Caitlin Clark Chosen No. 1 In WNBA Draft By Indiana Fever

Photo: Instagram/Caitlin Clark

Iowa's standout player Caitlin Clark is set to join the Indiana Fever as the top pick in the WNBA Draft. This selection makes history, as Clark becomes the first Iowa Hawkeyes player ever to be picked first in the draft, for men's or women's basketball.

Clark's college career has been remarkable, setting records and earning two national player of the year titles. She led the Hawkeyes to consecutive national championship games and broke numerous records, including becoming the all-time scoring leader in college basketball and setting a record for most 3-pointers in a season.

During her time at Iowa, Clark averaged 31.6 points and 8.9 assists per game, leading the country in both categories. She has also been instrumental in boosting women's basketball's popularity, setting viewership records with the Hawkeyes.

Photo: Instagram/Caitlin Clark

The Fever and the WNBA are eagerly awaiting Clark's arrival. The Fever will showcase 36 of their 40 regular-season games on national TV this summer, with Clark undoubtedly being a major draw for fans.

Now, Clark is looking forward to making an impact in the WNBA and helping the Fever improve their performance. While her transition to the professional level will present new challenges, teaming up with former South Carolina star Aliyah Boston promises an exciting duo for fans to watch.

Other First-Round Picks

After Clark's selection, here's a rundown of the rest of the first-round picks:

- Los Angeles Sparks picked Cameron Brink from Stanford.
- Chicago Sky chose Kamilla Cardoso from South Carolina.
- Los Angeles Sparks also picked Rickea Jackson from Tennessee.
- Dallas Wings selected Jacy Sheldon from Ohio State.
- Washington Mystics went with Aaliyah Edwards from UConn.
- Chicago Sky picked Angel Reese from LSU.
- Minnesota Lynx selected Alissa Pili from Utah.
- Dallas Wings also picked Carla Leite from France.
- Connecticut Sun chose Leïla Lacan from France.
- New York Liberty picked Marquesha Davis from Ole Miss.
- Atlanta Dream went with Nyadiew Puoch from Australia.

Kate Martin Joins Aces in Second Round

Kate Martin, Clark's teammate at Iowa, was also drafted, going to the Las Vegas Aces as the No. 18 pick. This marks the first time since 1998 that two Hawkeyes players have been drafted in the same WNBA Draft.

Martin has been a key player for the Hawkeyes, averaging 13.1 points and 6.8 rebounds last season. Despite facing an ACL injury early in her career, she has been a strong contributor to the team.

“I was here to support Caitlin, but I was hoping to hear my name called,” Martin said after her selection.

With this draft, both Clark and Martin are poised to make significant impacts in the WNBA, continuing their basketball journeys at the professional level.

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Source: Yahoo Sports 


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