The 2024 WNBA Draft Ignites Competitive Spirit in the Midwest

BY William Andre Buchanan

April 16, 2024

Emily Johnson/NBAE via Getty Images


As a Chicagoan thing are getting exciting around here. The Midwest is buzzing with excitement as the WNBA draft brings a renewed competitive spirit to the region. With the top three picks going to Chicago and Indiana, fans are eager to witness the impact these new talents will bring to their teams.

Chicago Sky: Building a Formidable Frontcourt

The Chicago Sky, with their strategic selections, have fortified their frontcourt by acquiring South Carolina’s Kamilla Cardoso and LSU’s Angel Reese. Cardoso, an elite athlete with a towering 6-foot-7 frame, was the gem at No. 3 overall. Reese, selected at No. 7, brings robust college success and is expected to make an immediate impact. Together, they promise to bring a formidable presence to the Sky’s lineup, raising expectations for the upcoming season.

Indiana Fever: A New Dawn with Caitlin Clark

The Indiana Fever made a statement by choosing Iowa sensation Caitlin Clark as the No. 1 overall pick. Clark, known for her legendary college career and record-setting performances, is set to join forces with 2023 No. 1 pick Aliyah Boston. This dynamic duo is anticipated to elevate the Fever’s game, potentially changing the team’s fortunes and ending their playoff drought since 2016.

The Impact on the Midwest

The arrival of these top picks is more than just a boost to the respective teams; it’s a revival of the competitive spirit in the Midwest. The Chicago Sky and Indiana Fever have laid down a marker, signaling their intent to climb the ranks and challenge for top honors. Fans across the region are filled with hope and anticipation, ready to support their teams with renewed vigor.

As the new season approaches, all eyes will be on these young stars to see if they can translate their collegiate success to the professional stage. The Midwest is ready to embrace the next generation of WNBA stars, and with such talent on board, the sky’s the limit for what they can achieve.


2024 WNBA Draft Selections

Round 1

  1. Indiana Fever: Caitlin Clark, G, Iowa
  2. Los Angeles Sparks: Cameron Brink, F, Stanford
  3. Chicago Sky (via Phoenix Mercury): Kamilla Cardoso, C, South Carolina
  4. Los Angeles Sparks (via Seattle Storm): Rickea Jackson, F, Tennessee
  5. Dallas Wings (via Chicago Sky): Jacy Sheldon, G, Ohio State
  6. Washington Mystics: Aaliyah Edwards, F, UConn
  7. Chicago Sky (via Minnesota Lynx): Angel Reese, F, LSU
  8. Minnesota Lynx (via Atlanta Dream): Alissa Pili, F, Utah
  9. Dallas Wings: Carla Leite, G, France
  10. Connecticut Sun: Leïla Lacan, G, France
  11. New York Liberty: Marquesha Davis, G, Ole Miss
  12. Atlanta Dream (via Las Vegas Aces): Nyadiew Puoch, F, Australia

Round 2

  1. Chicago Sky (via Phoenix Mercury): Brynna Maxwell, G, Gonzaga
  2. Seattle Storm: Nika Mühl, G, UConn
  3. Indiana Fever: Celeste Taylor, G, Ohio State
  4. Las Vegas Aces (via Los Angeles Sparks): Dyaisha Fair, G, Syracuse
  5. New York Liberty (via Chicago Sky): Esmery Martinez, F, Arizona
  6. Las Vegas Aces (via Washington Mystics): Kate Martin, G, Iowa
  7. Connecticut Sun (via Minnesota Lynx): Taiyanna Jackson, C, Kansas
  8. Atlanta Dream: Isobel Borlase, G, Australia
  9. Washington Mystics (via Dallas Wings): Kaylynne Truong, G, Gonzaga
  10. Connecticut Sun: Helena Pueyo, G, Arizona
  11. New York Liberty: Jessika Carter, C, Mississippi State
  12. Las Vegas Aces: Elizabeth Kitley, C, Virginia Tech

Round 3

  1. Phoenix Mercury: Charisma Osborne, G, UCLA
  2. Seattle Storm: Mackenzie Holmes, F, Indiana
  3. Indiana Fever: Leilani Correa, G, Florida
  4. Los Angeles Sparks: Mackenzie Forbes, F, USC
  5. Phoenix Mercury (via Chicago Sky): Jaz Shelley, G, Nebraska
  6. Washington Mystics: Nastja Claessens, G, Belgium
  7. Minnesota Lynx: Kiki Jefferson, G, Louisville
  8. Atlanta Dream: Matilde Villa, G, Italy
  9. Dallas Wings: Ashley Owusu, G, Penn State
  10. Connecticut Sun: Abbey Hsu, G, Columbia
  11. New York Liberty: Kaitlyn Davis, F, USC
  12. Las Vegas Aces: Angel Jackson, C, Jackson State


As we wrap up our coverage of the WNBA draft and its promise of an exhilarating season ahead, we invite you to stay connected with RIDEPLAY tv for more coverage. Don’t miss out on the journey as we follow the rising stars and the thrilling basketball action they bring to the Midwest. Follow our social media and tune in to RIDEPLAY tv for exclusive updates, behind-the-scenes content, and comprehensive coverage of your favorite teams and players. Together, let’s celebrate the spirit of competition and community that basketball fosters. Keep the excitement alive and be part of the story as it unfolds, right here on RIDEPLAY tv. 🏀🌟

Request Media Coverage

Inquire for Paid and Earned Media

Featured Video

Play Video