NEW YORK – The WNBA announced today that an additional six players from colleges and universities have formally filed for inclusion as candidates for the 2021 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm®, scheduled for April 15 (ESPN, 7 p.m. ET). Additionally, one player has rescinded her prior decision to opt-in for the draft.
Today’s moves bring the total number of NCAA players available in the pool of prospects to 57. Those to most recently file for inclusion are:
*Asheika Alexander G-F 5-10 Langston
Trinity Baptiste F 6-0 Arizona
*Lore Devos G 6-1 Colorado State
*Petra Holešínská G 5-10 North Carolina
Aari McDonald G 5-6 Arizona
Kiana Williams G 5-8 Stanford
* Formal paperwork delayed; approved for inclusion in the draft
Lashonda Monk of East Carolina has removed her name from consideration.
Since the NCAA granted every winter sport student-athlete an additional year of NCAA eligibility, every intercollegiate women’s basketball player – even those who are finishing their senior year or graduate studies – will have remaining NCAA eligibility after the 2020-21 season. Accordingly, the WNBA and the WNBPA previously agreed on an opt-in process for NCAA players who are otherwise eligible for the 2021 WNBA Draft. Eligible International Players (as that term is defined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement) are not required to opt in to the 2021 WNBA Draft in order to be selected.