Aliyah Boston, the first overall pick in the recent WNBA draft, is being touted as the perfect successor to Tamika Catchings for the Indiana Fever. Catchings was a seven-time WNBA All-Star and led the Fever to their only championship win in 2012. Many experts believe that Boston, a standout player at the University of South Carolina, has the potential to be just as successful at the professional level.
Boston, who spoke with Good Morning America about being the first pick, said she was excited to join the Fever and eager to prove herself in the league. “I’m just ready to go out there and give it my all,” she said. “I know it’s going to be a challenge, but I’m ready for it.”
The WNBA draft also saw the Los Angeles Sparks take a calculated risk by drafting Shaneice Swain, a player who had been overlooked by many teams due to her injury history. The Sparks hope that Swain will be able to stay healthy and become a valuable contributor to the team.
Other top picks in the draft include Caitlin Clark, Angel Reese, and Paige Bueckers, who are all expected to have successful careers in the WNBA. Several players from LSU, UConn, and Miami were also deemed steals in the draft, as they were picked later than expected but are predicted to be solid contributors to their respective teams.
Overall, the 2024 WNBA draft was a success, with teams making strategic picks to strengthen their rosters and set themselves up for future success.