2018 WNBA Draft
Complete draft results, quotes and videos of the 2018 WNBA Draft.
Just added: WNBA Draft quotes from A’ja Wilson, Diamond DeShields, Gabby Williams, Jordin Canada and more.
|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|
|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|
|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:
- 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.
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.