Locked On Women’s Basketball: The Next’s 2024 WNBA Draft Big Board
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by The Next
12h ago
In the latest episode of Locked On Women’s Basketball, Hunter Cruse, Em Adler and Lincoln Shafer discuss the 2024 WNBA Draft and their recently updated draft board. The draft board provides full profiles of every prospect they would give solid WNBA minutes to — 17 prospects in total. Adler explains how the 2024 draft class compares to the 2023 class: “This class is much stronger at the top, but it’s actually not much deeper than last year. … Where last year you had Aliyah Boston and then a couple interesting prospects behind her in Jordan Horston, Diamond Miller, Grace Berger, etc., in th ..read more
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What the Washington Mystics were looking for in free agency after two stars departed
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by Jenn Hatfield
12h ago
During WNBA free agency this winter, Washington Mystics leadership flew to London to meet with guard Karlie Samuelson, who was playing for the London Lions. Samuelson went out to dinner with general manager Mike Thibault, head coach Eric Thibault and assistant general manager Maria Giovannetti, and the topic of her winding WNBA career came up. “I think I’ve been on more seven-day contracts than anybody in the history of the league,” she joked. Indeed, Samuelson has been on 12 seven-day, hardship or rest-of-season contracts in her seven-year WNBA career, but she parlayed her most recent hardshi ..read more
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Locked on Women’s Basketball: After Caitlin Clark, who rounds out the rest of the lottery?
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by Tee Baker
12h ago
On Friday’s episode of Locked on Women’s Basketball, host Jackie Powell is joined by The Athletic’s Sabreena Merchant for an episode predicated on the WNBA rumor mill prior to Monday night’s draft. The duo shares some of the intel they’ve received from multiple talent evaluators across the WNBA as they explain how the rest of the draft lottery could shake out following Caitlin Clark as the consensus No.1 overall pick. Later, they discuss why Angel Reese has been deemed “an enigma” to evaluate along with predicting what the franchise known to shock on draft day will do. Yes, we are talking abou ..read more
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Here are the prospects set to attend the 2024 WNBA Draft
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by Vishakya Deshpande
12h ago
The anticipation for the 2024 WNBA Draft is reaching a crescendo as top prospects prepare to make their way to the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City on Monday, April 15.  Iowa’s Caitlin Clark, Stanford’s Cameron Brink, South Carolina’s Kamilla Cardoso, Tennessee’s Rickea Jackson and LSU’s Angel Reese are among the names headlining the list of 15 prospects set to attend. The Indiana Fever secured the coveted first pick during the lottery, followed by the Los Angeles Sparks and the Chicago Sky, setting the stage for potential franchise-altering selections. The Next, a 24/7/365 wome ..read more
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Inside the WNBA national broadcast schedule
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by Aya Abdeen
12h ago
Want to chart the Caitlin Clark effect? Look no further than the 2024 national TV schedule released by the WNBA on Wednesday. Last season, the Indiana Fever had 28 national TV games. The team is on national TV for 36 of 40 regular-season contests this season. The 2024 WNBA regular season is scheduled to begin on May 14 with a doubleheader on ESPN2. The Indiana Fever will play against the Connecticut Sun at 7:30 p.m. ET, followed by the Phoenix Mercury taking on the Las Vegas Aces, at 10 p.m. ET. The defending champions will host the night’s championship ring ceremony and banner unveiling. The ..read more
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Inside the data revolution coming to the WNBA
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by Em Adler
3d ago
Few things interest coaches and executives more than the ability to access new data insights into the game, whether it was Synergy Sports in the early 2010s, the WNBA launching its advanced stats pages in 2016 or Her Hoop Stats coming online in 2018. The league’s recent announcement that Second Spectrum would be coming to the WNBA for the 2024 season is no exception. “I’m excited,” Cheryl Reeve, Lynx head coach and president of basketball operations, told The Next. “I’ve been wanting this for a while, I’ve been pushing [for this] for a while.” “I think you can hear in my voice,” Liberty genera ..read more
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Togethxr creates community with popular events around NCAA Tournament
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by Michelle Smith
5d ago
In Portland during the NCAA regionals, the line outside the door of the Spirit of 77 sports pub was 25 people deep. The pub is about a five-block walk from Moda Center, where eight teams had set up camp for the weekend to compete for the Final Four. The pub had been taken over for the weekend by Oregon’s successful and novel “Sports Bra,” a small, local bar owned by Jennie Nguyen. The bar only plays women’s sports on its televisions and its walls are lined with women’s sports memorabilia. And it was the place to be on regional weekend. Women’s sports fans filled the bar to watch teams play on ..read more
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Who’s Next — The Next’s 2024 WNBA Draft Board v2.0
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by Em Adler
5d ago
Welcome to The Next’s draft board, the most detailed 2024 WNBA draft resource available outside a team’s actual war room, brought to you by Em Adler, Hunter Cruse and Lincoln Shafer. We have full profiles, including physicals, roles, full scouting reports, and player comparisons! Tiering off prospects is important, so we continue to use the baseball approach: “future value,” on a scale of 20-80. You can find a full breakdown of the the scale here, but for this board, the important numbers translate to: 20 — draftable; 30 — reserve; 40 — rotation-caliber; 45 — top-end backup; 50 — average start ..read more
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Caitlin Clark is ready for what’s next
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by Michelle Smith
5d ago
CLEVELAND – Caitlin Clark is ready. In four years, she has done all she can do. She has re-written record books, become a household name, and propelled an entire sport forward. She has twice led her team to the NCAA title game. She’s gone from the Iowa girl who began her career quietly in the COVID-19 era, with livestreams showing the Hawkeyes’ games on weekday afternoons, to the reason that close to 20 million people will likely have tuned in Sunday to watch her final college game. She has inspired, grown, and matured; she has broken barriers and set new standards, and she has found a way to ..read more
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Seimone Augustus, Michele Timms headline Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2024
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by Aya Abdeen
5d ago
On Saturday, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced its Class of 2024. Seimone Augustus, Michele Timms, Harley Redin and Michael Cooper are the inductees who have impacted the world of women’s basketball. The induction ceremony will take place in August in Springfield, Massachusetts. The Next, a 24/7/365 women’s basketball newsroom The Next: A basketball newsroom brought to you by The IX. 24/7/365 women’s basketball coverage, written, edited and photographed by our young, diverse staff and dedicated to breaking news, analysis, historical deep dives and projections about the ga ..read more
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