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WNBA Draft Roundup: Queen Egbo, Jordan Lewis Give Baylor Three Picks

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The Indiana Fever took Baylor center Queen Egbo with the 10th pick overall in the first round of the 2022 WNBA Draft on Monday night.

Egbo was the second Big 12 player to be taken in the draft. She was also the second Baylor player taken in the draft, as the Fever reunited Egbo with forward NaLyssa Smith, who was selected second overall.

The Fever had four selections in the first 10 picks, and the Fever also selected Louisville forward Emily Engstler at No. 4 and Stanford guard Lexie Hull at No. 6.


Between the four players, three of them — Smith, Egbo and Hull — have a national title. Engstler played for Louisville, which reached the Final Four this season.

Egbo averaged 11 points and 8.4 rebounds last season for the Bears, who won the Big 12 regular-season title, reached the Big 12 Tournament championship game and the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Smith and Egbo weren’t the only Big 12 players taken, either. Their teammate, guard Jordan Lewis, went to Connecticut at No. 24, giving the Sun another weapon in the backcourt. Lewis averaged 11.8 points and had a team-high 185 assists.

The first round of the WNBA Draft started with Atlanta taking Kentucky forward Rhyne Howard at No. 1 overall. Smith was rumored to be the potential No. 1 overall pick, but that was before Atlanta traded up to No. 1 with Washington, which previously held that pick.

After the Fever took Smith at No. 2, Washington selected Ole Miss forward Shakira Austin at No. 3.

After the Fever took Engstler, the New York Liberty selected Oregon forward Nyara Sabally at No. 5.

After the Fever selected Hull, Dallas selected Northwestern guard Veronica Burton at No. 7, after which Las Vegas selected Colorado forward Mya Hollingshed at No. 8. Los Angeles then took Tennessee guard Rae Burrell at No. 9.

After Egbo, Las Vegas took Florida Gulf Coast guard Kirestan Bell at No. 11 and Connecticut took Michigan State guard Nia Clouden at No. 12.

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