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Zach Pekale | | April 17, 2020

College basketball teams with the most WNBA 1st-round draft picks

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The WNBA draft has had 290 first-round picks in the league's 23-year history. All but 21 of those selections played college basketball at a Division I school. In that time, only one program has averaged more than one first round pick per draft. 

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Here are the 10 colleges with the most WNBA first-round draft picks (through 2019):

1 Connecticut 25
2 Tennessee 15
3 Stanford 12
4 Duke 11
5 Notre Dame 10
6 North Carolina 9
7 Baylor 8
7 Georgia 8
7 Maryland 8
10 LSU 7
10 Rutgers 7
10 South Carolina 7

Do you see the trend with these particular schools? Alone, the top 5 has won 23 championships. Between the top 10 you'll find over 76 percent of all DI women's basketball championships.

Since 1997, 20 of the 23 top overall picks came from NCAA Division I schools. The remaining three came from overseas.

No school has produced more No. 1 picks than Connecticut, which has five.

UConn's five is Sue Bird (2002, Seattle Storm), Diana Taurasi (2004, Phoenix Mercury), Tina Charles (2010, Connecticut Sun), Maya Moore (2011, Minnesota Lynx) and Breanna Stewart (2016, Seattle Storm).

In all, 14 schools have had at least one No. 1 pick taken with four having more than one.

Here’s are the colleges with the most overall WNBA No. 1 picks:

1 UConn 5
2 Notre Dame 2
2 Stanford 2
2 Tennessee 2

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