After leading Oregon State to a 63-9 record over the past two seasons, including a Final Four birth in 2016, senior play-maker Sydney Wiese secured her place in history as one of the greatest women’s basketball players to ever suit up for the Beavers. Now, she’ll move onto the next step in her basketball journey, which will begin with a strong shot at a WNBA career, starting next month.
According to Draft Site (DraftSite.com), Wiese is projected as the #15 overall pick in the 2017 WNBA Draft, behind a wealth of talented players including Tennessee stand-out Diamond Deshields, South Carolina forward Alaina Coates and Ohio State guard Kelsey Mitchell. In regard to Draft Site’s current projections, Wiese would be the third player from the Pac-12 selected, behind the #1 overall projected pick Kelsey Plum from Washington and her Huskies’ teammate, Chantel Osahor, the #11 overall projected pick.
Wiese is coming off an impressive senior campaign, in which she averaged a team-high 15.4 points per game, while also chipping in 5.0 rebounds and 4.7 assists per contest. She helped the Beavers to a 31-5 overall record, including a Pac-12 regular season championship, that culminated in a Sweet Sixteen loss to Florida State. As a pro prospect, Wiese’s strengths begin with her size (6’ 1” with long arms) and her ability to play a multitude of positions, to add to a inate shooting abilty from any spot on the court and a high basketball IQ.
The WNBA Draft will take place on April 13th, 2017 at 4:00 PM PT and will be televised nationally on ESPN2 (First Round) and ESPNU (Second & Third Rounds). Eight of the last nine #1 overall picks in the WNBA Draft have gone on to win Rookie of the Year in their debut seasons. This year, the first pick in the WNBA Draft will be made by the San Antonio Stars, who won the WNBA Lottery after finishing the 2016 season with a 7-27 record.