Women's National Basketball Association

April 15, 2021 – Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) News Release

NEW YORK – Two-time All-American Charli Collier of Texas tonight was
selected by the Dallas Wings with the first overall pick of WNBA Draft 2021 presented by State
Farm, which was held virtually for a second year in a row in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A finalist for the Lisa Leslie Award as the nation’s top center, Collier is the first No. 1 overall
selection in the WNBA Draft from the University of Texas. In her final season for the
Longhorns, she averaged 19.0 points and 11.3 rebounds per game.


With the No. 2 overall pick, the Wings selected center Awak Kuier of Finland, making history as
the first WNBA team to make back-to-back selections to open the draft. Kuier, who is set to
become the first player from Finland to play in the WNBA, made her mark on basketball at age
15 when she dunked at the NBA Basketball Without Borders camp at 2017 NBA All-Star in
New Orleans. She is a member of Finland’s national team program.

With the third pick, the Atlanta Dream selected Arizona guard Aari McDonald. Named both the
Pac-12’s Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, she helped lead the Wildcats to an
appearance in the championship game of the NCAA Women’s Tournament for the first time in
the program’s history. McDonald was also a finalist for both the Naismith National Player of the
Year award and the Nancy Lieberman Award as the nation’s top point guard.

The Indiana Fever used the fourth pick to select guard Kysre Gondrezick of West Virginia. An
All-Big 12 Team selection, she finished her career ranked in the conference top 10 for scoring,
assists, and steals. Her late father, Grant Gondrezick, played in the NBA for the Phoenix Suns
and LA Clippers.

With the fifth pick, Dallas made its third selection of the first round, drafting Arkansas guard
Chelsea Dungee. A first team All-American selection this season, she appeared on the Naismith
College Player of the Year ballot in both 2020 and 2021 and was a finalist for the Ann Meyers
Drysdale Award as the nation’s top shooting guard.

The New York Liberty used the sixth pick to select UCLA forward Michaela Onyenwere. The
two-time All-American was a finalist for the Cheryl Miller Award and was a candidate for the
Naismith College Player of the Year award in both 2020 and 2021.

The Los Angeles Sparks used the seventh and 10th picks on Alabama forward Jasmine Walker
and North Carolina guard Stephanie Watts. Walker, a two-time All-SEC selection, was twice a
finalist for the Katrina McClain Award as the nation’s top power forward and led Alabama to its
first NCAA Tournament appearance in 22 years in 2021. Watts led North Carolina in assists,
steals, and blocks in both 2020 and 2021, and was named ACC Freshman of the Year in 2016.

With the eighth pick, the Chicago Sky selected guard Shyla Heal of Australia. Heal debuted in
Australia’s Women’s National Basketball League at the age of 14. She is the daughter of Shane
Heal, who previously played in the NBA for the Minnesota Timberwolves and San Antonio
Spurs.

The Minnesota Lynx followed by selecting guard-forward Rennia Davis of Tennessee with the
ninth pick. The two-time All-SEC first team selection was a finalist for the Cheryl Miller Award
as the nation’s best college small forward in 2021.

At No. 11, the defending WNBA champion Seattle Storm used its lone first-round pick on Texas
A&M guard Aaliyah Wilson and traded her draft rights to Indiana for the player contract of
Kennedy Burke. As an All-SEC second team selection, Wilson led her team in points, steals,
assists, and blocks per game.

With the No. 12 pick, the Las Vegas Aces selected forward Iliana Rupert of France. She is a
member of the French national team program and plays for the Bourges Basket in the
Euroleague.

The Wings made their fourth selection of the draft with the first pick of the second round,
selecting Louisville guard Dana Evans. The two-time ACC Player of the Year was a candidate
for the Naismith College Player of the Year and the John R. Wooden Award. Evans was also a
finalist for the Dawn Staley Award as the nation’s top guard and a finalist for Ann Meyers
Drysdale Award.

With its third overall pick of the draft, the Sparks selected Rutgers guard Arella Guirantes at No.
22 in the second round. The three-time All-Big Ten selection was a finalist for both the Dawn
Staley Award and was a candidate for the John R. Wooden Award. Guirantes averaged 21.3
points this season and was the only player in her conference to rank in the top five in points,
assists, steals, and blocks per game.

In the third round, three international players were selected, including guard Marine Fauthoux of
France at No. 29 by the Liberty, guard Florencia Chagas of Argentina at No. 31 by the Fever,
and guard Aina Ayuso of Spain at No. 34 by the Sparks. Overall, seven international players
were selected representing five different countries over three rounds of the draft.

During the draft, WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert spoke about the league and the players’
continued commitment to social justice and vaccine education during the off-season. The draft
telecast also featured WNBA players discussing COVID vaccines with a focus on health equity
and previewed the league’s upcoming 25th season, and featured a guest appearance from WNBA
legend Tina Thompson, the first player selected in the inaugural WNBA Draft of April 28, 1997.
For complete coverage of WNBA Draft 2021 presented by State Farm, visit WNBA.com and
the WNBA App as well as @WNBA on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook.
Complete results for WNBA Draft 2021 presented by State Farm
are below.

*Traded to Indiana for Kennedy Burke

First Round
Pick
Team
Player
School/Country
Position

1
Dallas Wings
Charli Collier
Texas
F/C

2
Dallas Wings
Awak Kuier
Finland
C

3
Atlanta Dream
Aari McDonald
Arizona
G

4
Indiana Fever
Kysre Gondrezick
West Virginia
G

5
Dallas Wings
Chelsea Dungee
Arkansas
G

6
New York Liberty
Michaela Onyenwere
UCLA
F

7
Los Angeles Sparks
Jasmine Walker
Alabama
F

8
Chicago Sky
Shyla Heal
Australia
G

9
Minnesota Lynx
Rennia Davis
Tennessee
G/F

10
Los Angeles Sparks
Stephanie Watts
North Carolina
G

11*
Seattle Storm
Aaliyah Wilson
Texas A&M
G

12
Las Vegas Aces
Iliana Rupert
France
F

Second Round

Pick
Team
Player
School/Country
Position

13
Dallas Wings
Dana Evans
Louisville
G

14
Las Vegas Aces
Destiny Slocum
Arkansas
G

15
Atlanta Dream
Raquel Carrera
Spain
C

16
Chicago Sky
Natasha Mack
Oklahoma State
F

17
New York Liberty
DiDi Richards
Baylor
G

18
Seattle Storm
Kiana Williams
Stanford
G

19
Indiana Fever
Unique Thompson
Auburn
F

20
Connecticut Sun
DiJonai Carrington
Baylor
G

21
Connecticut Sun
Micaela Kelly
Central Michigan
G

22
Los Angeles Sparks
Arella Guirantes
Rutgers
G

23
Seattle Storm
N’dea Jones
Texas A&M
F

24
Indiana Fever
Trinity Baptiste
Arizona
F

Third Round

Pick
Team
Player
School/Country
Position

25
New York Liberty
Valerie Higgins
Pacific
G

26
Indiana Fever
Chelsey Perry
UT Martin
G

27
Atlanta Dream
Lindsey Pulliam
Northwestern
G

28
Los Angeles Sparks
Ivana Raca
Wake Forest
F

29
New York Liberty
Marine Fauthoux
France
G

30
Connecticut Sun
Aleah Goodman
Oregon State
G

31
Indiana Fever
Florencia Chagas
Argentina
G

32
Phoenix Mercury
Ciera Johnson
Texas A&M
C

33
Indiana Fever
Maya Caldwell
Georgia
G

34
Los Angeles Sparks
Aina Ayuso
Spain
G

35
Seattle Storm
Natalie Kucowski
Lafayette
F

36
Las Vegas Aces
Kionna Jeter
Towson
G

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