SOUTH BEND — Notre Dame women’s basketball junior standout Jackie Young is not ruling out the risk of turning pro early.
“I have not even imagined about it to be sincere,” Young said when the matter of moving into the WNBA draft was broached through an availability with media Wednesday afternoon.
Requested if she was leaning 1 way or the other, the adaptable guard said she is not.
“I definitely have not imagined about nearly anything, but if I did make your mind up nearly anything, I guess that would be immediately after the period,” Young said of whether or not she has a timeline in head for her conclusion.
Irish mentor Muffet McGraw said before Wednesday that she has not talked with Young about the risk of turning pro.
“I would totally assume her to appear back again,” McGraw said, “but we have not had that discussion.”
If Young were being to switch pro immediately after this period, that would mean Notre Dame would get rid of all five starters from its No. 4-ranked club that plays Thursday night time at Miami.
Arike Ogunbowale, Jessica Shepard, Brianna Turner and Marina Mabrey are all seniors in eligibility and deemed pro prospective clients.
Still, it is Young who was rated previously mentioned every single in an ESPN.com tale last 7 days predicting the 2019 WNBA draft. No date is set for the draft, but it is envisioned to be in mid-April.
Inspite of not staying a senior, Young would be eligible if she declared because she turns 22 in the calendar year of the draft. Her birthday is Sept. 16.
The ESPN report projected Young to go No. 6 in general to Minnesota, followed by Ogunbowale staying the seventh pick to Los Angeles.
The WNBA has 12 groups and its draft is 3 rounds.
Turner and Shepard are forecasted as early-second round picks, with Turner heading 14th in general to New York and Shepard 16th to Minnesota.
Mabrey was outlined as the 27th in general pick to Chicago.
ESPN “sought the know-how of the WNBA’s normal administrators and coaches” for its tale, and the assessments of its very own women’s basketball analysts, but did not say how lots of GMs and coaches participated.
The report spelled out that draft-eligible juniors were being integrated in the predictions, but additional that none of them have really declared yet.
Young was the second of four juniors projected to be taken, led by predicted No. 1 in general pick Sabrina Ionescu of Oregon.
A trio of non-collegiate international players were being also outlined. They occupied the Nos. 8, 10 and 24 spots.
DraftSite.com is updating its very own predictions on a frequent basis.
As of Wednesday evening, Ogunbowale was forecasted at No. 6 to Minnesota, Young No. 11 to Atlanta, Shepard No. 12 to Seattle and Turner No. 14 to New York. Mabrey was not projected to be drafted.
The Linked Press issued projections in early January immediately after polling a panel of WNBA coaches and GMs. The AP tale outlined just two rounds and excluded juniors from thing to consider.
Ogunbowale was outlined No. 6 in that report as very well. Turner and Shepard were being projected as Phoenix teammates at Nos. 8 and 13, respectively, and Mabrey was outlined No. 17 to Dallas.
Notre Dame has had just 1 participant, Jewell Loyd in 2015, declare early for the WNBA draft.
Loyd went No. 1 in general to Seattle. She was the WNBA’s Rookie of the Calendar year that period, picked to the All-WNBA second team in 2016 and was an all-star in 2018.
When WNBA salaries are a compact fraction of all those in the NBA, the the greater part of the league’s players nutritional supplement their incomes by also enjoying overseas.
Forbes business enterprise journal documented last July that to start with-year WNBA players get paid $50,000, the league’s median income is $71,635 and that salaries are capped at $110,000.
Of 157 WNBA players, 89 were being also enjoying overseas.
For each Forbes, Euro League salaries get started at $100,000.
The coming WNBA frequent period goes from May well 24 to Sept. 8, followed by the playoffs.
Miami in the combine
The No. 25 Hurricanes (19-5, 7-2) appear to stay in the log-jammed Atlantic Coast Conference race when the Irish (21-2, 8-1) pay a visit to.
ND is particularly tied with No. 2 Louisville and No. 9 North Carolina Point out atop the league standings.
Miami and No. 24 Florida Point out are a match back again, whilst No. 15 Syracuse (6-2) is just a match back again in the decline column.
All of all those top rated 6 groups in the standings deal with fellow associates of the top rated 6 Thursday.
Louisville hosts Syracuse, whilst N.C. Point out visits Florida Point out.
“I guess it is tough not to pay back interest to that,” Young said of the Thursday timetable as the period ticks down. “A great deal of other video games (could) determine how we finish. We just have to definitely
Young said ND’s purpose remains “winning all of our conference video games from here on out, then successful an ACC (Tournament) championship so that we can get a fantastic seed in the (NCAA) Tournament.”
The traveling to Canes pushed eventual national winner Notre Dame prior to slipping 83-76 in last season’s matchup.
In addition to having 3 starters back again, they’ve additional 6-foot-4 submit Beatrice Mompremier, a redshirt junior who sat out last period immediately after transferring from Baylor.
Mompremier — the No. 22 pick in all those DraftSite.com projections — is averaging 16.3 points and 11.7 rebounds.
Miami is 7-1 in ACC participate in with Mompremier in the lineup, the lone decline staying 62-58 last 7 days at rival Florida Point out. She skipped the Jan. 10 decline to Clemson because of to a family members make a difference.
Muffet on Riley
McGraw expressed glee Wednesday more than ex-Irish star Ruth Riley staying named a Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame variety before this 7 days.
“What much better representative of our method?” the mentor said. “A national winner (in 2001, when she led Notre Dame to the title and acquired Naismith Player of the Calendar year honors), then she’s MVP of the WNBA, goes on to earn a gold medal in the Olympics.
“She did so lots of wonderful matters on the basketball court docket, but she’s also just a world humanitarian. She’s fascinated in so lots of will cause. She’s always wanting to fight for girls. Proper now, she’s functioning in the NBA on the radio. Just so energized for Ruth and almost everything she’s intended for us and our method.”
Riley at present handles color commentary for Miami Heat video games.
At the similar time Marina Mabrey was publishing two of the top rated 3-level capturing video games of her Notre Dame job last 7 days, freshman sister Dara was draining triples at a equivalent clip for Virginia Tech.
No official confirmation, but it could have been the very best 7 days exterior the arc by a pair of siblings in NCAA Division I history.
In wins more than Clemson and Ga Tech, Marina connected on 12-of-17, fantastic for 71.4 percent.
In wins more than Pittsburgh and Boston Higher education, Dara transformed 10-of-14, fantastic for 70.6 percent.
They mixed on 22-of-31 for 71. percent.
Dara was picked ACC Rookie of the 7 days, whilst Marina was ND’s nominee for Player of the 7 days.
— Muffet McGraw, Notre Dame mentor, on Miami.