Baylor Press Release:
WACO, Texas – Kalani Brown’s week keeps getting better. After advancing to her first Final Four Friday, the senior center helped lead Baylor to the program’s third national title Sunday. Wednesday she’ll join 10 other top college players along with one international prospect at the WNBA Draft 2019 presented by State Farm at the Nike New York Headquarters.
The first round will broadcast on ESPN2 beginning at 7 p.m. ET and the second and third rounds will broadcast on ESPNU beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
Brown’s companions will include Notre Dame’s Arike Ogunbowale, Mississippi State’s Teaira McCowan, California’s Kristine Anigwe, UConn’s Napheesa Collie, Missouri’s Sophie Cunningham, Louisville’s Asia Durr, UConn’s Katie Lou Samuelson, Stanford forward Alanna Smith and Notre Dame’s Jackie Young. Han Xu, a center from China will also be an invitee.
Brown, a seven-time Big 12 champion, a 12-time All-American and recent NCAA champion started 99 career games for the Lady Bears and played in 147. She left as just the sixth player in Baylor’s storied history to record both 2,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds. She left Baylor Monday as the all-time record holder for career field goal percentage at .639.
Baylor’s graduate transfer Chloe Jackson, the NCAA Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player, has garnered interest from several WNBA teams and has appeared in ESPNW.com mock drafts as a third-round selection. Jackson averaged 11.7 points, 5.4 assists and 1.6 steals in her only year with Baylor. Her 203 assists marked the second-highest single-season total for a senior in Baylor history.
If selected, Brown and Jackson would be the 15th and 16th WNBA draft picks, respectively in the program’s history. If Brown is picked in the first round, she would be the eighth Lady Bear selected in the first round.
Below is the full lineup for the three-round, 36-pick draft.
1. Las Vegas
2. New York
7. Los Angeles
14. New York
16. Minnesota from Las Vegas (2018 draft night trade, 4/12/18)
19. Los Angeles
20. Minnesota from Phoenix (Danielle Robinson trade, 3/6/18)
22. Dallas from Washington (Tayler Hill/Aerial Powers trade, 7/23/18)
26. New York
28. Indiana from Las Vegas (Kayla Alexander trade, 2/1/18)
31. Los Angeles