WNBA mock draft 2019 – Sabrina Ionescu’s return to Oregon shuffles top pick

Sabrina Ionescu returning to Oregon for her senior season changes what many thought might happen on Wednesday in the WNBA draft: The Oregon junior was expected to go No. 1.

So, we have a new top pick, but there are things to keep in mind. Might Las Vegas Aces coach/general manager Bill Laimbeer trade the top selection? Don’t be surprised if he does.

Also, could a Liz Cambage trade still happen before the draft to affect the selections? It’s a possibility.

  • Oregon star guard Sabrina Ionescu is returning for her senior season, writing in a bylined story on The Players’ Tribune that the Ducks have “unfinished business” after losing in the Final Four on Friday.
  • The WNBA draft will be held April 10 at Nike New York Headquarters in Manhattan, the league announced Tuesday.

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And we still have draft-eligible junior Jackie Young of Notre Dame on the board, now as a lottery pick. She is playing in the national championship game on Sunday (ESPN/ESPN App, 6 p.m. ET), then she’ll have 24 hours to make a decision about whether she will return to the Fighting Irish.

There’s still a lot of intrigue for the 2019 draft, but one thing is for sure: Ionescu won’t be in it.

First round

1. Las Vegas: Asia Durr, Louisville, 5-foot-10 guard

2. New York: Jackie Young*, Notre Dame, 6-0 guard

3. Indiana: Teaira McCowan, Mississippi State, 6-7 center

4. Chicago: Kristine Anigwe, Cal, 6-4 forward

5. Dallas: Napheesa Collier, UConn, 6-2 forward

6. Minnesota: Arike Ogunbowale, Notre Dame, 5-8 guard

7. Los Angeles: Katie Lou Samuelson, UConn, 6-3 guard

8. Phoenix: Alanna Smith, Stanford, 6-4 forward

9. Connecticut: Jessica Shepard, Notre Dame, 6-4 forward

10. Washington: Sophie Cunningham, Missouri, 6-1 guard

11. Atlanta: Kalani Brown, Baylor, 6-7 center

12. Seattle: Megan Gustafson, Iowa, 6-3 center

Second round

13. Phoenix: Ezi Magbegor, Australia, 6-4 forward

14. New York: Brianna Turner, Notre Dame, 6-3 forward

15. Chicago: Paris Kea, North Carolina, 5-9 guard

16. Minnesota: Caliya Robinson, Georgia, 6-3 forward

17. Dallas: Han Xu, China, 6-9 center

18. Minnesota: Kiara Leslie, N.C. State, 6-0 guard

19. Los Angeles: Kennedy Burke, UCLA, 6-1 guard

20. Minnesota: Naomi Davenport, West Virginia, 6-0 guard/forward

21. Connecticut: Natisha Hiedeman, Marquette, 5-8 guard

22. Dallas: Anriel Howard, Mississippi State, 5-11 forward

23. Atlanta: Cierra Dillard, Buffalo, 5-9 guard

24. Seattle: Bridget Carleton, Iowa State, 6-1 guard

Third round

25. Indiana: Kianna Ibis, Arizona State, 6-1 forward

26. New York: Kenisha Bell, Minnesota, 5-9 guard

27. Chicago: Marina Mabrey, Notre Dame, 5-11 guard

28. Indiana: Allazia Blockton, Marquette, 6-0 guard

29. Dallas: Maite Cazorla, Oregon, 5-10 guard

30. Minnesota: Sam Fuehring, Louisville, 6-3 forward

31. Los Angeles: Li Yueru, China, 6-7 center

32. Phoenix: Megan Huff, Utah, 6-3 forward

33. Connecticut: Taylor Emery, Virginia Tech, 5-10 guard

34. Washington: Alexis Jennings, South Carolina, 6-3 forward

35. Atlanta: Chloe Jackson, Baylor, 5-8 guard

36. Seattle: Teniya Page, Penn State, 5-7 guard

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