Rhyne Howard was the expected No. 1 pick entering the draft. (Evan Yu/Just Women’s Sports)

With the No. 1 pick in the 2022 WNBA draft, the Atlanta Dream selected Rhyne Howard out of the University of Kentucky.

The Dream acquired the pick via a trade with the Washington Mystics last Wednesday, trading away picks No. 3 and No. 14 in exchange for the top spot on the board.

Howard was the consensus top pick in the draft by multiple mock drafts, including Just Women’s Sports’ mock draft.

As a senior, Howard was named a first-team All-American – her third such honor, which made her just the ninth player to achieve that marker – after averaging 20.5 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.

“This is a dream come true,” Howard told Holly Rowe on ESPN.