Caitlin Clark to enter WNBA Draft: Indiana Fever, Tamika Catchings among best reactions on social media

The wait is over.

Caitlin Clark will be entering the 2024 WNBA Draft. For the majority of her senior season at Iowa, fans have speculated whether she will stay another year with the Hawkeyes or take the leap to the WNBA.

The world now knows she’ll forego that fifth year in favor of the professional scene. Clark had that fifth season available to her because her freshman season was affected by COVID-19.

Clark still has one more regular season game remaining in her senior season before entering the Big Ten and NCAA Tournaments. She’s averaging 32.2 points, 8.7 assists, and 7.4 rebounds per game and is just 18 points shy of breaking Pete Maravich’s all-time overall NCAA scoring record.

Her decision has sparked plenty of reaction on social media with teams, leagues, players, and fans chiming in. Here’s a look at what they have to say.

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Reactions to Caitlin Clark’s decision to enter the WNBA Draft

Of all the draft-eligible players in men’s and women’s college basketball, Clark has the most popularity and excitement surrounding her. Her ability to score with ease, especially from 3-point range, has fans tuned in regularly.

The Iowa superstar is expected to be selected No. 1 overall in the WNBA Draft by the Indiana Fever, according to ESPN’s latest mock draft. The Fever wasted no time posting to X, formerly Twitter.

Clark liked the post, potentially indicating that she’s excited to join the Fever if she is selected No. 1.

The Fever posted twice more, reminding fans that they do, in fact, own the No. 1 pick of the 2024 WNBA Draft and to purchase season tickets.

If it wasn’t obvious who the Fever want to select at No.1, it may be clearer after these two posts.

Tamika Catchings, a former WNBA champion with the Fever, has already welcomed Clark to Indiana just minutes after her announcement.

Others, such as the WNBA’s official account, added to the social media fire with their own posts.  

Plenty of other notable WNBA and NBA personalities, including Phoenix Mercury play-by-play voice Cindy Brunson and NBA Hall-of-Famer Reggie Miller, have voiced their excitement over Clark likely joining the Fever.

When does the WNBA season start?

The WNBA season is scheduled to begin on May 14 and run through September. Playoffs follow suit in October and the offseason ensues afterward.

If the Indiana Fever select Clark with the No. 1 pick, she will debut on May 14 against the Connecticut Sun on the road. Her first home game in Indiana would be on May 16 against the New York Liberty.

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Clark will join the 2023 No. 1 overall pick Aliyah Boston in Indiana to create a strong duo for years to come. Fans have already imagined what the tandem will amount to.

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