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Top 10 WNBA Rookie of the Year 2024 Rankings

Previewing the Top 10 WNBA Rookies of the 2024 WNBA Season as Caitlin Clark of the Indiana Fever leads the way


By admin | May 1, 2024

The next wave of young talent arrives during the 2024 WNBA Season after an exciting draft class was selected during the 2024 WNBA Draft. As the preseason games begin to tip off and the opening tip off of the regular season is in just two weeks, excitement continues to build around the incoming rookie class of the WNBA. A class that features an extensive list of talented players headlined by College Player of the Year Caitlin Clark. As Clark begins to build her WNBA resume, the All-Time leading scorer lands atop the Top 10 WNBA Rookies 2024 Rankings Preview.

Clark, who was selected number one overall by the Indiana Fever arrives in the league as one of the most hyped-up women’s basketball players to arrive within the league based on her success at the college rankings.

The former Iowa Hawkeyes guard is a dynamic all around player that can not only shoot the ball from nearly anywhere on the hardwood but also has the basketball IQ and skills to run the Fevers offense as a rookie.

Joining Clark among the best rookies entering the WNBA include Kamilla Cardoso and Angel Reese of the Chicago Sky as well as Cameron Brink and Rickea Jackson of the Los Angeles Sparks. 

Here is a look at the Top 10 WNBA Rookies 2024 Rankings Preview:

Honorable Mention

Marquesha Davis

Team: New York Liberty

Position: Guard/Forward

Just missing the Top 10 WNBA Rookies 2024 Rankings Preview list is the New York Liberty’s 11th overall draft pick Marquesha Davis.

Davis became a household name over her final two years of college and elevated her game to land her as a first-round draft pick. The former Ole Miss Rebels star brings a strong defensive presence to a Liberty team loaded with talent including reigning WNBA MVP Breanna Stewart.

Despite lacking a true shooting touch from the outside, Davis makes up for it with her ability to attack the rim and score in transition. 

Taiyanna Jackson

Team: Connecticut Sun

Position: Center

The former Kansas Jayhawks center will slide in at the center position while playing alongside a tandem of talented players including DeWanna Bonner, Astou Ndour-Fall, and Brionna Jones as well as playmaker Alyssa Thomas.

Jackson will deliver the team a new element down low and a player who can attack the rim on both ends of the floor but more importantly on the defensive end of the floor.

The six-foot six-inch Jackson ability to defend and block shots will give her a leg up on many of the rookies. Jackson capped off three straight seasons posting at least three blocked shots per game while also averaging a double double in each of the past two seasons.

Jackson enters her rookie season coming off averaging 12.6 points per game to go along with 10 rebounds, 1.1 steals and three blocked shots.

Top 10 WNBA Rookies 2024 Rankings

10. Nyadiew Puoch

Team: Atlanta Dream

Position: Forward

Sliding in at number 10 on the Top 10 WNBA Rookies 2024 Rankings Preview list is the Atlanta Dream’s first round pick Nyadiew Puoch. Coming from Australia, Puoch has built up a strong resume including playing within the Women’s National Basketball League.

The Australian born basketball player will bring a solid all-around game to the floor along with solid size at six foot three inches that can deliver the Dream a player who can develop into a face of their organization at just 19 years old.

While question marks surround her overall offensive game, her overall abilities to make a play will elevate her game as a rookie.

9. Dyaisha Fair

Team: Las Vegas Aces

Position: Guard

While possibly overlooked among the top talent of the 2024 WNBA Draft, Dyaisha Fair enters her rookie season as a true contender for the Rookie of the Year Award.

Fair will enter her rookie season as one of the most polished scorers among the draft and a player who can shoot from anywhere on the floor.

Despite being a second-round pick, Fair will step into an incredibly talented Las Vegas Aces team which may reduce her playing time, but her shooting range and playmaking abilities will make it hard for her not to see the floor.

Fair averaged over 20 points per game in four of her five collegiate seasons all while shooting over 31 percent from behind the three-point line.

8. Jacy Sheldon

Team: Dallas Wings

Position: Guard

One of the top guards of the 2024 WNBA Draft class, Jacy Sheldon will bring a strong guard presence to the team while delivering the team a strong one two punch alongside Arike Ogunbowale.

The former Ohio State Buckeyes guard brings electric and energy to the floor each time she sets forth on the hardwood on both ends of the floor.

Sheldon finished her college basketball career as an aggressive defender including posting 3.5 steals per game last season before finishing up her career averaging 1.9 steals per game.

In addition, Sheldon is a strong shooter coming off a final season averaging 17.8 points per game to go along with 50.5 field goal percentage and a 37.3 percent mark from behind the three-point line. 

7. Alissa Pili

Team: Minnesota Lynx

Position: Forward

At six foot two inches Alissa Pili will deliver the Minnesota Lynx a player that can play at multiple positions including both at the small and power forward positions while also having the ball handling skills to play guard.

The Lynx will need a big-time player to slide into the roster this season alongside forwards Diamond Miller and Naphessa Collier.

As the former Utah Utes forward will deliver another big body down low, Pili will also bring a true scoring element to the team who can shoot from anywhere on the floor including from behind the three-point line.

Over the past two seasons Pili has shot at least 40 percent from behind the three-point line while averaging over 20 points per game during each season. 

6. Aaliyah Edwards

Team: Washington Mystics

Position: Forward

One of the rookies that should see a solid number of minutes over her rookie season is the Washington Mystics Aaliyah Edwards. Edwards is a player to watch among the draft class with the departure of Elle Delle Donne who is skipping the upcoming season.

The former UConn Huskies forward delivers the Mystics a dynamic down low player who can control the boards on both ends of the floor after coming off back-to-back seasons averaging at least nine rebounds.

While her rebounding will add value, the Huskies forward can also add value all over the floor including on the offensive end after finishing her collegiate career with a 59.8 percent field goal percentage mark. Edwards has also added at least one steal and one blocked shot in each of her four seasons with the Huskies.

5. Cameron Brink

Team: Los Angeles Sparks

Position: Forward

Rounding out the top five on the Top 10 WNBA Rookies 2024 Rankings Preview is the second first round selection of the Los Angeles Sparks Cameron Brink. Overall Brink’s potential landed her as the number two overall pick during the draft just behind top overall pick Caitlin Clark.

The former Stanford Cardinal forward has size at six foot four and has all the physical tools to be dominant on both ends of the floor, however Brink’s specialty is on the defensive end of the floor where she is coming off the Defensive Player of the Year Award.

Brink posted at least three blocked shoots in each of the previous two seasons while capping off her final season grabbing 11.9 rebounds per game. While her offensive shooting is not as strong as others in the class, it continues to improve overall.

4. Angel Reese

Team: Chicago Sky

Position: Forward

The big lights are about to get even brighter for the talented forward from the LSU Tigers as she is set to make her rookie debut.

Reese has solid size at the forward position at six foot three inches while having the physical skills to dominate the glass, something that will be key for the success of the Chicago Sky over the course of the 2024 season.

In each of the previous three seasons, Reese has posted at least 10 rebounds while also delivering at least 17 points per game.

In addition, the aggressive forward is also a strong defender posting almost two steals per game (1.9) and one blocked shot per game over her final college season. If Reese can develop a mid-range jumper over the course of the season, the Baltimore, Maryland native will be hard to shut down.

3. Rickea Jackson

Team: Los Angeles Sparks

Position: Forward

Another talented member of the most recent WNBA Draft class is the former Tennessee Volunteers forward Rickea Jackson.

Jackson is as athletic as any rookie entering the league this season. Jackson will deliver the Sparks a ton of energy on the floor on both ends of the floor along with a player who can score on one end and play aggressive shutdown defense on the other end.

The fourth overall pick of the 2024 WNBA Draft finished her career averaging at least 20 points per game in two of her last three seasons while shooting a career high 33.8 percent from behind the three-point line during her final season. 

2. Kamilla Cardoso

Team: Chicago Sky

Position: Center

While all eyes will be on Caitlin Clark this season, the rest of the 2024 WNBA Draft class is solid including Kamilia Cardoso who is set to form a dynamic duo with fellow draft pick Angel Reese.

While Cardoso did not deliver the same type of punch, the dynamic center will bring a physical element to the Chicago Sky while delivering the team a player who can big a threat down low on offense and a havoc for opposing players on the opposite end of the floor.

The former South Carolina Gamecocks center posted 2.5 blocked shots per game last year to go along with nearly 10 rebounds per game (9.7). In addition, Cardoso brings leadership after winning two National Championships over the past three seasons to help deliver the Sky into the WNBA Finals.

1. Caitlin Clark

Team: Indiana Fever

Position: Guard

In at number one on the Top 10 WNBA Rookies 2024 Rankings Preview list is the Indiana Fever first overall pick Caitlin Clark. Clark is a pure all-around shooter that ranks among the best to ever play in college.

The former Iowa Hawkeyes guard finished off her career as a 37.7 percent three-point shooter while averaging 28.4 points per game over her four-year collegiate career.

While the Fever will land the best shooter in the 2024 WNBA Draft, the team will also land a strong ball handler who also averaged at least eight assists in each of her last three years in college.

The learning curve may slow Clark down some entering her rookie season, still expect the shooter to make an impact as a rookie.

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