The 2021 WNBA draft will be held virtually on Thursday, April 15, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. ET.
The draft will be televised on TSN2 in Canada and ESPN in the US.
A draft lottery was held on December 4 2020 to determine the order of the top four selections in the 2021 draft. The four non-playoff teams in 2020 were eligible for the lottery drawing.
The New York Liberty won the lottery for the second year in a row and were awarded the first overall pick. The Atlanta Dream will pick second, followed by the Dallas Wings and Indiana Fever.
The Wings later acquired the No. 1 pick in the draft after trading forward Katie Lou Samuelson and a second-round pick in 2022 to the Seattle Storm. The Storm first acquired the No. 1 pick, alongside a 2022 first-round pick and a 2022 second-pick from the Liberty for former Defensive Player of the Year Natasha Howard.
Dallas is now the first team in WNBA history to own the No. 1 and No. 2 picks in the same draft.
2021 WNBA Draft Order
|1||DALLAS WINGS (VIA NEW YORK)|
|5||DALLAS WINGS (VIA WASHINGTON)|
|6||NEW YORK LIBERTY (VIA CONNECTICUT)|
|7||DALLAS WINGS (VIA CHICAGO)|
|8||CHICAGO SKY (VIA PHOENIX)|
|10||LOS ANGELES SPARKS|
|12||LAS VEGAS ACES|
WNBA Draft Eligibility
Here are just some of the eligibility rules for the WNBA Draft under the current collective bargaining agreement.
- Player's 22nd birthday must fall during the calendar year of the draft.
- Player has either:
- completed her college eligibility;
- received a bachelor's degree, or is scheduled to receive such in the 3 months following the draft; or
- is at least 4 years removed from high school graduation.
International players are defined as such if all of the following is true:
- Born and currently residing outside the U.S.
- Never "exercised intercollegiate basketball eligibility" in the U.S.
International players' eligibility age is 20, also measured on the year in which the draft is held.
2021 WNBA Draft prospects
See below for a list of notable prospects eligible for WNBA Draft 2021.
|Janelle Bailey||North Carolina||Brooklyn, NY||Center|
|Kate Cain||Nebraska||Tarrytown, N.Y.||Center|
|DiJonai Carrington||Baylor||San Diego, Calif.||Guard|
|Charli Collier||Texas||Mont Belvieu, Tex.||Forward-Center|
|Rennia Davis||Tennessee||Jacksonville, Fla.||Guard-Forward|
|Chelsea Dungee||Arkansas||Okmulgee, Okla.||Guard|
|Dana Evans||Louisville||Gary, Ind.||Guard|
|Kysre Gondrezick||West Virginia||Benton Harbor, Mich.||Guard|
|Aleah Goodman||Oregon State||Milwaukie, Ore.||Guard|
|Arella Guirantes||Rutgers||Long Island, N.Y.||Guard|
|Ciera Johnson||Texas A&M||Duncanville, Tex.||Center|
|N'dea Jones||Texas A&M||Atlanta, Ga.||Forward|
|Micaela Kelly||Central Michigan||Detroit, Mich.||Guard|
|Awak Kuier||Finland||Cairo, Egypt||Center|
|Selena Lott||Marquette||Troy, N.Y.||Guard|
|Natasha Mack||Oklahoma State||Lufkin, Tex.||Forward|
|Tiana Mangakahia||Syracuse||Brisbane, Australia.||Guard|
|Aari McDonald||Arizona||Fresno, Calif.||Guard|
|Michaela Onyenwere||UCLA||Aurora, Colo.||Forward|
|Chasity Patterson||Kentucky||Houston, Tex.||Guard|
|Chelsey Perry||University of Tennessee at Martin||Middleton, Tenn.||Guard|
|Lindsey Pulliam||Northwestern||Washington, D.C.||Guard|
|Ivana Raca||Wake Forest||Larnaka, Cyprus||Forward|
|DiDi Richards||Baylor||Houston, TX||Guard|
|Iliana Rupert||France||Sevres, France||Forward|
|Destiny Slocum||Arkansas||Boise, Idaho||Guard|
|Unique Thompson||Auburn||Mobile, Ala.||Forward|
|Jill Townsend||Gonzaga||Omak, Washington||Guard|
|Destinee Walker||Notre Dame||Cleveland, Miss.||Guard|
|Jasmine Walker||Alabama||Montgomery, Ala.||Forward|
|Stephanie Watts||North Carolina||Bronx, N.Y.||Guard|
|Kiana Williams||Stanford||San Antonio, Tex.||Guard|
|Aaliyah Wilson||Texas A&M||Muskogee, Oklahoma||Guard|
|Jenn Wirth||Gonzaga||Mesa, Ariz.||Forward|