Sabrina Ionescu may be the most hyped WNBA rookie we’ve seen in some time, but she won’t be the only first-year player we expect to make some noise in the WNBA bubble. Here’s five other names to keep an eye on as the “Wubble” season begins.
It Taste Sweet ???? #Sweet16 #JustKeepDancing pic.twitter.com/WPfFwBbghh— H O L L Y W O O D ???? (@ChennedyCarter) March 18, 2018
It Taste Sweet ???? #Sweet16 #JustKeepDancing pic.twitter.com/WPfFwBbghh
The Atlanta Dream just about won the lottery with Chennedy “Hollywood” Carter falling to the 4th spot in the WNBA draft. With Tiffany Hayes opting out of the 2020 season, Carter will see time early and often. She is a sharp handler who averaged over 20 points per game throughout her three year career at Texas A&M. Just in case she needed higher expectations, legendary PG Sue Bird touted Carter as the draft pick most likely to star in the league. NEED WE SAY MORE?
.@_BonnBonn ➡️ @satou_sabally ???? Exhibit A ????#RISE pic.twitter.com/f7sgVO6BCl— Dallas Wings (@DallasWings) July 21, 2020
.@_BonnBonn ➡️ @satou_sabally ???? Exhibit A ????#RISE pic.twitter.com/f7sgVO6BCl
After giving up her own senior year at Oregon, Satou Sabally was the second pick overall in the 2020 draft. Standing at 6’4’’, her post presence and rangy shooting abilities will be called upon early by a young Dallas Wings roster. At Oregon, Sabally thrived in a system run by (you guessed it) Sabrina Ionescu. Will she be able to step up for a relatively inexperienced Wings side? If she does, the German native is definitely one to watch as a sleeper ROY contender.
A force to be reckoned with.@RuthyHebard24 is the Katrina McClain national power forward of the year. #GoDucks pic.twitter.com/fRnIoT82Ir— GoDucks (@GoDucks) April 6, 2020
A force to be reckoned with.@RuthyHebard24 is the Katrina McClain national power forward of the year. #GoDucks pic.twitter.com/fRnIoT82Ir
The final part of the 1-2-3 Oregon Ducks punch, Ruthy Hebard was selected 8th overall in the 2020 draft after compiling a 68.5 field goal percentage in college. Joining a veteran Chicago Sky roster this season, Hebard is only going to get better and better as she learns from the likes of Allie Quigley, Courtney Vandersloot and Diamond DeShields. We expect Hebard to shine in valuable minutes as she continues to develop her game without being forced to carry a team.
Do your thing, rook! ????@TyHarris_52 went off tonight vs. Phoenix. No looks ✅Stepback treys ✅Buzzer beaters ✅#RISE pic.twitter.com/HFjRRS9zYC— Dallas Wings (@DallasWings) July 22, 2020
Do your thing, rook! ????@TyHarris_52 went off tonight vs. Phoenix. No looks ✅Stepback treys ✅Buzzer beaters ✅#RISE pic.twitter.com/HFjRRS9zYC
After breaking every single South Carolina assists record, Tyasha Harris became the 7th overall pick in the 2020 draft and the third pick by the Dallas Wings. The selfless point guard is one who constantly looks to set her teammates up for success. With the Wings drafting young and signing new shooting talent in Katie Lou Samuelson and Marina Mabrey, Harris will have ample opportunities to start racking up assists as she dishes the ball to a promising Wings squad.
Future Liberty guard Jazmine Jones shoots over future Liberty guard Sabrina Ionescu after a pick from future Liberty big Kylee Shook. pic.twitter.com/sZvv33eTwh— Justin Carter (@juscarts) April 18, 2020
Future Liberty guard Jazmine Jones shoots over future Liberty guard Sabrina Ionescu after a pick from future Liberty big Kylee Shook. pic.twitter.com/sZvv33eTwh
The third rookie to be drafted by New York Liberty, Jazmine Jones is a young (but talented) guard on an extremely young (but extremely talented) Liberty team. Averaging 14.1 points and 5.0 rebounds per game while at Louisville, Jones will have to adapt her game quickly to compete. She has both the drive and work ethic to do so, and has already signed with Tarbes Gespe Bigorree to play overseas once the WNBA season ends. While all eyes will be on Ionescu, Jones will be one of six other rookies on the Liberty squad who will be pressed into serious action in their first years as pros.