With scouting reports from Aneela Khan (@whoopsblogger) and Eric Nemchock (@nemchocke)

Meet the top 30 prospects of the 2019 WNBA Draft.

Asia Durr

Asia Durr

5’10 | G | Louisville

A crafty, slick-shooting guard who can light up the scoreboard in a hurry

This 5’10 sharpshooter is no stranger to the big stage. Durr has led a strong Louisville program to consistently lofty heights, making big shot after big shot to keep them in the conversation as Final Four favorites. There’s no shot the smooth lefty can’t hit; couple this with a rock-solid handle and you’ve got a highly entertaining player, as proven by her historic senior night performance. Durr’s game is more than just hype, though. She’s ready for the WNBA, and should make an immediate impact as a top-four pick.

Strengths

Can shoot from anywhere; takes the 3 if opponents go under screens; crafty dribbler and playmaker.

Weaknesses

Average athleticism; may have trouble getting shot off against stronger/faster defenders at the pro level.

Individual rank given by Aneela and Eric

Aneela: 1, Eric: 2.


Napheesa Collier

Napheesa Collier

6’1 | F | Connecticut

Efficient forward with a long wingspan who can play both inside and out

It’s been quite the collegiate career for Collier. While she has never been the go-to star during her time with the UConn machine, her game doesn’t lend itself to hero ball anyway; she’s put up an effective field goal percentage north of 60% in each of her past three seasons (per Her Hoop Stats), thanks mostly to well-timed basket cuts and taking advantage of mismatches. While such opportunities will be rarer in the pros (she’ll likely be asked to play much more on the perimeter), Collier’s basketball IQ, Team USA experience, and winning pedigree make her a safe first-round option for just about any team.

Strengths

Versatility at both ends of the floor; height and length suggests she will be a solid defender; highly efficient from 2-point range.

Weaknesses

Inconsistent 3-point shot; may be more of a tweener at the pro level.

Individual rank given by Aneela and Eric

Aneela: 2, Eric: 1.


Teaira McCowan

Teaira McCowan

6’7 | C | Mississippi State

A strong shot-blocker who is nearly impossible to keep off the offensive boards

If you’ve followed the later stages of the NCAA tournament in recent years, you’re probably familiar with McCowan. She’s been the anchor of Mississippi State’s fearsome defense during their rise to power, blocking shots left and right while giving her team countless second-chance opportunities with offensive rebounds. It remains to be seen how “Big T” will adjust to defending outside the paint, but you just can’t teach what she brings physically. WNBA teams looking for height in the draft will probably look her way first.

Strengths

Pure size and upper body strength; menacing presence defending the rim; knows how to use length on the offensive glass.

Weaknesses

Defending in space will be a question mark; offensive game still raw in most areas.

Individual rank given by Aneela and Eric

Aneela: 3, Eric: 4.


Jackie Young

Jackie Young

6’0 | G | Notre Dame | Junior who may declare for draft

The reigning champs’ swiss army knife will impact the draft order considerably if she declares eligibility

Notre Dame is loaded with WNBA-level talent this season, and while Young may not be their flashiest player, she’s their most appealing prospect. At 6’0”, she leads the team in assists and assist / turnover ratio, and has recorded a pair of triple-doubles on the season. Such playmaking ability from a perimeter player of her height would be a valuable asset to any WNBA team. Young is only a junior, but if she forgoes her final year of NCAA play to declare for the WNBA Draft, she’ll give GMs of teams picking in the top six something big to consider.

Strengths

Playmaking ability at good size for her position; can impact the game in different ways; has the tools to defend multiple positions at the pro level; takes good care of the basketball.

Weaknesses

Questionable 3-point shot; may not have a well-defined position on offense.

Individual rank given by Aneela and Eric

Aneela: 4, Eric: 3.


Kalani Brown

Kalani Brown

6’7 | C | Baylor

One of the best centers in the country, Kalani Brown has made her impact well-known as a potential top 4 WNBA Draft prospect

Kalani Brown has become one of the best bigs for Baylor and in the Big 12, and will look to continue doing that in the WNBA.

Strengths

Good scorer, excellent rebounder. Plays great defense.

Weaknesses

Needs to improve her passing game as she comes into the WNBA.

Individual rank given by Aneela and Eric

Aneela: 5, Eric: 6.


Kristine Anigwe

Kristine Anigwe

6’4 | C | California

Physically gifted athlete and rebound magnet who has rewritten the Pac-12 record books

Anigwe’s senior season at Cal has been chock-full of accolades. She entered the season primed to become one of the best players in Pac-12 history, and it’s safe to say that’s been accomplished; she now owns school records in both scoring and rebounding, highlighted by an historic 32-point, 30-rebound performance. Anigwe is currently leading the country in total rebounding rate, per Her Hoop Stats, and her blend of length and athleticism all but ensures she’ll be near the top of everyone’s draft board.

Strengths

Superb leaper and rebounder; gets off the floor quickly; makes difficult catches look easy; moves feet well for a player of her size.

Weaknesses

Skills still need to catch up to physical tools; can she excel at the power forward position? Passing out of low post will likely need some work.

Individual rank given by Aneela and Eric

Aneela: 7, Eric: 5.


Arike Ogunbowale

Arike Ogunbowale

5’8 | G | Notre Dame

Arike Ogunbowale is one of the best players on the Notre Dame women’s basketball team, and looks to make the same impact as a WNBA Draft prospect.

Arike Ogunbowale is a flashy and elite scoring guard who has made a tremendous impact for Notre Dame, as well as women’s college basketball, and is also widely known outside of the sport.

Strengths

Is a terrific scorer, can make great plays in the clutch, great passer.

Weaknesses

Defense needs to improve as well as three point shooting percentage.

Individual rank given by Aneela and Eric

Aneela: 6, Eric: 8.


Kennedy Burke

Kennedy Burke

6’1 | G | UCLA

Long-armed perimeter player who can defend multiple positions at a high level

UCLA lost a lot to the draft last year, but they’ve been right back in the thick of it this season, and Burke is a big reason why. She’s been one of the Bruins’ better defenders since she was recruited, and while her offense is still developing, she’s been able to bully smaller guards down low and make an impact on the glass as well. Burke’s physical tools alone make her an intriguing late-second round draft candidate, and if she can hit spot-up jumpers at a decent clip, WNBA coaches will have a solid plug-and-play option on their hands.

Strengths

Height and wingspan make her an elite defensive prospect; developing low post game allow her to take advantage of smaller defenders.

Weaknesses

Offensive game still raw (3-point shot in particular); trouble creating her own shot.

Individual rank given by Aneela and Eric

Aneela: 12, Eric: 12.


Katie Lou Samuelson

Katie Lou Samuelson

6’3 | G | Connecticut

Katie Lou Samuelson has become one of the most important players for Connecticut in her four years with the women's basketball team.

Katie Lou Samuelson has become an key player for Connecticut over the years thanks to her shooting ability.

Strengths

Good scorer, good mid range shooter, excellent free-throw shooter and good rebounder.

Weaknesses

Defense needs improvement.

Individual rank given by Aneela and Eric

Aneela: 8, Eric: 7.


Alanna Smith

Alanna Smith

6’4 | F | Stanford

Skilled power forward with stretch four potential

The Melbourne native has continued Stanford’s recent history of strong power forward play. Smith has broken out in a big way during her senior campaign, averaging nearly 20 points per game on better than 50% from the field and nearly 40% from long range. That outside shooting will likely be her calling card in the WNBA as the league places more and more emphasis on floor spacing. If Smith is able to play some minutes at center in small-ball lineups, she’ll be that much more effective for whichever team drafts her.

Strengths

Strong outside shooter at the power forward position; high basketball IQ; runs the floor well.

Weaknesses

Average athleticism; may get bullied physically by stronger players.

Individual rank given by Aneela and Eric

Aneela: 10, Eric: 9.


Megan Gustafson

Megan Gustafson

6’3 | F/ C | Iowa

Megan Gustafson has become one of the best players to play for the University of Iowa women’s basketball team.

Megan Gustafson is one of the best senior forwards/centers in the country and has solidified herself among Iowa’s women’s basketball all time greats.

Strengths

Great scorer, excellent mid range game, good free throw shooter, excellent rebounder.

Weaknesses

Needs to work on her passing game and defense needs improvement.

Individual rank given by Aneela and Eric

Aneela: 9, Eric: 11.


Han Xu

Han Xu

6’9 | C | China

Young star of Chinese national team brings unrivaled height and wingspan to this draft class

Like Magbegor, Han is somewhat of a wild card. She’s even younger (she just turned 19 in October), but her potential is undeniable. Standing at 6’9” with a massive wingspan, Han is already a big-time rim protector, and chances are she develops into an above average rebounder as well, based on her height alone. Perhaps most impressively of all, Han played her best basketball against Team USA in the 2018 FIBA World Cup, scoring 20 points in just 22 minutes. Wherever she’s drafted, Han will be great value as a “project” player, and if she’s able to play in the WNBA, she’ll almost certainly make an impact.

Strengths

Massive frame and wingspan; good motor for a player of her size; oozing with potential.

Weaknesses

Still needs to grow into her frame somewhat; uncertain status regarding WNBA.

Individual rank given by Aneela and Eric

Aneela: 11, Eric: 10.


Kiara Leslie

Kiara Leslie

6’0 | G | NC State

Solid all-around guard who offers size and shooting

The Wolfpack have been one of the NCAA’s feel-good stories this season, much of the thanks to going to their graduate student Leslie. She’s led them to a dozen wins in the tough ACC, and has responded to a slew of injuries with the strongest play of her collegiate career: 15.5 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, along with a 37.9% 3-point percentage. As a WNBA prospect, Leslie offers athleticism and size on the perimeter, and could be molded into a “3 and D” type of player by a coaching staff with patience.

Strengths

WNBA frame and athleticism; good outside shooter; should be able to defend several positions at the pro level.

Weaknesses

Doesn’t excel in any one area; scoring efficiency brought down by lukewarm 2-point FG%.

Individual rank given by Aneela and Eric

Aneela: 13, Eric: 13.


Bridget Carleton

Bridget Carleton

6’1 | G | Iowa State

Bridget Carleton has become one of the best players to ever play for Iowa State

She made history as the Big 12 conference new scoring leader. A terrific scoring guard who has broken the Iowa State record book many times, and has made her impact known. She now looks to continue doing that in the WNBA.

Strengths

Excellent scorer, good mid range shooter, good passer, excellent free throw shooter and good rebounder.

Weaknesses

Defense needs to improve as well as her three point shooting percentage.

Individual rank given by Aneela and Eric

Aneela: 14, Eric: 14.



15. Sophie Cunningham

6’1 | G | Missouri

Sophie Cunningham has become an integral part of the Missouri women’s basketball team and is their best player

Sophie Cunningham has helped transform Missouri into a contender in a tough SEC conference, and she has made her mark among the Missouri greats.

Strengths

Good mid range shooter, good three point shooter, excellent FT shooter. Good scorer.

Weaknesses

Not a good rebounder, defense needs to improve. Needs to become a better passer.

Individual rank given by Aneela and Eric

Aneela: 15, Eric: 16.


16. Brianna Turner

6’3 | F | Notre Dame

Brianna Turner is the steady force behind Notre Dame’s success

Although her teammate Arike Ogunbowale may be more well-known, don’t discount Brianna Turner’s contributions. She’s a solid and reliable player who has quietly contributed to Notre Dame’s tremendous success over the past couple of years.

Strengths

Excellent mid range game, plays great defensively, is a good shot blocker.

Weaknesses

Needs to work on free throw shooting percentage and improve her passing game.

Individual rank given by Aneela and Eric

Aneela: 17, Eric: 17.


17. Jessica Shepard

6’4 | F | Notre Dame

Jessica Shepard has quickly integrated as part of Notre Dame’s success after transferring from University of Minnesota three years ago

Jessica Shepard is a double-double threat every night for Notre Dame, and is one of the reasons why Notre Dame has been so successful.

Strengths

Excellent mid range game, great rebounder, good passer.

Weaknesses

Defense needs to improve as well as free throw shooting percentage.

Individual rank given by Aneela and Eric

Aneela: 16, Eric: 20.


18. Eziyoda Magbegor

6’4 | F | Australia

Athletic, long-armed forward with a high ceiling and shot-blocking profile

It can be difficult to evaluate prospects like Magbegor. She’s just 19 years old, so there’s not a huge amount of data to look at, and playing behind Liz Cambage for the Australian national team further limited such big-stage opportunities. What we did see was promising, however; in the 2018 FIBA World Cup, Magbegor shot 81.8% from the field, showing good touch at the rim and athletic movement in pick-and-roll situations. It’s not yet certain when (or if) Magbegor will show up to the WNBA, but you can bet that there are several GMs willing to draft and stash her while she develops.

Strengths

Above average athleticism; moves her feet well; efficient scorer at the rim; still plenty of room to grow.

Weaknesses

Still somewhat of an unknown due to small sample size of international play and Australian national team status; how often will she be able to play in the WNBA?

Individual rank given by Aneela and Eric

Aneela: 22, Eric: 15.


19. Cierra Dillard

5’9 | G | Buffalo

High-volume lead guard who stuffs the stat sheet

On the surface, Dillard’s statistics are extremely impressive. She leads the country in free throws made, is second in scoring, and is way up there in assists, steals, 3-pointers...you name it, and chances are Dillard has done it. Playing for a mid-major will more than likely work against her when it comes to WNBA draft stock, though, and she doesn’t have the explosion or size of many other players in this class, so it’s hard to imagine how she’ll perform against that level of competition. Another strong run for Buffalo in the NCAA tournament would be of great benefit to Dillard.

Strengths

Contributes at a high volume in almost every area of the box score; can create shots for herself or others.

Weaknesses

Average size and athleticism; lack of experience against power conference opponents may hurt her.

Individual rank given by Aneela and Eric

Aneela: 19, Eric: 19.


20. Paris Kea

5’9 | G | North Carolina

A great scoring guard who has been one of North Carolina’s best players in just three years after she transferred from Vanderbilt University.

A talented scorer who has become one of the ACC conference top players and has consistently raised her game every season.

Strengths

Terrific scorer, good free throw shooter.

Weaknesses

Three point shooting needs improvement, as well as her field goal shooting percentage.

Individual rank given by Aneela and Eric

Aneela: 18, Eric: 22.


21. Anriel Howard

5’11 | F | Mississippi State

Anriel Howard had a successful college career at Texas A&M and continued the same success with Mississippi State as a graduate student.

Anriel Howard is a great forward despite her size and is a double-double threat every time she plays.

Strengths

Good mid range game, great rebounder. Good scorer.

Weaknesses

Gets into foul trouble quickly, needs to improve her free throw shooting and three point shooting percentage.

Individual rank given by Aneela and Eric

Aneela: 21, Eric: 21.


22. Caliya Robinson

6’3 | F | Georgia

Rangey, mobile forward with a strong defensive background

Carving out a niche as one of the SEC’s strongest defensive players, Robinson has perfectly embodied Georgia’s “grit and grind” philosophy during her time there. She gives up several inches of height on most nights, but her wingspan and foot speed make up for most of that; per Her Hoop Stats, Robinson’s defensive metrics stack up among the best. She’s also shown some range on offense, giving her plenty of tools for WNBA coaches to work with. They’ll just need to make sure she looks to drive the ball before settling.

Strengths

Mobility and length at the power forward position; holds her own defensively against bigger post players; shows flashes of a 3-point shot.

Weaknesses

Tends to fall in love with the outside shot; poor 2-point FG% for a post player.

Individual rank given by Aneela and Eric

Aneela: 27, Eric: 18.


23. Marina Mabrey

5’11 | G | Notre Dame

Marina Mabrey has become one of the top players for Notre Dame

Marina Mabrey is one of Notre Dame’s most known players, and has solidified herself among their greats with her toughness and willingness to do the dirty work.

Strengths

Excellent three point shooter, good mid range game and has improved her defense.

Weaknesses

Needs to work on getting to the free throw line more if she wants to compete for a spot on a WNBA roster.

Individual rank given by Aneela and Eric

Aneela: 20, Eric: 27.


24. Allazia Blockton

6’0 | G | Marquette

In just four years Allazia Blockton has become one of the best women’s basketball players to ever play at Marquette, and will look to bring that same impact to the WNBA

Allazia Blockton has achieved so much at Marquette and has continuously been one of the Big East conference top players.

Strengths

A terrific scorer who can score in a variety of ways. She is also an good free-throw shooter.

Weaknesses

Her defense needs to improve if she wants a spot on a WNBA roster.

Individual rank given by Aneela and Eric

Aneela: 24, Eric: 24.


25. Sam Fuehring

6'3 | F | Louisville

Sam Fuehring has become one of the most important starters for Louisville

Known for her three-point shooting and defensive skills, she will look to try to fight for a spot on a WNBA roster.

Strengths

Great three-point shooter, good passer.

Weaknesses

Her offense could use some work if she wants to make a WNBA roster.

Individual rank given by Aneela and Eric

Aneela: 25, Eric: 25.


26. Naomi Davenport

6'0 | G | West Virginia

Naomi Davenport has become one of the leading players for West Virginia

A guard who can shoot well and rebound and will try to fight for a spot on a WNBA roster.

Strengths

Good rebounder, good mid range shooter, good scorer.

Weaknesses

Not a great three-point shooter as well as being a poor FT shooter.

Individual rank given by Aneela and Eric

Aneela: 28, Eric: 23.


27. Maite Cazorla

5'10 | G | Oregon

Maite Cazorla has helped transform Oregon and its program to success

A great guard who has made a name for herself thanks to her excellent guard skills, now hopes to do that as she competes for a spot on a WNBA roster.

Strengths

Excellent three-point shooter. Good FT shooter.

Weaknesses

Her defense could use some improvement if she wants a WNBA roster spot.

Individual rank given by Aneela and Eric

Aneela: 23, Eric: .


28. Natisha Hiedeman

5'8 | G | Marquette

One of the players that gave Marquette University into an up and coming program

Natisha Hiedeman is one of three Marquette seniors who has helped Marquette's program become good.

Strengths

Good scorer, good mid-range shooter.

Weaknesses

Three-point shooting needs to improve as well as FT shooting.

Individual rank given by Aneela and Eric

Aneela: 26, Eric: 29.


29. Mariya Moore

6'0 | G | South California

Mariya Moore is one of Southern California's best players

A shooting guard who can get going in a hurry, but will need more than that to stand out among other WNBA Draft prospects.

Strengths

Good passer, good defensively.

Weaknesses

Poor mid-range and three-point shooter. FT shooting could also improve.

Individual rank given by Aneela and Eric

Aneela: , Eric: 26.


30. Kenisha Bell

5’9 | G | Minnesota

Speedy point guard who excels at getting to the rim and drawing contact

Who better to lead a Lindsay Whalen-coached team than a point guard? Bell has excelled in Whalen’s first season at the helm for the Gophers, using her speed with the basketball to physically impose her will. She ranks near the top of the NCAA leaderboards in free throws attempted, assists, and steals, making her a good candidate for a system that likes to push tempo and pressure with its lead guards. Bell will need to improve her shooting to really stand out, however; teams tend to play her for the jumper, especially when she doesn’t have the basketball in her hands.

Strengths

Next-level full-court speed; good distributor; gets to the free throw line.

Weaknesses

Probably won’t be much of an off-ball player at the pro level; outside shooting; stats might be inflated some playing against poor Big 10 defenses.

Individual rank given by Aneela and Eric

Aneela: 29, Eric: 28.