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What’s Next for the WNBA?: An Inside Look of the 2024 Draft

Since the women’s basketball collegiate season is officially over, many basketball fans are anticipating the best WNBA draft to ever be televised. When players become seniors, they have to make an important decision: entering the professional league (WNBA) draft or staying an additional year for another degree. And while the WNBA is still growing in popularity, this year is the most productive year to grow its viewership because of big-time players such as Clark, Brink, and Reese.

Caitlin Clark, Cameron Brink, and Aaliyah Edwards lined up as top picks in the Mock Draft. (Katie Trinh)

In this year’s March Madness, the women’s side has sold more tickets than ever before. Arenas were sold out and ticket prices increased drastically. The growth of women’s college basketball has been huge, not just for the NCAA, but also professional leagues as well. With this season being the most watched season yet, many of the top teams star senior players, meaning their fan bases will most likely be following them to the WNBA. 

This would be beneficial for the league and the growth of female sports advertising for individual players. Caitlin Clark, Cameron Brink, Rickea Jackson, Kamilla Cardoso, and Jacy Sheldon are the top five picks and are predicted to be the first five drafted. All five and their teams participated in the March Madness tournament (where they were ranked highly), consistently selling out arenas and being watched on national television.

Angel Reese, former 2023 National Champion, recently declared her commitment to the WNBA 2024 Draft. Her fanbase waited for her announcement earlier in the season, hoping for a bittersweet goodbye. Selfishly, fans hoped Reese would choose to stay another year in hopes for another championship ring. But they also understand the importance for her to move on and create a name for herself at the professional level while they wish her the best. 

Cameron Brink, Caitlin Clark, Rickea Jackson in front of the WNBA logo. (Katie Trinh)

She tells Vogue, “I’ve done everything I wanted to in college.” After all, she has won a national championship, received SEC (Southeastern Conference) Player of the Year, and has been named an All-American. After LSU’s loss in the final four against Iowa, Reese takes that last final step of her college career and is excited to move forward to bring her skills to the next level. “My ultimate goal is to be a pro — and to be one of the greatest basketball players to ever play. I feel like I’m ready,” she claims. 

When asked about why she chose this decision over staying at LSU for an additional year, she explains, “I want to start at the bottom again.” She feels that she has done all that she can do during her two years at LSU, and wants another challenge. Reese explains, “I want to be a rookie again and build myself back up. I want to be knocked down and learn and grow at the next level.” 

Playing in the WNBA will introduce a whole elevated game for players like Reese. In college, players are accustomed to a certain pace, defense, experience, etc. In the WNBA, the competitors are taller, bigger, stronger, and more experienced than these upcoming rookies. Reese embraces this challenge and chooses not to shy away from the opportunity.

Caitlin Clark wearing an Indiana Fever jersey projecting future #1 pick. (

Another college superstar who announced for the draft much earlier was Caitlin Clark, known as “the GOAT of womens’ college basketball”. She quickly became a fan favorite during her junior year, many looking up to her to pave the way for female sports. Although Clark had another year of eligibility, meaning she could play another year in college, she eventually made the tough decision to go pro. “I think there’s pros and cons to both sides, and that’s what made the decision so difficult,” Clark said. For example, she knows how important going professional is for the next generation of girl players. It could change the game for the better: a bigger female sports fanbase, thousands of merchandise sales, and a generation of inspired young players.

However, she knows she will miss her Iowa team and the attention college brought to her career. After experiencing loads of pressure she had to carry during her collegiate career, she knows it is time to take this big step, not only for herself, but for the world of women’s basketball. With her attracting many fans across the world, more people want to see Clark take this step to watch her compete at the next level. “It was almost a win-win, but at the same time, a lose-lose, because I was giving up something,” she reflects.

First round of WNBA draft pics of 2024, picking the top 12 players in Woman’s college basketball. (Katie Trinh)

Furthermore, Caitlin Clark was the first pick in the draft, locking in her spot with the Indiana Fever. Ever since Clark declared for the draft, the Fever have booked to play at arenas much bigger than they ever have before because they know fans are willing to sell out tickets if it means they get to watch Clark play. As her fame grows, many are becoming aware of how big and important female sports are, and that these athletes deserve equally as much credit than anyone else. With that being said, WNBA is anticipated to be the “next big thing”.

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Hannah Lopez
Hannah Lopez, Staff
If I could, I would spend all my time on the court instead of being at school or doing homework. Basketball has made me grow to value family and my Filipino culture more. My dad and I love to bond over basketball, even if sometimes it leads us to a chaotic car ride home after a bad game. My brother and I used to always fight, but when it comes to basketball, we fight even more. Our competitive personalities never fail to clash when it comes to being on the court. Although I enjoy arguing with my brother and my dad, I also cherish the peaceful moments that I share with my mom at home.
Katie Trinh
Katie Trinh, Staff
Ever since I can remember I've always hated writing, but now I'm in journalism. To me there is nothing better than getting time to lay down for a long 8 hour after school nap,  when my time is consumed by sports. The pain of staying up till 2am playing video games, has my eyes dry while writing this. It does not help that I have excruciating conditioning at 6 am making my legs sore. While I'm still not a fan of writing, photography and visual media is what I hope to get out of this class through Denmark Unleashed.

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    Katie OMay 14, 2024 at 11:09 am

    I love the images created for this article! The colors are super vibrant, and they add so much interest to the piece. The visual content is really engaging.

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    Maria T.May 14, 2024 at 10:52 am

    The pictures look really cool, I love the way there’s several players represented and each own have their own color scheme

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    Rithya BMay 13, 2024 at 11:39 am

    This article is very well written. I love how it highlights athletes transition to a professional level!

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    Grace WelickyMay 13, 2024 at 11:39 am

    The conclusion on the article ties the whole text together in a good duration of text, it was a great recap on the story.