Where UConn women's basketball's three seniors are projected to go in the WNBA Draft

Where UConn women’s basketball’s three seniors are projected to go in the WNBA Draft

A little over a week after the conclusion of the college women’s basketball season, the nation’s top players will take the first step in their professional careers with hopes of being one of the 36 women selected in Monday’s WNBA Draft (7 pm on ESPN).

One hundred and eight players have entered their name on the candidate list for the draft. Only one third will hear their name called in the three-round draft held in person in New York.

UConn’s three seniors, Olivia Nelson-Ododa, Christyn Williams and Evina Westbrook, officially declared for the draft on Wednesday, forgoing any additional collegiate eligibility for the chance to start their pro careers this spring. Since none of the three were among the 12 players invited by the WNBA to attend the draft in person, each will be watching from their respective homes surrounded by family and friends. It will be the first time since 2018 that UConn had more than two players as draft candidates (no Huskies declared for the draft in 2021).

If drafted, each player will participate in their respective team’s training camp later this month. There, they must impress coaches and hope the team has enough room for not only their salary but their position to remain on the team following preseason cuts in early May. The WNBA season opens on May 6.

The Connecticut Sun has three picks in this year’s draft. Connecticut finished last season as the No. 1 overall seed heading into the playoffs before falling to WNBA champion Chicago in the semifinals.

Here’s a quick overview of where UConn’s players are projected to go and what the Sun is looking for heading into Monday’s draft:

Olivia Nelson-Ododa

ESPN analyst LaChina Robinson said Nelson-Ododa was among the late-round draft picks that could become a “steal” for teams.

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