With just ten days until the WNBA Draft is set to take place, noted “mock draft website” Draftsite.com has been busy updating their 2017 WNBA Mock Draft projections. While just a week ago, Oregon State star Sydney Wiese was projected as the #15 overall pick in the field, the most recent mock draft has seen Wiese’s stock elevated up into the first round, as the projected #6 overall pick.
Wiese’s new position at #6 ranks her behind only Washington’s Kelsey Plum, Maryland teammates Shatori Walker-Kimbrough and Brionna Jones, South Carolina’s Alaina Coates and Washington’s Chantel Osahor. She would be just the third guard taken from the field, in front of notable other first-round backcourt players, such as Syracuse’s Alexis Peterson, Baylor’s Alexis Jones and Alexis Prince and Kentucky’s Makayla Epps.
As noted in the previous article, 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.