February 24, 2024 

Locked On Women’s Basketball: Osborne, Correa provide potential second-round value in WNBA Draft

There's more to the draft than the first round

In a new episode of Locked On Women’s Basketball, Hunter Cruse, Em Adler and Lincoln Shafer discuss more WNBA prospects! They discuss why UCLA’s Charisma Osborne and Florida’s Leilani Correa could be valuable second-round picks in the 2024 draft.

Continue reading with a subscription to The Next

Get unlimited access to women’s basketball coverage and help support our hardworking staff of writers, editors, and photographers by subscribing today.

Join today

Osborne, a fifth-year senior guard, is averaging 14.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.8 steals per game. She’s shooting 41.6% from the field and 34.8% from 3-point range this season. Here’s Lincoln’s assessment of Osborne:

“She’s a really fun basketball player who I enjoy watching. Do I wish that she was a 36% [career 3-point] shooter instead of a [33%] shooter? Absolutely. Do I wish that she was 6’1 instead of 5’8.5? Also absolutely. But she’s a solid defensive guard who plays hard. She’s upped her playmaking volume this year. … She’s always to me read as really smooth and never out of control, really. She plays at her own pace. And she’s very good when when she can play at her own pace and kind of lead the dance.”

The Next, a 24/7/365 women’s basketball newsroom

The Next: A basketball newsroom brought to you by The IX. 24/7/365 women’s basketball coverage, written, edited and photographed by our young, diverse staff and dedicated to breaking news, analysis, historical deep dives and projections about the game we love.

Correa, another fifth-year senior guard, is averaging 17.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.4 steals per game. She’s shooting 43.7% from the field and 40.3% from beyond the arc. Em explains what Correa can offer as a prospect:

“She sinks a heck of a lot of threes. She’s been doing that for her whole career; she’s just been tasked with taking an inefficient selection of them. … When you look at someone who is able to hit a lot of threes and able to hit them well, even off of a little bit of movement; when you look at someone who moves well on offense to relieve pressure for teammates or open their own shot; when you look at someone who gets to the rim a ton and is fouled there a ton … I think that’s enough all together to say this is a clearly positive impact offensive player. I think a lot of it from there comes down to [her] defense.”

The Next and The Equalizer are teaming up

The Next is partnering with The Equalizer to bring more women’s sports stories to your inbox. Subscribe to The Next now and receive 50% off your subscription to The Equalizer for 24/7 coverage of women’s soccer.

Make sure to subscribe to the Locked On Women’s Basketball podcast to keep learning about the WNBA, women’s college basketball, basketball history and much more!

Add Locked On Women’s Basketball to your daily routine

Here at The Next, in addition to the 24/7/365 written content our staff provides, we also host the daily Locked On Women’s Basketball podcast. Join us Monday through Saturday each week as we discuss all things WNBA, collegiate basketball, basketball history and much more. Listen wherever you find podcasts or watch on YouTube.

Written by The Next

Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.