With the WNBA Draft approaching, what’s next for Kaitlin Clark?

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By journalsofus.com

Caitlin Clark’s college career ended Sunday with a loss to South Carolina in the national championship. But the Iowa Star’s popularity won’t wane.

“I know what happens next will happen soon,” she said.

Eight days to be precise.

That’s when Clark will be in New York for the WNBA Draft, where she is expected to be the No. 1 pick by the Indiana Fever. After gaining national prominence during her collegiate career, there are already signs she will make an impact in the professional leagues.

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What to know about the WNBA Draft

The draft will take place on April 15 at 7:30 pm (ET) at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York. ESPN will air the draft and it will also stream on Fubo.
Here is the order of the first round of the draft:

1. Indiana Fever
2. Los Angeles Sparks
3. Chicago Sky (via Phoenix)
4. Los Angeles Sparks (via Seattle)
5. Dallas Wings (via Chicago)
6. Washington Mystic
7. Minnesota Lynx
8. Chicago Sky (via Atlanta)
9. Dallas Wings
10. Connecticut Sun
11. New York Liberty
12. Atlanta Dream (via Las Vegas)

What kind of impact will Clarke make in the WNBA?

Let’s start with the court. Clark will undoubtedly have to work harder on his shot. (Don’t think these veterans aren’t gearing up to shut him down.) But his seemingly limitless range and surprising accuracy will still make him tough to guard. Where she can make an immediate impact is her demise.

He is already one of the best all-time passers in college, finishing his career with a Division I record of 1,144 assists. Clark’s Iowa teammates were not always adept at converting his passes into goals. Now imagine what 2023 Rookie of the Year, Aliyah Boston, would do with an eager pass coming from Clark.

In terms of marketing and star power, it would be better to be prepared for the WNBA. The Fever is seeing an increase in ticket sales, and the Las Vegas Aces have already announced they will be moving to a larger arena to accommodate more fans when it comes to town. Last season, the Fever had the second-lowest attendance in the league, ahead of only Atlanta, which plays in a much larger arena and averages 85 percent capacity. Fever will probably be one of the most popular fan sites.

Similar to their experience in Iowa, the Fever road games should see record numbers. All but two of the Hawkeyes’ games this season were sold out – home, road or postseason. His fans aren’t going anywhere.

Will she lose money by going to the WNBA?

This narrative has been debunked many times, but it is still perpetuated by some who do not take into account its endorsement power. Clark has the most high-profile endorsement deals of any college basketball player. (You’ve seen the State Farm commercials, right?) He’s not going away, and hopefully a lucrative sneaker deal will come his way.

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As the potential No. 1 pick, he will be guaranteed $76,535 in his first season. (She did not receive a salary at Iowa.) If she chooses not to play overseas in the next WNBA offseason, she could earn up to $250,000 in a league marketing deal and $100,000 in a team marketing contract. If she goes abroad, she can expect a lucrative contract from a team in Europe or China.

But with her marketing power, she is likely to be signed to even more endorsement deals.

Did Clarke have to turn professional?

No. Like other seniors, Clark was granted an extra season of eligibility by the NCAA due to the pandemic disruption. She announced on February 29 that she would not be returning to Iowa City, raising the risk of a blowout performance in the tournament.

Who else will be in the draft?

look for athletic’s The post-tournament mock draft is coming in a few days. But other potential stars are expected to see their names called.

South Carolina’s Camila Cardoso, Stanford’s Cameron Brink and Tennessee’s Rickia Jackson are expected to be early selections. LSU’s Angel Reese is expected to be selected around the No. 8 pick.

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