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Iowa’s Caitlin Clark Is ‘One of many Greatest Guards We have Ever Seen,’ WNBA Exec Says

Julia StumbaughApril 13, 2023Maddie Meyer/Getty ImagesIowa star Caitlin Clark is becoming one of the most highly regarded potential members of the 2024 WNBA draft class.A WNBA executive thinks Clark is “one of the best guards we’ve ever seen,” according to an anonymous survey of four WNBA general managers, an assistant general manager and a front-office

Iowa’s Caitlin Clark Is ‘One of many Greatest Guards We have Ever Seen,’ WNBA Exec Says

Julia StumbaughApril 13, 2023

DALLAS, TEXAS - APRIL 02: Caitlin Clark #22 of the Iowa Hawkeyes shoots the ball against Angel Reese #10 of the LSU Lady Tigers during the fourth quarter during the 2023 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament championship game at American Airlines Center on April 02, 2023 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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Iowa star Caitlin Clark is turning into probably the most extremely regarded potential members of the 2024 WNBA draft class.

A WNBA govt thinks Clark is “the most effective guards we have ever seen,” in keeping with an nameless survey of 4 WNBA common managers, an assistant common supervisor and a front-office govt accomplished by The Athletic.

“A few of the video games that Clark’s had this yr point out to us that she’s the most effective guards we have ever seen,” stated the WNBA govt. “I do know what I might wish to see from Caitlin: I might wish to see her come out subsequent yr. I do not need her to remain in faculty one other yr. I would like her to say, ‘Hey, I am bored with faculty. I will go to the professionals.’”

Clark, who turns 22 subsequent January, shall be eligible for the 2024 draft. The 6’0″ guard set the all-time NCAA match scoring document for women and men with 191 factors as she led the Hawkeyes to the 2023 championship sport with probably the most dominant postseasons in NCAA basketball historical past.

The star guard racked up 30 factors, 17 assists and 10 rebounds on March 5 to steer Iowa to a 105-72 win over Ohio State, and their second straight convention title, with the first triple-double accomplished in a Huge Ten championship sport.

On March 26, she led the Hawkeyes previous Louisville within the Elite Eight spherical with 41 factors, 10 rebounds and 12 assists, marking the first 40-point triple-double recorded by a person or girl throughout an NCAA match.

5 days later, Clark racked up one other 41 factors within the Last 4 to deal undefeated South Carolina their first lack of the season with the highest-scoring nationwide semifinal efficiency in match historical past.

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In 9 postseason contests throughout the Huge Ten and NCAA tournaments, Clark averaged 30.8 factors per sport.

This efficiency earned reward from everybody from Sabrina Ionescu to LeBron James and from Billie Jean King to John Cena, along with faculty coaches {and professional} executives.

Now the query is: Will Clark determine to enter the WNBA draft in 2024?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Clark has an additional yr of eligibility and will determine to play a fifth season with the Hawkeyes in 2024-25. Clark informed The Each day Iowan’s Chloe Peterson on March 5 that she plans to make that call forward of the 2023-24 season begin this fall.

Till then, WNBA executives with a shot on the 2024 high decide shall be holding their breath.

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