WNBA Mock Draft 2024: Projecting where Angel Reese, other March Madness stars will be picked after Caitlin Clark

The 2024 Women’s NCAA Tournament is off to a compelling start and the competition is only going to continue to get better.

As college’s top players look to lead their respective teams to the promised land, WNBA executives have a close eye on the proceedings as they look to identify the prospects capable of making an immediate impact on their respective franchises.

Standing alone atop all draft boards and mocks in Iowa superstar Caitlin Clark, who has rewritten the record books during her college career and will enter the WNBA with astronomical expectations, all of which she is capable of meeting.

The class is much more than Clark, though, as the women’s college basketball landscape is complete with other draft-eligible stars like Stanford’s Cameron Brink, Tennessee’s Rickea Jackson, LSU’s Angel Reese and South Carolina’s Kamilla Cardoso.

With the 2024 WNBA Draft coming just eight days after the women’s tournament concludes, there’s no time like the present to take stock of where this year’s stars could land.

The Sporting News has you covered with a 2024 WNBA Mock Draft ahead of the Sweet 16.

MORE: Meet The Sporting News 2023-24 Women’s College Basketball All-America Team

WNBA Mock Draft 2024

(Players that have not yet officially declared for the 2024 WNBA Draft are marked with an asterisk.)

1. Indiana Fever: Caitlin Clark, Iowa

Age: 22, Senior

Position: Guard

Height: 6-0

It’s no secret that Clark’s name will be the first called in the 2024 WNBA Draft.

Iowa’s superstar senior has generational shooting and passing skills that will immediately translate to the next level, making her a wonderful pairing alongside Aliyah Boston, last year’s No. 1 overall pick and WNBA Rookie of the Year.

With Clark and Boston leading the charge, the Fever will look to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2016.

MORE: Why Caitlin Clark is Sporting News Women’s College Basketball Player of the Year

2. Los Angeles Sparks: Cameron Brink, Stanford

Age: 22, Senior

Position: Forward

Height: 6-4

Brink will leave Stanford as one of the greatest defenders the college game has ever seen. The nation’s leader in blocks per game (3.6) has won Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year three consecutive times.

In addition to her rim protection, Brink’s overall game has grown each year, with her evolving into averaging 17.5 points and 11.9 rebounds as a senior. That evolution shows her potential is through the roof and she’ll continue to grow as LA rebuilds.

MORE: Cameron Brink on her WNBA future, Stanford career and more

3. Chicago Sky (from Phoenix): Rickea Jackson, Tennessee

Age: 23, Fifth year

Position: Forward

Height: 6-2

Jackson, who had a great showing in the tournament, won’t fall past third in this draft.

While the Lady Vols were eliminated in the Round of 32, Jackson posted averages of 29.5 points and 9.5 rebounds on 63.9 shooting in the final two games of her career. She is a natural scorer and is one of, if not the most, pro-ready prospects in this draft.

A scorer of Jackson’s caliber will accelerate the rebuild in a new era of Sky basketball.

4. Los Angeles Sparks (from Seattle): Kamilla Cardoso, South Carolina*

Age: 22, Senior

Position: Center

Height: 6-7

LA has two picks in the top four and while the fit between Cardoso and Brink might seem tricky, the Sparks can afford to figure it out.

In time, LA could boast one of the game’s most fearsome frontcourts. Cardoso won Defensive Player of the Year honors as a freshman in the ACC and a senior in the SEC. She’s a staunch rim protector and an evolving scorer. Reloading the frontcourt is the best way to adjust to life post-Nneka Ogwumike.

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MORE: Learn more about Kamilla Cardoso, South Carolina’s SEC Tournament hero

5. Dallas Wings (from Chicago): Aaliyah Edwards, Connecticut

Age: 21, Senior

Position: Forward

Height: 6-3

Edwards is one of the most talented players in the college game, posting averages of 17.6 points and 9.4 rebounds while shooting 59.3 percent from the field in 2023-24.

Dallas is in an interesting position with a roster numbers crunch and the uncertainty surrounding All-WNBA forward Satou Sabally, who underwent surgery on her shoulder in February. Edwards adds a boost to a team looking to build on its playoff run in 2023.

6. Washington Mystics: Jacy Sheldon, Ohio State

Age: 23, Fifth year

Position: Guard

Height: 5-10

Sheldon fills a major void at the guard position by providing a scoring punch and staunch perimeter defense. With Elena Delle Donne sitting out of the 2024 season and Natasha Cloud moving on in free agency, it’s a new era in D.C. Adding Sheldon helps the Mystics stay on track.

7. Minnesota Lynx: Angel Reese, LSU*

Age: 21, Junior

Position: Forward

Height: 6-3

With averages of 21.0 points and 14.4 rebounds during her time at LSU, Reese is a walking double-double. She’d immediately bolster Minnesota’s frontcourt while adding to an LSU-to-Lynx lineage headlined by Seimone Augustus and Sylvia Fowles — incredible company.

8. Chicago Sky (from Atlanta, via Los Angeles): Nyadiew Puoch, Southside Flyers (Australia)

Age: 19

Position: Forward

Height: 6-3

Chicago has two first-round picks and would be wise to use one on a young prospect like Puoch, who was given “The Block Doctor” nickname thanks to her athleticism and rim protection. The Sky are building for the future and can mold Puoch into the type of player they envision being a part of it.

9. Dallas Wings: Georgia Amoore, Virginia Tech*

Age: 22, Senior

Position: Guard

Height: 5-6

While there are uncertainties surrounding its roster, one thing is certain: Dallas needs a guard.

Amoore is one of the best guards in this class and should be available here. She displays fearlessness in a diminutive frame and averaged 18.8 points and 6.8 assists as a senior.

10. Connecticut Sun: Ayoka Lee, Kansas State

Age: 23, Redshirt senior

Position: Center

Height: 6-6

The Sun could use frontcourt depth and Lee certainly checks that box. The 6-6 redshirt senior is a four-time First Team All-Big 12 selection, earning the honors in 2023-24 despite undergoing knee surgery in 2022 and midseason ankle surgery in January 2024.

11. New York Liberty: Alissa Pili, Utah

Age: 22, Fifth year

Position: Forward

Height: 6-2

The Liberty came a few wins shy of a title in 2023 and have a loaded starting unit. New York can improve in the frontcourt, and adding a unique talent like Pili makes plenty of sense.

Pili has a knack for scoring, can space the floor from the forward position and would play well off of New York’s stars.

12. Atlanta Dream: Charisma Osborne, UCLA

Age: 22, Fifth year

Position: Guard

Height: 5-9

The Dream need a guard and getting Osborne to close out the first round would be a great play.

After five years at UCLA, Osborne’s experience should help her adjust to the pro game. At the next level, she can display an all-around game as a scorer, distributor and rebounder from the guard position.

WNBA Draft order 2024

Below is the complete order of the 2024 WNBA Draft. The draft consists of three rounds, with each round consisting of 12 picks. All selections will be made on the same day.

First Round

  1. Indiana Fever
  2. Los Angeles Sparks
  3. Chicago Sky (from Phoenix)
  4. Los Angeles Sparks (from Seattle)
  5. Dallas Wings (from Chicago)
  6. Washington Mystics
  7. Minnesota Lynx
  8. Chicago Sky (from Atlanta, via Los Angeles)
  9. Dallas Wings
  10. Connecticut Sun
  11. New York Liberty
  12. Atlanta Dream (from Las Vegas, via Los Angeles)

Second Round

  1.  Chicago Sky (from Phoenix)
  2.  Seattle Storm
  3.  Indiana Fever
  4.  Las Vegas Aces (from Los Angeles)
  5.  New York Liberty (from Chicago)
  6.  Las Vegas Aces (from Washington)
  7.  Connecticut Sun (from Minnesota)
  8.  Atlanta Dream
  9.  Washington Mystics (from Dallas)
  10.  Connecticut Sun
  11.  New York Liberty
  12.  Las Vegas Aces

Third Round

  1.  Phoenix Mercury
  2.  Seattle Storm
  3.  Indiana Fever
  4.  Los Angeles Sparks
  5.  Phoenix Mercury (from Chicago)
  6.  Washington Mystics 
  7.  Minnesota Lynx
  8.  Atlanta Dream
  9.  Dallas Wings
  10.  Connecticut Sun
  11.  New York Liberty
  12.  Las Vegas Aces

When is the 2024 WNBA Draft?

  • Date: Monday, April 15
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. ET | 4:30 p.m. PT
  • TV channel: ESPN

The 2024 WNBA Draft takes place on Monday, April 15. The draft will be held at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York and will be a seated event with fans in attendance for the first time since 2016. 

When does the 2024 WNBA season start?

The 2024 WNBA season begins on Tuesday, May 14. Here is the schedule for opening day:

  • Liberty vs. Mystics, 7 p.m. ET
  • Fever vs. Sun, 8 p.m. ET
  • Mercury vs. Aces, 10 p.m. ET
  • Lynx vs. Storm, 10 p.m. ET

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