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UConn Women’s Basketball WNBA Mock Draft Roundup

Where are Napheesa Collier and Katie Lou Samuelson projected to go in the WNBA Draft on Wednesday night?

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The 2019 WNBA Draft kicks off on Wednesday night in New York City and like most years, UConn women’s basketball will be well-represented. Seniors Napheesa Collier and Katie Lou Samuelson are both expected to be in attendance and are projected to go in the top 10. Here’s where the mock drafts are predicting the two will end up:

F - Napheesa Collier

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Collier’s projections are all over the board, ranging from the fourth pick to the ninth. The most frequent pick was the Chicago Sky though the Minnesota Lynx and Dallas Stars were popular picks as well. All but one mock draft tabbed Collier before Samuelson in the draft.

Geno Auriemma believes Collier will be great at the next level. But he hopes she gets drafted into the right situations.

“If she’s on the right team where they don’t have center that’s clogging up the lane, then I think she’s gonna be great,” he said after UConn’s Sweet Sixteen win over UCLA. “If she gets on a team where they have one big guy who stands in the lane the whole game, then she’s not gonna be able to do all the things that she does ... but my guess is the team that’s got a big guy like that won’t draft Pheesa. I hope.”

ESPNW: 7th Overall - Los Angeles Sparks

“Another player who has moved around a lot on the draft board, [Collier] could be picked higher. UConn pedigree and her relentless motor are her two best qualities.”

SB Nation: 5th Overall - Dallas Wings

“Collier is a do-it-all big, strong on both ends. Paired next to former UConn teammate Azura Stevens, Collier could form an elite one-two punch down low.”

Swish Appeal: 6th Overall - Minnesota Lynx

“Versatile and efficient, Collier is a player who is going to be useful anywhere she goes.”

High Post Hoops: 6th Overall - Minnesota Lynx

“Collier is solid-to-spectacular in every single area...Great, great value at the six spot.”

Newsday: 4th Overall - Chicago Sky

“Collier would be another intriguing piece to a talented Sky roster that underachieved last season.”

Louisville Courier-Journal: 4th Overall - Chicago Sky

“Her movement off the ball and versatility inspired ESPN analyst Kara Lawson to say, ‘Napheesa Collier is in the conversation for me to be the best player in the draft.’ She won’t be on the board for long.”

CBSSports.com: 9th Overall - Connecticut Sun

“It may be a bit of a surprise to see the near-unanimous All-American fall this far, but this draft is full of talented frontcourt players.”

WBasketballBlog: 5th Overall - Dallas Wings

Draft Site: 4th Overall - Chicago Sky


F/G - Katie Lou Samuelson

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The projections are consistent for Samuelson, with every outlet mocking her between the seventh and ninth picks. All three teams are good landing spots for Samuelson; if she gets picked by the Sparks, she gets to not only play in her hometown but she’ll also team up with her sister Karlie. With the Mercury, Samuelson still gets to be closer to home while playing alongside Diana Taurasi. And if taken by the Sun, the former UConn star will stay in the state she called home the last four years while also becoming teammates with Morgan Tuck yet again.

ESPNW: 9th Overall - Connecticut Sun

“Her 3-point shooting is her calling card, but she’s also a reliable passer. Plus, UConn standouts virtually always adapt well to the pro game.”

SB Nation: 8th Overall - Phoenix Mercury

“Samuelson is the best wing shooter in the draft, and she should thrive playing next to Diana Taurasi and Dewanna Bonner.”

Swish Appeal: 8th Overall - Phoenix Mercury

“At 6-foot-3, Samuelson’s shot is difficult to contest, and UConn had some success at using her in the post against smaller defenders. She’d make an excellent floor spacer alongside Brittney Griner.”

High Post Hoops: 9th Overall - Los Angeles Sparks

“Samuelson has every tool necessary to succeed in the WNBA.

Newsday: 7th Overall - Los Angeles Sparks

Samuelson is a smart player who comes from a winning environment. She is an elite shooter who is a matchup nightmare as a 6-3 wing.”

Louisville Courier-Journal: 9th Overall - Connecticut Sun

“Samuelson is known for her long-range shooting (86 made 3-pointers this season), and could easily function on the perimeter as either a shooting guard or a wing at the next level.”

CBSSports.com: 7th Overall - Los Angeles Sparks

“Picking up the best shooter in the draft will help bring their offense into the new era.”

WBasketballBlog: 9th Overall - Connecticut Sun

Draft Site: 7th Overall - Los Angeles Sparks

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The draft begins at 7 p.m. at the Nike New York Headquarters. The first round will be broadcast on ESPN2 with the second and third rounds shown on ESPNU at 8 p.m.