESPNU at 8 p.m. ET. The draft will also stream live on the ESPN app.
The other prospects who will be in attendance are center/forward Kristine Anigwe (California), center Kalani Brown (Baylor), forward Napheesa Collier (Connecticut), guard Sophie Cunningham (Missouri), center Megan Gustafson (Iowa), Teaira McCowan (Mississippi State), Arike Ogunbowale (Notre Dame), guard Katie Lou Samuelson(Connecticut), forward Alanna Smith (Stanford), center Han Xu (China), and guard Jackie Young (Notre Dame).
The Las Vegas Aces hold the No. 1 overall pick after winning the WNBA Draft Lottery presented by State Farm in August. The New York Liberty will select second. The Indiana Fever has the third selection, followed by the Chicago Sky at No. 4.
The WNBA App and WNBA.com will provide complete draft-day coverage and serve as the digital destination for fans who want to track the top prospects leading up to the draft.
Here is a closer look at the prospects who will be attending WNBA Draft 2019 presented by State Farm.
Kristine Anigwe, California: The 6-4 Phoenix native earned All-America, All Pac-12 and Pac-12 All-Defensive Team honors in each of her four seasons and finished as Cal’s career leader in points, rebounds and blocks. As a senior, she was named the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year, became the first woman in 30 years to average 22.0 points and 16.0 rebounds in a season and set a Pac-12 record with 33 straight double-doubles. In her final regular-season game, she scored 32 points and grabbed 30 rebounds against Washington State.
Kalani Brown, Baylor: Brown, who helped Baylor win the 2019 national title, was a two-time AP All-America Second Team selection and a three-time All-Big 12 First Team and All-Defensive Team honoree. She was a finalist for the 2018-19 Naismith National Defensive Player of the Year Award. The 6-7 native of Slidell, La., is the daughter of P.J. Brown, who played 15 NBA seasons and won a championship with the Boston Celtics in 2008.
Napheesa Collier, Connecticut: An AP All-America First Team selection this season, Collier helped UConn to four consecutive NCAA Final Four appearances and the 2016 national title. The 6-2 native of O’Fallon, Mo., won the 2018-19 Katrina McClain Award as the nation’s top power forward. She was the American Athletic Conference Player of the Year as a sophomore and senior, and the AAC Defensive Player of the Year this season. .
Sophie Cunningham, Missouri: A 6-1 native of Columbia, Mo., Cunningham led the Tigers to four straight NCAA Tournament berths after the school’s decade-long absence. She earned AP All-America Third Team honors this season, was selected to the All-SEC First Team three times and was a finalist for the Cheryl Miller Award as the nation’s best small forward in each of the last two seasons. Cunningham is Missouri’s career points leader.
Asia Durr, Louisville: The 5-10 guard won the 2018-19 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award as the nation’s best shooting guard. As a junior and senior, Durr was named an AP All-America First Team honoree and the ACC Player of the Year. She is the No. 2 scorer in Louisville history. Durr, who grew up in Douglasville, Ga., appeared in a promotional spot for the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream as a 10-year-old in 2008.
Megan Gustafson, Iowa: This season, the 6-3 forward/center was a consensus All-American, the Lisa Leslie Award winner as the nation’s top center and the fourth woman in NCAA history to score 1,000 points in a season. The Port Wing, Wis., native earned Big Ten Player of the Year honors in each of the last two seasons, when she led the nation in points per game as both a junior (25.7) and senior (27.8).
Teaira McCowan, Mississippi State: A 6-7 center from Brenham, Texas, McCowan was selected as a 2018-19 AP First Team All-American and is a finalist for the 2018-19 John R. Wooden Award and Wade Trophy as the National Player of the Year. She earned National Defensive Player of the Year honors from the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association in 2018-19 and Naismith in 2017-18, and was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year in each of those seasons. McCowan helped MSU reach the national title game as a sophomore and junior.
Arike Ogunbowale, Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish’s career points leader is a finalist for the 2018-19 Dawn Staley Award as the nation’s top guard. Ogunbowale was an AP All-America Second Team selection and All-ACC First Team honoree this season while helping Notre Dame to a second consecutive national title game, where she finished with the second-highest point total in history (31). In 2018, the 5-8 Milwaukee native hit game-winning, buzzer-beating shots in the national semifinals and the title game to lift the Irish to the championship
Katie Lou Samuelson, Connecticut: Samuelson helped the Huskies to a national championship as a freshman in 2016 and to Final Four appearances in each of the following three seasons. The 6-3 native of Huntington Beach, Calif., made the AP All-America First Team twice and the American Athletic Conference First Team three times. Her older sister, Karlie, is entering her second WNBA season with the Los Angeles Sparks.
Alanna Smith, Stanford: As a senior, Smith earned AP All-America Second Team honors and was chosen to the All-Pac-12 Team and All-Pac-12 Defensive Team. She led Stanford to the 2019 conference tournament title as the Most Outstanding Player. The 6-4 forward from Melbourne, Australia, joined Elena Delle Donne, Maya Moore and Breanna Stewart as the only players in the last 20 years to accumulate career totals of 1,600 points, 150 three-pointers and 200 blocks.
Han Xu, China: The 6-9 center could become the first graduate of the NBA Academies program to be drafted into the NBA or WNBA. She spent 2017 at the NBA Academy in Shandong, China, and participated in the Basketball Without Borders Global Camp during NBA All-Star 2018 in Los Angeles. Han, who played for the Chinese National Team at the 2018 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup, played this winter in the WCBA for Xinjiang and was a member 2019 WCBA All Star Team.
Jackie Young, Notre Dame: An AP All-America Third Team selection as a junior this season, Young teamed with Ogunbowale and Marina Mabrey to give Notre Dame one of the nation’s top backcourts. In 2018-19, the 6-foot guard from Princeton, Ind., was a consensus All-ACC Second Team selection and the MVP of the conference tournament. She also became the first Notre Dame player to record two triple-doubles in a season.
WNBA Draft 2019 presented by State Farm takes place on the same day that single-game tickets go on sale for many teams for the league’s 23rd season, which tips off on Friday, May 24. For ticket information, fans can visit wnba.com/tickets or team websites.
The players invited to attend WNBA Draft 2019 presented by State Farm® are below.
Name College/Country Position Height
Kristine Anigwe California Center/Forward 6-4
Kalani Brown Baylor Center 6-7
Napheesa Collier Connecticut Forward 6-2
Sophie Cunningham Missouri Guard 6-1
Asia Durr Louisville Guard 5-10
Megan Gustafson Iowa Forward/Center 6-3
Teaira McCowan Mississippi State Center 6-7
Arike Ogunbowale Notre Dame Guard 5-8
Katie Lou Samuelson Connecticut Guard 6-3
Alanna Smith Stanford Forward 6-4
Han Xu China Center 6-9
Jackie Young Notre Dame Guard 6-0
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Carter, Durr and Fuehring aim toward WNBA Draft
Asia Durr is currently projected by both espnW and SB Nation to be the first overall pick by the Las Vegas Aces
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Following a historic four-year run, University of Louisville women’s basketball senior class of Asia Durr, Sam Fuehring and Arica Carter will now turn their sights toward the 2019 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm. The draft will be held on Wednesday, April 10 at Nike’s headquarters in New York City. The first round will air on ESPN2 beginning at 7 p.m., with the remaining two rounds transitioning to ESPNU at 8 p.m.
The trio combined to post a program-record 123 victories, including back-to-back ACC regular season championships and the 2018 ACC tournament title. While earning consecutive No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament, they reached the second weekend three times, including the Elite Eight this season and the Final Four in 2018.
Guard Asia Durr is currently projected by both espnW and SB Nation to be the first overall pick by the Las Vegas Aces, who are selecting first for the third consecutive season. Durr would be the second Louisville player to be selected first, following Angel McCoughtry to the Atlanta Dream in 2009, and the program’s third first-round selection, joining McCoughtry and Shoni Schimmel in 2014.
“She’s a very fine player. She’s one of the few players that can go get her own shot on a consistent and quality basis,” said Aces head coach and general manager Bill Laimbeer. “A guard who can get her own shot is something we don’t really have, so she’s right there for us.”
In her final season with the Cardinals, Durr completed a tremendous career, earning ACC Player of the Year honors for the second-straight season, along with unanimous All-American honors and the Ann Meyers Drysdale and Dawn Staley Awards. She led the ACC and ranked 15th nationally in scoring with 21.2 points per game, tallying 34 games in double-figures, including tying a career-best 47 pints on 17-of-27 shooting against NC State on senior night on Feb. 28.
For her career, she finished as the second-leading scorer in program history with 2,485 points behind McCoughtry, while also placing second in three-point field goals (374) and third in field goals (851).
Forward Sam Fuehring is also expected to hear her name called, with espnW projecting her going to the Minnesota Lynx with the 30th selection. Fuehring had a terrific senior year for the Cards, averaging 10.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. During the year, she racked up seven double-doubles, including career-highs in points (21 at Virginia Tech on Feb. 10) and rebounds (14 at Clemson on Feb. 2).
Fuehring was excellent in the postseason, averaging 15.3 points and 7.3 rebounds in the Cards’ four NCAA Tournament games. In the first round against Robert Morris, she posted a double-double with 19 points on nine-of-nine shooting with 11 rebounds. In the regional semifinal against Oregon State, she tied for the team lead with 17 points off a career-high three three-pointers.
“I thought Sam Fuehring had a great ending to the season in the way that she played in the NCAA Tournament,” said ESPN analyst LaChina Robinson. “Over the course of her career, she has become a respectable three-point shooter, which I think definitely helps when you get in the conversation of versatility. She’s really shown that she can push through and she started to make her mark and imprint on the Louisville program in a major way later on because of her stick-to-it-ive-ness.”
Lastly, guard Arica Carter is expected to compete for a roster spot in the WNBA following the draft. The redshirt senior averaged 8.5 points per game while leading the ACC in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.8) and ranking ninth in three-point shooting (.390). At Duke on Jan. 6, she turned in a career day with personal-highs in points (23), field goals (eight) and three (seven).
“When she’s healthy, the things that she can do well, she’s very intelligent, she understands how to play, she can organize, she can defend her position. She can make three-point shots,” said ESPN analyst Kara Lawson.
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