The Colleges (and Conferences) With the Most Players in the 2022 WNBA Draft

Thirty-six new players were called up to the WNBA in 2022, including 34 from the NCAA Division I programs. Kentucky’s Rhyne Howard started the party when he took first place in the Atlanta Dream as the Wildcats’ first pick in the league.

It was a historic night for many schools, including Jackson State. Ameshya Williams-Holliday of the Tigers was HBCU’s first pick in 20 years when she went with the 25th pick for Indiana Fever. Jazz Bond became the North Florida WNBA’s first pick when she was picked by the Dallas Wings in the third round.

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Major conferences led the way with several selections. With seven picks each, the SEC and ACC tied for most conferences.

Here is a complete breakdown of the conferences:

Classification Conference # of choices
1 ACC, SEC 7 each
two big ten 4
3 12 big 3
3 Pac-12 3
3 Grand Orient 3
5 A SUN two

While the SEC and ACC picks were spread across 11 teams combined, the Big 12 and Big East had just one team – Baylor and UConn. While both schools had three picks in total, the Bears led with the most picks in the first round.

Here’s a look at schools with multiple choices:

3 baylor 1st round: 2, 2nd round: 1
3 UConn 2nd round: 3
two Louisville 1st round: 1, 2nd round: 1
two NC State 2nd round: 2
two LSU 2nd round: 1, 3rd round: 1

Here is the full 2022 WNBA draft:

Choice Team Player School/Country Position
1 Atlanta dream Rhyne Howard kentucky G
two indian fever at Lyssa Smith baylor F
3 Washington mystics Shakira Austin Ms Ç
4 indian fever Emily Engstler Louisville F
5 New York freedom Nyara Sabal Oregon F
6 indian fever Lexie Hull Stanford G
7 Dallas Wings Veronica Burton Northwest G
8 Las Vegas Aces Mya Hollingshed Colorado F
9 Los Angeles Sparks Rae Burrell Tennessee G/F
10 indian fever egbo queen baylor Ç
11 Las Vegas Aces Kierstan’s bell Florida gulf coast G
12 Connecticut sun Nia Clouden Michigan State G
second round
13 Las Vegas Aces Khayla pointer LSU G
14 Washington mystics Christyn Williams Connecticut G
15 Atlanta dream Naz Hillmon Michigan F
16 Los Angeles Sparks Kianna Smith Louisville G
17 Seattle storm Elissa Cunane NC State Ç
18* Seattle storm Lorela Cubaj Georgia technology F
19 Los Angeles Sparks Olivia Nelson-Ododa Connecticut F
20 indian fever Destanni Henderson South Carolina G
21 Seattle storm Evina Westbrook Connecticut G
22 Minnesota Lynx Kayla Jones NC State F
23 Las Vegas Aces Aisha Sheppard Virginia Tech G
24 Connecticut sun Jordan Lewis baylor G
third round
25 indian fever Ameshya Williams-Holliday Jackson State F
26 Phoenix Mercury Maya Dodson Notre Dame F
27 Los Angeles Sparks Amy Atwell hawaii F
28 Minnesota Lynx Hannah Sjerven south dakota Ç
29 New York freedom Sika Kone mali F
30 Dallas Wings Jasmine Dickey Delaware G/F
31 Dallas Wings jazz bond North Florida F
32 Phoenix Mercury Macee Williams IUPUI F
33 Seattle storm jade melbourne Australia G
34 indian fever Ali Patberg indian G
35 Las Vegas Aces Faustine Aifuwa LSU Ç
36 Connecticut sun Kiara Smith Florida G

* Traded Cubaj’s draft rights to New York for New York’s 2023 second-round pick.

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