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The complete history of first overall picks in WNBA Draft

Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu has become the 24th first overall pick in the WNBA Draft.

In the league's history, 22 of the 24 number one picks have come from college basketball with Australian legend Lauren Jackson and Beligum star Ann Wauters being the only two outliers.

Ionescu becomes the first player from Oregon selected first overall in the WNBA Draft.

The University of Connecticut has produced the most number one picks in the history of the league with Sue Bird (2002, Seattle Storm), Diana Taurasi (2004, Phoenix Mercury), Tina Charles (2010, Connecticut Sun), Maya Moore (2011, Minnesota Lynx) and Breanna Stewart (2016, Seattle Storm) leading the way.

No other school has produced more than two first overall selections.

Here is the complete list of first overall picks in the WNBA Draft:

History of first overall picks in WNBA Draft
Year Player School/Club Selecting team
2020 Sabrina Ionescu Oregon New York Liberty
2019 Jackie Young Notre Dame Las Vegas Aces
2018 A'ja Wilson South Carolina Las Vegas Aces
2017 Kelsey Plum Washington San Antonio Stars
2016 Breanna Stewart UConn Seattle Storm
2015 Jewell Loyd Notre Dame Seattle Storm
2014 Chiney Ogwumike Stanford Connecticut Sun
2013 Brittney Griner Baylor Phoenix Mercury
2012 Nneka Ogwumike Stanford Los Angeles Sparks
2011 Maya Moore UConn Minnesota Lynx
2010 Tina Charles UConn Connecticut Sun (from Liberty, via Sparks, via Lynx)
2009 Angel McCoughtry Louisville Atlanta Dream
2008 Candace Parker Tennessee Los Angeles Sparks
2007 Lindsey Harding Duke Phoenix Mercury (to Lynx)
2006 Seimone Augustus LSU Minnesota Lynx
2005 Janel McCarville Minnesota Charlotte Sting
2004 Diana Taurasi UConn Phoenix Mercury
2003 LaToya Thomas Mississippi State Cleveland Rockers
2002 Sue Bird UConn Seattle Storm
2001 Lauren Jackson Canberra Seattle Storm
2000 Ann Wauters Valenciennes Cleveland Rockers
1999 Chamique Holdsclaw Tennessee Washington Mystics
1998 Małgorzata Dydek Poland Utah Starzz
1997 Tina Thompson USC Houston Comets

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