December 16, 2023 

Locked On Women’s Basketball: Alissa Pili, Kamilla Cardoso and WNBA lottery teams

'We don't have any comparison for what [Pili] does at the rim'

In the latest episode of Locked On Women’s Basketball, Hunter Cruse and Em Adler discuss how Utah forward Alissa Pili and South Carolina center Kamilla Cardoso project as WNBA draft prospects and professional players. They also discuss the four WNBA teams that will draft in the lottery in 2024: the Indiana Fever, the Los Angeles Sparks, the Phoenix Mercury and the Seattle Storm.

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Pili, a 6’2 senior forward, scored 37 points in 29 minutes against South Carolina on Sunday. Our Howard Megdal wrote at The IX that Pili is “1-of-1,” with no easy comparisons available. Here’s Em’s take on what sets Pili apart:

“I don’t think that I have seen a player in college who was as incredible as a finisher as Alissa Pili. … I think [former UConn guard Tiffany] Hayes is probably, bar none, the greatest finisher in college history, inch for inch, but it is damn close with Alissa Pili. We don’t have any comparison for what she does at the rim, just the way she uses her hands, the approaches she takes, the angles she’s at. I don’t understand what she’s doing half the time. And it just goes in.”

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