Predicting where top Pac-12 talent could land in 2022 WNBA Draft
The Pac-12 Conference is well known as a hotbed for WNBA talent. Five players have been selected from the Pac-12 in each of the past three years including New York Liberty’s icon Sabrina Ionescu and the reigning WNBA Rookie of the Year, Michaela Onyenwere.
With the 2022 WNBA Draft set for Monday, April 11, another crop of Pac-12 players will soon find out what professional fates await them.
Nyara Sabally, F - Oregon
Nyara Sabally combines elite playmaking ability with impressive length, making her an obvious first-round selection. Almost every draft expert expects the 6-foot-5 forward to be a top-10 selection. Were it not for the injuries that plagued her Oregon career, Sabally could be mocked to go even higher.
As it stands, the redshirt junior is all but guaranteed to hear her name called early on Monday. She certainly helped her cause in her limited March Madness action, putting up a line of 31 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists in the Ducks’ opening-round loss to Belmont.
Sabally has been heavily linked to the Indiana Fever with either the No. 4 or No. 6 overall pick.
Lexie Hull, G - Stanford
Lexie Hull just finished up taking the Cardinal to its second straight Final Four and her tenure at the Farm saw Stanford win a national championship, two regular season conference titles, and three Pac-12 Tournament championships. Now Hull, who declared for the draft on April 4, will turn her attention to the pro level.
As WNBA insider Michelle Smith describes, “Hull is an everything talent who can score, defend and is known for her willingness to hustle and get down on the floor to help her team.”
Bleacher Report’s Jackie Powell has Hull going to the Seattle Storm with the sixth pick of the second round.
Mya Hollingshed, F - Colorado
After a five-year career in Boulder that saw her climb many of Colorado’s all-time leaderboards, Mya Hollinshed has declared for the draft, where she is expected to be a second round pick. Hollingshed finished sixth in career points (1,681) and rebounds (911) and became the first in games played (141).
WNBA Draft expert Rachel Galligan believes Hollingshed’s workhorse mentality will help her fit in at the next level.
“A fifth-year senior for Colorado, she has great length at 6-3, long arms and elite athleticism and agility. She’ll likely need to move from (power forward) to (small forward) and continue to expand her ball-handling skills, which is more than possible given her work ethic,” wrote Galligan.
Bleacher Report’s Powell predicts Hollingshed will join Hull on the Storm, with Seattle using the 21st overall selection to take the small forward.
These Pac-12 products, and possible more, will learn where they're headed when selections begin at the 2022 WNBA Draft on April 11 on ESPN at 4 p.m. PT.