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ESPN Projects WNBA Draft Position for Samuelson, Collier

The two Husky seniors are currently projected to be first round picks by the Worldwide Leader.

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ESPN’s Michelle Voepel projected the first three rounds of this year’s WNBA Draft, with two UConn Huskies slated to go in the first round.

Voepel predicted Katie Lou Samuelson would go 9th overall to the Connecticut Sun and had Napheesa Collier getting picked 12th overall in the final pick of the first round by the Seattle Storm.

There are some trade winds around the league which might impact the draft, namely Dallas center Liz Cambage requesting a trade and former Husky Maya Moore likely to be traded as well. That said, there seems to be differing opinions between ESPN’s projection of UConn’s seniors with others’ projections.

High Post Hoops’ Howard Megdal had Samuelson going first overall, to the Las Vegas Aces, where she would join former teammate Moriah Jefferson. Megdal also had Collier going earlier, at 7th overall to the LA Sparks.

The Associated Press, which polls WNBA GMs and head coaches for its mock draft, has Samuelson going to the Dallas Wings at fifth and also has Collier at seventh.

Both the AP and High Post Hoops did not include underclassmen who may declare, which explains why both Collier and Samuelson are lower in the ESPN mock, which does. ESPN has Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu and Notre Dame’s Jackie Young, both juniors who will be eligible, projected first and fifth overall, respectively.