April 7, 2023
Locked On Women’s Basketball: 2023 WNBA Draft Stock Watch
Hunter Cruse discusses who's in, where they'll go and who's staying in school.
On today’s episode of the Locked On Women’s Basketball podcast, host Hunter Cruse takes a closer look at the 2023 WNBA Draft landscape. He discusses UCLA’s Charisma Osborne, Virginia Tech’s Elizabeth Kitley, and Oregon’s Endyia Rogers who decided to return to school, as well as some of the prospects that saw their stocks, rise in the NCAA Tournament. He also recapped Thursday’s pre-draft media call.
In the first segment, Hunter talks about where he sees the future draft stock of Rogers and Osborne in the 2024 and 2025 “super drafts.”
“Endyia Rogers, Charisma Osborne, they were potential first-round picks this season,” Hunter said. “They will probably be late second-round picks, maybe third-round picks next year given how stacked these next couple of drafts are. Obviously, that can differ a little bit depending on if 2024 draft picks use their COVID year pushing 2025 to be just dominant overall.”
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Later in the episode, he shared some of LaChina Robinson’s analysis from the pre-draft media call about players who could make an immediate impact in the league.
“Rebecca (Lobo) named two players in Aliyah Boston and Diamond Miller that you expect to come into the WNBA right away and make an impact, but there’s several others that could depending on fit and that really what this draft is about — getting to the right team and having an opportunity and what those teams needs may be,” Robinson said on the call. “You look at a player like Maddy Siegrist who can just flat-out shoot the ball. Jordan Horston, whose defensive abilities are WNBA-ready. You know, Rebecca mentioned Ashley Joens earlier. Grace Berger is a player that can come in as a combo guard right away and have an impact. Zia Cooke, absolutely.”
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