March 11, 2023 

Locked on Women’s Basketball: Finding second-round value with Zia Cooke, Taylor Soule and Endyia Rogers

Who are the second round standouts?

The latest episode of Locked on Women’s Basketball continues our series of scouting reports on the top 2023 WNBA Draft prospects! Host Hunter Cruse is joined by co-host Em Adler for detailed scouting reports on South Carolina’s Zia Cooke, Virginia Tech’s Taylor Soule and Oregon’s Endyia Rogers.

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South Carolina 5’9 guard Zia Cooke averages 15.3 points per game. The 2023 First Team All-SEC Gamecocks senior is part of a special senior class coming out of Columbia. Here’s Em’s analysis of Cooke’s upside:

“Zia Cooke is basically the reason that I started taking notes on prospects before they are even seniors. Just having watched South Carolina a little bit last year…She’s around 53% true shooting this year; she’s averaging more assists than turnovers and has been excellent at avoiding turnovers.

Oregon senior Endyia Rogers is a 5’7 guard averaging 16.5 points per game. Hunter provides analysis of the 2023 All-Pac-12 First Team member:

“With Rogers, you’re talking about just some of the skills that not a lot of prospects in this class have; just having a guard that can run a good pick-and-roll. There’s not many players in this class that I can actually trust to do that.”

Make sure to subscribe to the Locked on Women’s Basketball podcast to keep learning about the 2023 WNBA Draft, WNBA trades and free agency, women’s college basketball and much more! Hunter and Em will continue to provide weekly analysis of 2023 WNBA draft prospects. Stay tuned in the weeks leading up to the 2023 WNBA Draft.

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