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The WNBA Draft is still a month away, but with March Madness coming up (and some potential top picks in action), this is a good time to discuss some of the top talent in women’s basketball. There are some great players in the NCAA right now, and some of them are preparing for the next stage of their career (the WNBA). Let’s examine some of those players, and where they could land in the draft. 

1.) Caitlin Clark

Caitlin Clark is a name fans will hear from now on. She has accomplished great things in her college career, and she is ready to make an impact in the WNBA. Clark averages 32.2 points, 8.7 assists and 7.3 rebounds. She is known for her scoring, but as her stats show, she does a little bit of everything. Clark is a special player, and one that can turn around a franchise. Clark is the consensus first pick, and the pairing of her and Aliyah Boston (last year’s first pick) will be intriguing. 

2.) Cameron Brink

Cameron Brink is a member of the Stanford Cardinals. She averages a double-double with 17.8 points and 12.0 rebounds. She also averages 3.5 blocks. Brink is a talented player that a team could build around. This is especially true for a team like the Los Angeles Sparks, who lost their star player Nneka Ogwumike to the Seattle Storm this offseason. It is safe to say the Sparks are officially in rebuild mode, and Brink could be one of the players that gets them back on track.

3.) Kamila Cardoso

Kamila Cardoso is a center for the South Carolina Gamecocks. She averages 14.1 points and 10.0 rebounds. This is Cardoso’s best year, and as South Carolina continues to play excellent basketball, she has been key in their success. Cardoso has a bright future and can help out a team right away.

4.) Rickea Jackson

Rickea Jackson is a member of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers. She averages 19.1 points and eight rebounds. This is not the first time Jackson was projected as a top pick. She had a chance to enter the 2023 WNBA draft, but she chose to stay for a fifth season (due to players being given a fifth year of eligibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic). Jackson has great potential, and can help out the right team. And if she does go fourth, she may be paired with another top pick (such as Brink).

5.)Aaliyah Edwards

Aaliyah Edwards is a member of the UConn Huskies. She averages 17.9 points and 9.5 rebounds. Edwards is a key player for UConn, and while her teammate Paige Bueckers (who was also projected to be a top pick) is staying at UConn, Edwards could move on to the next step of her career. However, it should be noted that she also has a chance to stay for another year if she chooses. Edwards is a skilled player that could help out either a team looking to rebuild or she can also be a player that can help a fringe playoff team improve. It will be interesting to see where she lands.

While this will likely be the top five of this year’s draft (in one order or another), there are other players outside of the top five to keep an eye on. Whether it is Angel Reese (who is projected to go in the top 10), Alissa Pili, Deja Kelly and more, they are some good players coming out this year. The draft will be here before you know it, and we will see where everyone lands. 

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