The LSU Tigers’ run to the 2023 Women’s NCAA Championship was fueled by veteran players that refused to lose. Now, two veterans are headed to the WNBA Draft.
On Tuesday, a pair of LSU Tigers women’s basketball stars announced their intentions to turn pro. Point guard Alexis Morris was the first to deliver the message to Baton Rouge via social media platforms. Forward LaDazhia Williams’ announcement followed. Both will enter the 2023 WNBA Draft as a result.
The 2023 WNBA Draft is Monday, April 10 in New York City.
Pre-draft rankings reflect Alexis Morris as the 21st-ranked player in the class. Given the WNBA features 12 teams, LSU Tigers fans can expect the point guard is selected in the 2nd round. Moreover, we found one mock draft that predicts Morris’s landing with the Seattle Storm at pick 18.
WNBA teams must be anxious to add Morris’s offensive dynamo and defense to their roster. Indeed, the senior departs Baton Rouge as the comeback kid responsible for a clutch title game performance, particularly in the 4th quarter.
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Predicting LaDazhia Williams’ WNBA Draft future is more complicated. Williams departs Death Valley as a graduate transfer with late-blooming production. However, without her, the LSU Tigers do not win the 2023 Women’s NCAA Championship.
Williams is a 6-foot-4 front-court presence that gobbled up minutes for the Tigers in the NCAA Tournament. Moreover, her production during periods when Angel Reese was double-teamed proved instrumental to success. Williams may go undrafted but is likely offered the opportunity to compete for a roster spot in WNBA preseason camp.
Fans must know that the WNBA Draft is limited to three rounds.
South Carolina’s Aaliyah Boston is the overwhelming favorite as the first overall pick. The Indiana Fever owns the selection. ESPN predicts guard Brea Beal will join her former collegiate teammate in Indiana at pick 7. Also, ESPN’s mock calls for Virginia Tech’s Elizabeth Kitley to be picked 8th overall by the Atlanta Dream.