The No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 WNBA Draft is Jackie Young! For the third year in a row, the first pick was awarded to the very lucky Las Vegas Aces. Young, out of Notre Dame, joins A’ja Wilson (2018) and Kelsey Plum (2017) in Sin City. Asia Durr was the No. 2 pick to the New York Liberty and Teaira McCowan was picked No. 3 to the Indiana Fever.
Here’s the complete list of 2019 WNBA Draft picks:
2019 WNBA Draft first-round picks
- Jackie Young (Notre Dame) — Las Vegas Aces
- Asia Durr (Louisville) — New York Liberty
- Teaira McCowan (Mississippi State) — Indiana Fever
- Katie Lou Samuelson (UConn) — Chicago Sky
- Arike Ogunbowale (Notre Dame) — Dallas Wings
- Napheesa Collier (UConn) — Minnesota Lynx
- Kalani Brown (Baylor) — Los Angeles Sparks
- Alanna Smith (Stanford) — Phoenix Mercury
- Kristine Anigwe (California) — Connecticut Sun
- Kiara Leslie (NC State) — Washington Mystics
- Brianna Turner (Notre Dame) — Atlanta Dream
- Eziyoda Magbegor (Australia) — Seattle Storm
2019 WNBA Draft second-round picks
13. Sophie Cunningham (Missouri) — Phoenix Mercury
14. Han Xu (China) — New York Liberty
15. Chloe Jackson (Baylor) — Chicago Sky
16. Jessica Shepard (Notre Dame) — Minnesota Lynx
Trade Alert! Atlanta Dream trade Brianna Turner for Marie Gulich (from Phoenix Mercury).
17. Megan Gustafson (Iowa) — Dallas Wings
18. Natisha Hiedeman (Marquette) — Minnesota Lynx
19. Marina Mabrey (Notre Dame) — Los Angeles Sparks
20. Cierra Dillard (Buffalo) — Minnesota Lynx
21. Bridget Carleton (Iowa State) — Connecticut Sun
22. Kennedy Burke (UCLA) — Dallas Wings
23. Maite Cazorla (Oregon) — Atlanta Dream
24. Anriel Howard (Mississippi State) — Seattle Storm
2019 WNBA Draft third-round picks
Trade Alert! Lexie Brown has been traded to the Minnesota Lynx for the draft rights to Natisha Hiedeman (drafted #18 overall by the Lynx).
25. Paris Kea (North Carolina) — Indiana Fever
26. Megan Huff (Utah) — New York Liberty
27. Maria Conde (Spain) — Chicago Sky
28. Caliya Robinson (Georgia) — Indiana Fever
29. Morgan Berstch (UC Davis) — Dallas Wings
30. Kenisha Bell (Minnesota) — Minnesota Lynx
31. Angela Salvadores (Spain) — Los Angeles
32. Arica Carter (Louisville) — Phoenix Mercury
33. Regan Megarity (Virginia Tech) — Connecticut Sun
34. Sam Fuehring — Washington Mystics
35. Li Yueru (China) — Atlanta Dream
36. Macy Miller (South Dakota State) — Seattle Storm
And be sure to catch up on all of our draft coverage:
The WNBA Draft through the years
From A’ja Wilson in 2018 to Tina Thompson in 1997, here are all of the No. 1 picks in the history of the WNBA Draft:
- A’ja Wilson (2018) Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images
- Kelsey Plum (2017) Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images
- Breanna Stewart (2016) Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images
- Jewell Loyd (2015) Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images
- Chiney Ogwumike (2014) Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images
- Brittney Griner (2013) Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images
- Nneka Ogwumike (2012) Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
- Maya Moore (2011) Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images
- Tina Charles (2010) David E. Klutho-USA TODAY Sports
- Angel McCoughtry (2009) Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images
- Candace Parker (2008) Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images
- Lindsey Harding (2007) Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images
- Seimone Augustus (2006) Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images
- Janel McCarville (2005) Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
- Diana Taurasi (2004) Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images
- LaToya Thomas (2003) Photo by D. Lippitt/Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images
- Sue Bird (2002) Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images
- Lauren Jackson (2001) Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images
- Ann Wauters (2000) Photo by Domenic Centofanti/Getty Images
- Chamique Holdsclaw (1999) Photo by Getty Images
- Margot Dydek (1998) (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images
- Tina Thompson (1997) Photo by Getty Images
Jerseys the 2019 WNBA Draft class will be wearing
When the 2019 WNBA preseason tips off on May 9, the rookies being drafted tonight can look forward to wearing the Nike Women’s Aeroswift uniform, powered by what the league is calling a “marquee” sponsorship deal with AT&T. For current players, this newly-designed, player-favored apparel debuted in 2018.
Check out the 2019 WNBA “Icon” jerseys for all 12 teams:
The “Statement” and “WNBA Breast Health Awareness” jerseys can be found here and here.
Best news of all? According to the WNBA, “[j]erseys will be available at WNBAStore.com beginning May 24 for the start of the regular season.”
Prospective WNBA players on draft day
- Megan Gustafson is doing a WNBA Draft video diary. Here, she talks about WNBA orientation. And she shared some words about chasing dreams and meeting goals.
- Teaira McCowan may have been sad about not advancing in the NCAAW Tournament. But her adoring fans probably lifted her spirits: See here and here and here.
- It’s WNBA Draft day and someone is all smiles. That someone would be Arike Ogunbowale.
- A fan asked and Katie Lou Samuelson answered: Her spirit animal is an ostrich.
- With the best social media handle since Gabby Williams’ now-deceased MochaTrapuccino, PheesesPieces — sometimes known as Napheesa Collier — got a reminder from her BFF, Katie Lou, about it being draft day.
- If allowed to pick a teammate from the draft class, an unwavering and decisive Kristine Anigwe chooses Arike O.
- Asia Durr is projected to become a WNBA superstar.
- Wondering how Asia Durr gets hyped before a game? Check out her pregame playlist. Hint: Kodak Black and Meek Mill are on it.
- And even more Asia Durr news: She’s hosting a basketball camp in early May with Louisville standout and No. 1 overall draft pick (2009) Angel McCoughtry.
- Jackie Young, meanwhile, is out here pursuing her lifetime dream, which is pretty cool considering the young age of the WNBA.
- Relevant because she once was a WNBA draftee and this story got lost in the mayhem of March Madness: Teresa Weatherspoon is Naismith Hall of Fame-bound, y’all! Congrats to a great player who thrived during the early years of league and showed the world that women can hoop too.