Washington D.C. – The excitement was palpable at the WNBA draft last night as the league’s newest players were selected. This year’s draft included two players from Iowa State University and one from the University of Iowa, all of whom were eagerly awaiting the announcement of their names.
The first pick of the night went to the Washington Mystics, who selected Stephanie Soares from Iowa State. Soares, a forward known for her versatility and athleticism, was the No. 4 pick overall.
However, just moments later, Soares was traded to the Dallas Wings in exchange for draft picks. This trade was a surprise to many fans, but Soares took it in stride, saying she was excited to join a new team.
“I’m just happy to be here and have the opportunity to play in the WNBA,” Soares said in an interview after the draft.
Another Cyclone, Ashley Joens, was selected by the Indiana Fever. Joens, a guard/forward with a reputation for scoring, was the No. 8 pick overall.
Meanwhile, the Hawkeyes’ standout player, Monika Czinano, was also in the running to be drafted. Although she wasn’t selected in the first round, many projections had her going in the second round.
Apart from the draft picks, there was also a surprise appearance from Jake from State Farm, who showed up in a commercial promoting the insurance company’s sponsorship of the WNBA. The audience was delighted by the appearance, and Jake’s presence served as a reminder of the importance of corporate sponsorships for women’s sports.
Overall, the draft was a success, with many talented players finding new homes in the WNBA. Fans can now look forward to seeing these young stars in action when the season kicks off on May 14th.