2018 WNBA Draft

Complete draft results, quotes and videos of the 2018 WNBA Draft.

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 Round One:

Pick # Player School Drafting Team
1 A’ja Wilson South Carolina Las Vegas Aces
2 Kelsey Mitchell Ohio State Indiana Fever
3 Diamond DeShields Tennessee Chicago Sky
4 Gabby Williams Uconn Chicago Sky
5 Jordin Canada UCLA Seattle Storm
6 Azura Stevens Uconn Dallas Wings
7 Ariel Atkins Texas Washington Mystics
8 Victoria Vivians Mississippi State Indiana Fever
9 Lexie Brown Duke Connecticut Sun
10 Kia Nurse UConn New York Liberty
11 Maria Vadeeva Dynamo Kursk Los Angeles Sparks
12 Marie Gulich Oregon State Phoenix Mercury

 Round Two:

Pick # Player School Drafting Team
13 Jaime Nared Tennessee Las Vegas Aces
14 Stephanie Mavunga Ohio State Indiana Fever
15 Monique Billings UCLA Atlanta Dream
16 Kristy Wallace Baylor Atlanta Dream
17 Park Ji-su Cheong KB Stars Minnesota Lynx
18 Loryn Goodwin Oklahoma State Dallas Wings
19 Myisha Hines-Allen Louisville Washington Mystics
20 Tyler Scaife Rutgers Phoenix Mercury
21 Raisa Musina UMMC Ek. Russia Phoenix Mercury
22 Mercedes Russell Tennessee New York Liberty
23 Shakayla Thomas Florida State Los Angeles Sparks
24 Kahlia Lawrence Mercer Minnesota Lynx

 Round Three:

Pick # Player School Drafting Team
25 Raigyne Louis LSU Las Vegas Aces
26 Imani Wright Florida State Phoenix Mercury
27 Mackenzie Engram Georgia Atlanta Dream
28 Amarah Coleman DePaul Chicago Sky
29 Teana Muldrow West Virginia Seattle Storm
30 Natalie Butler George Mason Dallas Wings
31 Rebecca Greenwell Duke Washington Mystics
32 Jill Barta Gonzaga Las Vegas Aces
33 Mikayla Cowling California Connecticut Sun
34 Leslie Robinson Princeton New York Liberty
35 Julia Reisingerova Femeni Sant Adria Los Angeles Sparks
36 Carlie Wagner Minnesota Minnesota Lynx

Draft Day Trade:

  1. Las Vegas Aces traded the rights of Jill Barta and their 2019 WNBA Draft second-round draft selection to the Minnesota Lynx for the rights to Park Ji-su and Kahlia Lawrence.

Player Quotes:

A’ja Wilson – Las Vegas Aces

On being #1 overall: It’s such a great feeling. It means a lot to me to just kind of cap off my collegiate career with this. This is a great class. Just to be at the top, [it] really makes my heart warm. I’m pretty sure you could see my heart pounding through my jumpsuit when [Lisa Borders] was announcing [my name]. This is a great feeling. The nerves are gone now. It’s truly a blessing.

On matchup most looking forward to: I’m looking forward to [Dallas Wings guard] Allisha Gray. I’m looking forward to playing against her. I probably won’t guard her if that’s technically a matchup. That’s my roommate and my best friend. I’m just going to love to see her in the league. 

 

Azura Stevens – Dallas Wings

On being the #6 pick in the draft: Really excited, honestly. I’m just excited to get there and work with the team and the staff. It’s honestly just surreal. I’ve dreamed of this moment since I picked up a basketball, so for it to actually be happening is pretty amazing.  

How playing at Duke and UConn prepare her for the WNBA: I think it’s helped me be able to adjust. Going from one program into another program, it was hard to kind of let go of everything that was there and immerse myself into a new place. So I feel really confident going into this team to be able to adapt and adjust to the new environment and the team and whatever they need me to do. 

Diamond DeShields – Chicago Sky

Her relationship with Coach Stocks: Amber actually came out to Turkey to come see me. Obivously, that meant a lot. Her being the only coach to take out the time and put the extra effort to come all the way out there. So, it meant a lot to me. Amber is actually my trainer’s sister-in-law. I didn’t know her prior to this year. So, that connection kind of just happened on its own.

First impression of Chicago: First of all, the location – I’m happy with that. I’m happy where I’m going. I already have a relationship with the head coach [Amber Stocks]. I’m looking forward to working with her and I’ve also gotten to know Gabby [Williams]. So, I think those are just my first impressions so far. I think I have a pretty good feeling for them and they have a pretty good feeling for me. So, I’m looking forward to it.

Monique Billings – Atlanta Dream

On joining the Dream: Absolutely. My agent was telling me that it’s a really good fit. I know that wherever I end up, I’ll be utilized. I know that there’s a reason that I ended up in Atlanta so I’m really excited and ready to bring a championship home to “The A”. 

On having her teammate being drafted the same night: That’s a blessing as well. Having Jordin with me is like having my sister with me. We got dressed together today. We got ready together. Helped each other. She’s just a big supporter to me. I support her. So, it’s just a level of comfortability that we have amongst each other. 

 

Kia Nurse – New York Liberty

On New York needs perimeter, defense and scoring and if she is a good fit: Yes. Absolutely. The conversations that I’ve had with them, watching them over the last couple summers, I think it’s a place I fit in very well and I’m very excited to get started. 

If she is happy on going to New York and if she thought she would land with the Sun: No, if you ever get the opportunity to go to any kind of draft in your life, it’s wherever you get to play, wherever somebody picks you. I think I feel most fortunate and most blessed to have the opportunity to play in New York.

 

Jordin Canada – Seattle Storm

On being drafted by Seattle and joining Sue Bird:Yes, I love Sue Bird. She’s one of my role models. I enjoy watching her play. The way she leads her team and is able to create for others. That’s something I really want to learn from her and just continue to grow my game through her. Just the fact that I get to play with her, it’s just a blessing.

Biggest thing about being a rookie point guard: I think just getting stronger. I think that’s the biggest thing. You know I’m very small so being able to play against bigger and stronger guards, that’s going to be a challenge for me right away.  Just making sure I’m staying healthy and getting stronger every day.

Better veteran to have on her team than Sue: There’s so many, but I think Sue sets the standard. Why not learn from somebody who has the highest expectations? I’m just ready to learn from her.

 

Gabby Williams – Chicago Sky

On being selected by the Sky: My heart was pounding the entire night. I just hugged my mom and said we did it. It’s been a long journey. Just to finally hear my name being called, it was amazing. 

What she will bring to the Sky: I’m trying to bring some defense, be a playmaker for them and just make some things happen for my teammates.

On her UConn teammates being drafted that night: That’s awesome. That says so much about the program. Teams want UCONN players and that’s because what Coach [Auriemma} has done and how they developed us. I went to that program because I knew I was going to get better.

 

Kelsey Mitchell – Indiana Fever

How playing for USA Basketball will help her in the WNBA: I got a lot of true experience with USA Basketball. Watching vets like Sue Bird and Skylar Diggins-Smith. They kind of showed us the ropes. I’ve enjoyed every part of it. In particular, how the game goes. What to do. What to not. The persona. The body language, being open to learn. Knowing that that aspect alone will help me a lot in the long run. It’s really exciting. I was kind of able to look back at things. I want to go to a team like open. Going to that program and being able to talk to Coach Pokey about any and everything — her helping [me] and teaching me everything will help, too. 

On being drafted by the Fever: It was kind of crazy. I was sweating a lot. It wasn’t like that at first. We were kind of chilling. The closer it got, the more intense it got. Once my name was called, I was kind of like jittery. 

How she is going to fit in with the Fever: Hopefully, I do. I haven’t met them, but I know they’re all great players and come from great programs on the collegiate level. I’m looking forward to that. 

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