April 11, 2022 

Locked On Women’s Basketball + The Next’s 2022 WNBA Mock Draft

We asked our beat writers covering each WNBA team to make the pick for their team

It’s WNBA Draft Day! Of course, you had to know we here at The Next were going to cover this day on every platform possible.

It’s also the first day of the five-days-a-week partnership with the Locked On Podcast Network, where The Next staff will be churning out podcasts every single weekday. To start that, we’ve kicked it off with a big one: Our staff’s WNBA Mock Draft of the first round!

Without further ado, check out the latest Locked On Women’s Basketball podcast episode with The Next staff, where we asked our beat writers covering each WNBA team to play the role of GM and make the pick for their team. There is one note to add: these videos were recorded before the weekend, when Minnesota traded the eighth pick to Las Vegas.

Here’s how our staff sees (or, in the case of the eighth pick, saw) the Draft going:

No. 1 — Atlanta Dream (Spencer Nusbaum) — Rhyne Howard, guard/forward, Kentucky

No. 2 — Indiana Fever (Tony East) — NaLyssa Smith, forward, Baylor

No. 3 — Washington Mystics (Jenn Hatfield) — Naz Hillmon, forward, Michigan

No. 4 — Indiana Fever (Tony East again) — Shakira Austin, center, Ole Miss

No. 5 — New York Liberty (Jackie Powell) — Emily Engstler, forward, Louisville

No. 6 — Indiana Fever (Tony East … AGAIN again) — Kierstan Bell, guard, Florida Gulf Coast

No. 7 — Dallas Wings (Arie Graham) — Elissa Cunane, center, NC State

No. 8 — Minnesota Lynx (Lucas Seehafer) — Nyara Sabally, center, Oregon*

*Note: this pick now belongs to the Las Vegas Aces. Read this link for more from Lucas on why the Lynx made the trade.

No. 9 — Los Angeles Sparks (David Yapkowitz) — Sika Kone, forward, Mali

No. 10 — Indiana Fever (Tony East … mercifully, for the final time) — Christyn Williams, guard, UConn

No. 11 — Las Vegas Aces (Matthew Walter) — Rae Burrell, guard/forward, Tennessee

No. 12 — Connecticut Sun (Jacqueline LeBlanc) — Veronica Burton, guard, Northwestern

And if you want to see these picks on social media and share the videos, check out this Twitter thread:

Be sure to check out The Next and Locked On Women’s Basketball all week as we recap what the big takeaways were from Monday night — and we break down what each team did, too. Yes, even Chicago, who doesn’t have a pick in the draft, as of now.

Thanks everyone, and enjoy the WNBA Draft!

Written by The Next

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