Rhyne Howard, NaLyssa Smith among 12 players invited to WNBA draft

Kentucky star Rhyne Howard was named SEC tournament MVP. (Matthew Maxey/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Twelve prospects have been invited to the 2022 WNBA draft, which will take place on Monday, April 11 in New York City.

The list is headlined by Ole Miss’ Shakira Austin, Kentucky’s Rhyne Howard and Baylor’s NaLyssa Smith. For the first time since 2019, the event will be held in person with the iconic WNBA “Orange Carpet.”

Ahead of the draft, ESPN2 will air – for the first time ever – the “WNBA Draft Preview Show,” hosted by LaChina Robinson and featuring analyst Rebecca Lobo, on April 9. The two will break down the top prospects in the draft, discuss what each team needs and who is trending upward following the NCAA tournament.

By way of a trade with the Washington Mystics, the Atlanta Dream now own the top pick in the draft. Elsewhere the Indiana Fever have picks No. 2, 4, 6, and 10 overall and could become the first team in WNBA history to take four players in the first round.

Other players invited who will be in attendance are Kierstan Bell (FGCU), Rae Burrell (Tennessee), Veronica Burton (Northwestern), Nia Clouden (Michigan State), Elissa Cunane (NC State), Emily Engstler (Louisville), Destanni Henderson (South Carolina), Naz Hillmon (Michigan) and Nyara Sabally (Oregon).