Oh my God it’s here!! It’s tourney time and everyone wants revenge on each other and also last year’s champ, Stanford.
Women’s college basketball is absolutely loaded right now with elite talent at every position. There’s a good reason for why every WNBA team is trying to trade for 2023 and 2024 draft picks. These kids are already playing like seasoned vets.
Here’s five players to watch (in no particular order):
1. Aliyah Boston, South Carolina
The presumptive National Player of the Year is a walking double-double for the best team in the country. The 6-foot-4 center is averaging 16.8 points and 12 rebounds per game. Boston’s dominated every team she’s faced, and she’s only a junior!
2. Caitlin Clark, Iowa
Clark is the nation’s most lethal shooter, able to pull-up from anywhere off any dribble cadence with any amount of defenders in reach. The probable NPOY runner-up is just a sophomore averaging the most points per game in the nation at 27.4 per game with 8.1 rebounds and 7.9 assists.
3. Rhyne Howard, Kentucky
Kentucky’s the hottest team in women’s college basketball, knocking off three ranked opponents (!!) including No. 1 South Carolina to win the SEC championship because Howard is THAT good. The expected No. 1 WNBA Draft pick is averaging 20.6 points and 3.4 assists.
4. NaLyssa Smith, Baylor
If Smith isn’t selected No. 1, she’ll most likely be picked No. 2 at the WNBA Draft. The 6-foot-2 forward is averaging a career-best 22.5 points while making 55% of her shots from the field and securing 11.5 rebounds. She’s scored double-digit points in every game this season.
5. Ayoka Lee, Kansas State
The junior made waves when she dropped an unreal 61 points against No. 14 Oklahoma on 23-of-30 shooting. The 6-foot-6 big dominates the paint, scoring 22.4 points on 56.6% shooting with 11.4 rebounds and 3.1 blocks.