March 30, 2023
13 additional players, including Diamond Miller, declare for the 2023 WNBA Draft
Further additions to the list expected after Final Four
The WNBA today announced that 13 players from colleges and universities have declared for the upcoming 2023 WNBA Draft. This follows the initial list, released Wednesday, of players who had declared. Seniors Abby Meyers, Diamond Miller and Elisa Pinzan joined the list of declarations for the upcoming draft after they led the Maryland Terrapins to an appearance in the Elite Eight, which they fell to the top-seeded South Carolina Gamecocks.
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Miller received All-Big Ten First Team honors twice and was on the Ann Meyers Drysdale, Wade, and Naismith award watch lists for the last three seasons. She is widely expected to be a lottery pick after averaging 19.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.1 steals per game this season for Maryland.
Meyers, a grad transfer from Princeton, also became an All-Big Ten Second Team member after averaging 14.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game this season.
Dara Mabrey, a sister of Marina who plays for the WNBA’s Chicago Sky, has declared for this year’s WNBA Draft after becoming the team leader for 3-pointers made for Notre Dame. She missed the final two months of the season after a knee injury prematurely ended her collegiate career.
Guard Endyia Rogers, a two-time member of the All-Pac-12 first team, will declare for this year’s draft after leading the Oregon Ducks to Great 8 in this year’s WNIT. This season, she averaged 15.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.2 steals per game while shooting with a field goal percentage of 45.3.
Other additional players who declare for the 2023 WNBA Draft include Christianna “Chrissy” Carr (Arkansas), Janai Crooms (Providence), Marenelle Garraud (Vanderbilt), Emily Kiser (Michigan), Madisen Smith (West Virginia) and Kaela Webb (FGCU).
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Collegiate players who play in the winter season, including intercollegiate basketball players, were granted an additional year of eligibility by the NCAA due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. The WNBA and WNBPA earlier concurred on the opt-in process for players who are qualified for this year’s draft.
Players who used up all eligibility from the NCAA including the additional year are not required to be available for the upcoming draft. However, they are prompted to inform the WNBA that the intent to be qualified for the draft could be included in the list.
As a part of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, international players who are eligible are not required to declare themselves as available for the 2023 WNBA Draft.
The players who are still active through Mar. 26 and have played their final game will have 48 hours to determine their status on opting out of the remaining NCAA eligibility to declare themselves as available for the 2023 WNBA Draft.
The women’s Final Four in Dallas will start Friday with games of LSU-Virginia Tech (7 PM ET) and Iowa-South Carolina (9 PM ET).
The Indiana Fever holds the top pick of the 2023 WNBA Draft, which will take place at Spring Studios New York in Manhattan on Apr. 10 and will be streamed on ESPN at 7 PM ET.
Written by Aya Abdeen
Aya Abdeen is a student in sports journalism at Arizona State University and has been a contributing writer for The Next Hoops since December 2022. Her work has also appeared on AZPreps365.