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Amna Subhan | NCAA.com | April 16, 2022

The colleges (and conferences) with the most players taken in the 2022 WNBA draft

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Thirty-six new players were drafted into the WNBA in 2022, including 34 from NCAA Division I programs. Kentucky's Rhyne Howard got the party started when she went No. 1 overall to the Atlanta Dream as the Wildcats' first-ever top pick in the league. 

It was a historic night for many schools, including Jackson State. The Tigers' Ameshya Williams-Holliday was the first HBCU pick in 20 years when she went with the 25th pick to the Indiana Fever. Jazz Bond became North Florida's first-ever WNBA pick when she was drafted by the Dallas Wings in the third round.

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Top conferences led the way with several selections. With seven picks each both the SEC and the ACC tied for the most of any conference.

Here's a full breakdown of the conferences: 

Rank Conference # of picks
1 ACC, SEC 7 each
2 Big Ten 4
3 Big 12 3
3 Pac-12 3
3 Big East 3
5 ASUN 2

While the SEC and ACC's picks were spread across 11 teams combined, the Big 12 and Big East had just one team — Baylor and UConn. While both schools had three total picks the Bears led all with the most first round draft picks. 

Here's a look at the schools with multiple picks: 

# OF PICKS SCHOOL ROUND(S)
3 Baylor 1st-round: 2, 2nd-round: 1
3 UConn 2nd-round: 3
2 Louisville 1st-round: 1, 2nd-round: 1
2 NC State 2nd-round: 2
2 LSU 2nd-round: 1, 3rd-round: 1

Here's the complete 2022 WNBA draft:

Pick Team Player School/Country Position
1 Atlanta Dream Rhyne Howard Kentucky G
2 Indiana Fever NaLyssa Smith Baylor F
3 Washington Mystics Shakira Austin Ole Miss C
4 Indiana Fever Emily Engstler Louisville F
5 New York Liberty Nyara Sabally Oregon F
6 Indiana Fever Lexie Hull Stanford G
7 Dallas Wings Veronica Burton Northwestern G
8 Las Vegas Aces Mya Hollingshed Colorado F
9 Los Angeles Sparks Rae Burrell Tennessee G/F
10 Indiana Fever Queen Egbo Baylor C
11 Las Vegas Aces Kierstan Bell Florida Gulf Coast G
12 Connecticut Sun Nia Clouden Michigan State G
Second round        
13 Las Vegas Aces Khayla Pointer LSU G
14 Washington Mystics Christyn Williams Connecticut G
15 Atlanta Dream Naz Hillmon Michigan F
16 Los Angeles Sparks Kianna Smith Louisville G
17 Seattle Storm Elissa Cunane NC State C
18* Seattle Storm Lorela Cubaj Georgia Tech F
19 Los Angeles Sparks Olivia Nelson-Ododa Connecticut F
20 Indiana Fever Destanni Henderson South Carolina G
21 Seattle Storm Evina Westbrook Connecticut G
22 Minnesota Lynx Kayla Jones NC State F
23 Las Vegas Aces Aisha Sheppard Virginia Tech G
24 Connecticut Sun Jordan Lewis Baylor G
Third Round        
25 Indiana Fever Ameshya Williams-Holliday Jackson State F
26 Phoenix Mercury Maya Dodson Notre Dame F
27 Los Angeles Sparks Amy Atwell Hawaii F
28 Minnesota Lynx Hannah Sjerven South Dakota C
29 New York Liberty Sika Koné Mali F
30 Dallas Wings Jasmine Dickey Delaware G/F
31 Dallas Wings Jazz Bond North Florida F
32 Phoenix Mercury Macee Williams IUPUI F
33 Seattle Storm Jade Melbourne Australia G
34 Indiana Fever Ali Patberg Indiana G
35 Las Vegas Aces Faustine Aifuwa LSU C
36 Connecticut Sun Kiara Smith Florida G

*Traded draft rights of Cubaj to New York for New York’s 2023 second-round pick.

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