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WNBA Rookie of the Year 2023 Rankings

Ranking the best WNBA Rookies for this upcoming 2023 WNBA Season


By Fan Rankings | May 01, 2023 - 09:57 AM

The future of the Women’s National Basketball Association continues to grow from season to season as the talent level on the floor continues to rise. The same will be said for the upcoming 2023 WNBA Season as the next wave of incoming WNBA superstars have a bright future and upside to help continue the success of the league.

As you start to look at the incoming WNBA rookies who were selected during the 2023 WNBA Draft, the list is loaded with many deserving of a spot on the Top 10 WNBA Rookie Predictions 2023 rankings list.


Two names that stand out among the incoming WNBA rookies are Aliyah Boston of the South Carolina Gamecocks and Diamond Miller of the Maryland Terps.

Boston who was selected by the Indiana Fever with the number one overall pick. Meanwhile Miller was selected with the number two overall pick by the Minnesota Lynx.

Joining those two stars include former Women’s NCAA Basketball scoring leader Maddy Siegrist who will join the Dallas Wings, Stephanie Soares of the Dallas Wings, Haley Jones of the Atlanta Dream, and Grace Berger of the Indiana Fever. Here is a look at the Top 10 WNBA Rookie Predictions 2023 rankings list.

Honorable Mention

Lou Lopez Senechal

Team: Dallas Wings

Landing just outside the top 10 on the Top 10 WNBA Rookie Predictions 2023 rankings list is the former UConn Huskies forward Lou Lopez Senechal.

Senechal, who played the last two years of college basketball with the Huskies posted at least 15 points per game in four straight seasons dating to her sophomore season at Fairfield.

The former Huskies forward is a strong scorer who can shoot from behind the three-point line and will give the Dallas Wings another talented star. Last season Senechal shot 47.6 percent from the field and 44 percent from behind the three-point line.

Taylor Mikesell

Team: Indiana Fever

Another great college basketball season who heard her name called during the 2023 WNBA Draft is the Ohio State Buckeyes guard Taylor Mikesell.

Mikesell who entered college as a five-star recruit lived up to that hype taking home multiple honors during her time with the Buckeyes including being named to two First-Team All-Big Ten teams as well as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year.

Mikesell finished off her career averaging 17.2 points per game to go along with 2.3 assists, 1.4 steals, 2.8 assists while shooting 41.4 percent from the field.

Top 10 WNBA Rookies 

10. Laeticia Amihere

Team: Atlanta Dream

Coming in at number 10 on the Top 10 WNBA Rookie Predictions 2023 rankings list is the Atlanta Dream first round pick Laeticia Amihere.

The former South Carolina Gamecocks forward will bring strong size and leadership to a Dream team looking to move up within the standings in the WNBA Eastern Conference.

While her numbers with the Gamecocks weren’t as impressive as others on this list, much of that was due to the talent surrounding her and the little they asked of her.

Nonetheless Amihere still averaged 7.1 points per game to go along with 3.4 rebounds and provided strong defense while averaging 1.1 blocked shots.

9. Zia Cooke

Team: Los Angeles Sparks

Another member of a very talented South Carolina Gamecocks team landing on the list of the top WNBA rookies entering the 2023 season is Zia Cooke.

Cooke, who joins teammates Laeticia Amihere and Aliyah Boston on the list, is a talented guard who can play with any guard in the country.

Cook, who was a two time First-Team All-Sec selection finished off her college career averaging 15.4 points per game while shooting 40.5 percent from the field.

Cooke is an aggressive guard who can score and run the offense. Look for Cooke to play a key role during her rookie season with the Los Angeles Sparks.

8. Maia Hirsch

Team: Minnesota Lynx

One name that might go under the radar among the top WNBA rookies during the upcoming season is Maia Hirsch. Hirsch who played her basketball overseas for Villenueve has tremendous size while projecting to be a great power forward or center in the WNBA.

The Minnesota Lynx forward/center will enter the season at just 19 years old who has shown her ability to play on both ends of the floor while being a plus defender who can also shoot from anywhere on the offensive end of the floor. While the upcoming season will be a learning season for her, look for Hirsch to develop along the season.

7. Jordan Horston

Team: Seattle Storm

The former Tennessee Lady Volunteers guard was as good as any guard in the country this past season while becoming the face of the Volunteers team.

Horston is a playmaker who can play either the point guard or shooting guard position while having the ability to make a play with the ball in her hand.

Her ability to run the offense will be key to her success and the Seattle Storm’s success during the 2023 WNBA season. Horston capped off her final season in college averaging 15.6 points per game to go along with 7.1 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.1 blocked shots. 

6. Grace Berger

Team: Indiana Fever

Another solid guard who has the potential to develop into a top tier point guard in the WNBA is Grace Berger. Berger, who played her college basketball with the Indiana Hoosiers ranked among the top guards in the country while running the Hoosiers offense all season long.

Her play at the point guard position earned her four selections to the First-Team All-Big Ten team while putting together a strong college career.

Berger is a true point guard who averaged at least 4.6 assists in each of the past three seasons including a career high 5.8 assists last season while also adding 12.9 points per game.

The Fever land a player who is not selfish who can run their offense and get the ball to other top players including the first overall pick Aliyah Boston.

5. Stephanie Soares

Team: Dallas Wings

Rounding out the top five on the Top 10 WNBA Rookie Predictions 2023 rankings list is the Dallas Wings Stephanie Soares. Soares who was originally drafted by the Washington Mystics was immediately traded to the Wings for future draft picks.

The move handed the Wings three talented WNBA players all drafted within the top 10 picks of the 2023 WNBA Draft. Despite missing the end of the season after tearing her ACL, Soares showcased her ability as a top player while time will tell if she can play this season.

Nonetheless in 13 games last season the Iowa State Hawkeyes forward averaged over 15 points per game (15.4) to go along with 10.8 rebounds while recording eight double doubles. If Soares returns this season, look for her to rank among the best rookies in the WNBA.

4. Haley Jones

Team: Atlanta Dream

Another guard who will be entering the WNBA ranked among the best rookies is the former Stanford Cardinal Haley Jones. Jones, who ranked among the best guards in all of College Basketball helped the Cardinals win the 2021 NCAA Championship.

In addition to being a member of the Championship team, Jones took home First-Team All-American honors during this past season after winning the Final Four Most Outstanding Player during that Championship run.

Jones brings leadership and a player who can run the offense but also play on both ends of the floor. The former Cardinal shot 43.2 percent from the field, averaged nearly a blocked shot, and steals per game while also scoring 13.5 points per game and grabbing nine rebounds.

3. Maddy Siegrist

Team: Dallas Wings

When it comes to the top three 2023 WNBA draft picks, each is well deserving of consideration as a player who could win the 2023 WNBA Rookie of the Year award.

One of those players is the former Villanova Wildcats forward Maddy Siegrist who led the nation in scoring while averaging 29.2 points per game last season.

In each of the past three seasons Siegrist averaged at least 22 points while also adding at least nine rebounds in each season.

Over her four-year career with the Wildcats Siegrist averaged a blocked shot each season while also shooting at least 32 percent from behind the three-point line. Entering the WNBA, Siegrist brings a scoring threat to the Wings while also someone who can rebound and play defense.

2. Diamond Miller

Team: Minnesota Lynx

Coming off her best season with the Maryland Terps, Diamond Miller was a key reason the Terps had success all season as well as throughout the Women’s NCAA Basketball Tournament.

Miller finished her career off averaging 47.6 shooting from the field and a career high 19.7 points per game to go along with 6.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists.

On the defensive end of the floor Miller made it difficult for opponents to get by her while also recording 2.1 steals and 1.3 blocked shots. Miller is an all-around tremendous athlete who should excel at the next level with the Minnesota Lynx while competing for the Rookie of the Year Award in the WNBA.

1. Aliyah Boston

Team: Indiana Fever

In at number one on the Top 10 WNBA Rookie Predictions 2023 rankings list is Aliyah Boston who was the number one overall selection during the 2023 WNBA Draft.

Boston who was the 2022 Naismith College Player of the Year was in the running in multiple seasons while also taking home a long list of additional awards while also winning two defensive player of the year awards.

The former South Carolina Gamecocks star posted a career double double stat line while averaging 14.1 points per game to go along with 10.8 rebounds over her four years with the Gamecocks.

In addition, Boston averaged at least two blocked shots in each of her four seasons to go with nearly one steal per season. Boston will bring a versatile player who has the potential to do more on the offensive side of the ball while her defensive abilities gives the Fever someone who can shut down opposing players.

How would you rank these WNBA Rookies going into the 2023 WNBA Season?

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