42 Leila Lacan (FRA)
05/04/2024
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2024 WNBA Mock Draft: Top 20 prospects, part I

MIES (Switzerland) - The upcoming 2024 WNBA draft is on the horizon and there's guaranteed to be a strong FIBA flavor, with most of the expected candidates having played in international competitions.

With a strong focus on the global game and international prospects, here's our list of ballers who could get the thumbs up as we tip-off our 2024 WNBA Mock Draft with spots 20-13. Next week will be a about the Top 12 prospects.

#20 Carla Leite - France


Stepping out at the FIBA U18 Women's EuroBasket 2023, Leite delivered an MVP showing for her country. She amassed more than 18 points per game, with the guard also showing her creative skills. She can get downhill to the bucket nicely and has showed she has clutch mentality. Currently playing with Tarbes in the French League, she might be a long-shot to be drafted but deserves to be on the radar. 

#19 Elena Buenavida - Spain

Part of the Spain team that almost conquered the FIBA U19 Women's Basketball World Cup 2023 in Madrid, that was her second appearance at the event, having played no fewer than six FIBA youth tournaments for her country. She has also impressed balling at club level in the elite EuroLeague Women with Valencia Basket Club. While not at the likely end of the mock draft, as a future Spain senior regular she shouldn't be ignored.

#18 Matilde Villa - Italy


Fearless, hard-nosed and highly skilled, the maturity of Villa comes from the fact she's played against older players for much of her burgeoning career. The guard has not only played in FIBA youth competitions, but made her senior tournament debut last year for Italy when still a teenager at the prestigious FIBA Women's EuroBasket.  Making a splash with Umana Reyer Venezia in EuroCup Women, could she be an option out of leftfield for a WNBA franchise?

#17 Charlisse Leger-Walker - New Zealand

 
The New Zealand guard has been showing her skills in the NCAA with Washington State but is already a renowned Tall Ferns player on the FIBA stage with some monumental performances - including at last year's FIBA Women's Asia Cup 2023 when she poured in a massive 17 points per game. At youth level she has played on the global stage at the FIBA U17 Women's Basketball World Cup. But has she impressed enough to be drafted? Possibly. 

#16 Nika Muhl - Croatia

 

Muhl departs UConn with the renowned program's all-time assists record. It's one reason why she's likely to be in serious consideration as a WNBA draft pick. Gutsy, a defensive power and with that creative ability, her competitive edge means she is inevitably going to be a big hit in the pro-game. Previous to the NCAA, she played with Croatia at multiple FIBA U16 and U18 Women's EuroBaskets and was tipped for the top even back then. 

#15 Leila Lacan - France

French ace Lacan celebrated a senior tournament debut last year as she won bronze with France at the FIBA Women's EuroBasket 2023. She then showed out at the FIBA U19 Women's Basketball World Cup when she made the All-Star Five. With an outside shot at a possible place at Paris 2024, the Angers guard offers a scoring touch and may be someone that franchises think can use her athleticism and sharp game to good effect on WNBA courts.

#14 Jacy Sheldon - USA

 

The Ohio State guard came roaring back after her injury-hit campaign which made it a tough 2022-23. Sheldon has posted an eye-catching fifth season with the Buckeyes with more than 18 points per game. However, it is arguably her defensive capabilities which will be just as alluring for WNBA GM's looking to make a move and snap up her services in the draft. 

#13 Ayoka Lee - USA

 

The center is an absolute powerhouse and an attractive proposition in the draft. She famously dropped an NCAA record breaking 61 points in a game, has broken K-State school highs and impressed with the way she has come back from knee surgeries. Her physical prowess at both ends of the court make her a tough matchup and it is her efficiency on offense that makes her a serious draft candidate. 

 

The opinions expressed are purely those of the author and for fan entertainment purposes only. These are not in any way an official ranking. 

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