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Saturday, April 18, 2020


New York Cardinals or Louisville Liberty?

The New York Liberty started off draft week by trading star center Tina Charles to the Washington Mystics. They ended the week by selecting 1/6 of the players drafted on Friday night, including five players in the first 15 picks. When all was said and done, they ended up with six players from the first 15 picks after trading Shatori Walker-Kimbrough to the Phoenix Mercury for the newly drafted Jocelyn Willoughby and trading their newly drafted Erika Ogwumike to the Minnesota Lynx for Stephanie Talbot. 

Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu rolls to another prestigious honorThere was some late dissent about whether NY should take Sabrina Ionescu first overall as she may be exposed defensively in the W, but I think it was mostly people that would rather draft someone else for the surprise factor. Ionescu went first, followed by teammate Satou Sabally, Lauren Cox from Baylor, Chennedy Carter from A&M, and Bella Alarie from Princeton to round out the top-five. Alarie, as it happens, is Jay Bilas's god-daughter. She averaged 16-9-2 as a guard/forward for the Tigers this year.

So Asia Durr was joined in New York by Ionescu. It was expected, but that doesn't make it any less exciting. What may excite Asia even more is the what came next. A junior that left early was the next pick for NY, when they took Megan Walker, a forward out of UCONN with the ninth pick. Replacing Tina Charles will hardly be a simple task, but having talent in the front court will be quite useful. The Liberty would add more of that shortly.

Asia Durr (@A_Hooper25) | TwitterWhile it was prognosticated by many that Jaz Jones would end up being a third-round pick, it did not come to pass. That's not because she went undrafted, of course; it's because she was drafted in the first round. With the 12th pick, the final of the first round, Jaz was selected by, you guessed it, the New York Liberty. A few minutes later, the Liberty made the first pick of the second round: Kylee Shook. Shook was also expected to go in the third, so this was a big leap for her as well. Two picks later, the Liberty added another forward to the mix when selecting Leaonna Odom out of Duke. 

After their big draft night, the Liberty roster now sits at 17. Assuming they don't add any more players via trade or free agency, that means they'll have to find five players to send back home prior to the final roster deadline, as the maximum roster limit in the WNBA is 12. It would be stunning to see Asia Durr exit New York at this stage, as she was a high pick and averaged 10 ppg in 26 minutes last season. However, I would say that none of the draft picks after Megan Walker are safe. Were this a more normal draft for a team and Jaz Jones was the Liberty's second pick at 12, I'd say she was in a good spot. However, the team added three players before her. It's a very crowded rookie class and there will be some tough decisions to be made.

Jazmine Jones - Women's Basketball - University of Louisville ...
Were either Jones or Shook to be cut prior to the season, I would not expect that to be the end of the road. Despite Jones already having a gig elsewhere, I'd say she would still pursue the W, as would Kylee Shook. We saw the same thing happen to Arica Carter last year when she was cut prior to the season but still managed to find her way back to a team before the season was out. Jeff Walz has a certain brand of player he likes to recruit, and it includes a certain tenacity. No player that comes through Louisville is going to just give up if they get cut once.

All that said, there is still a big question regarding the WNBA season. The MLB has floated random ideas of returning to action at some point but none of those have come to pass. The NBA has no schedule. MLS has pushed their return out to July. The Indy 500 on Memorial Day Weekend has been postponed, as has Derby, and the Madison Regatta (July 4th) and Forecastle Festival (July 17-19) have already been canceled. Any summer events are in jeopardy, so we'll see if this season even comes to pass. Here's hoping all of our Cardinals in the league get the opportunity to show their stuff this year or next if it comes to it. Links to the post game teleconferences below:



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Until next time, Go Cards! (and Liberty!)


  1. wOW, WOW, WOW !! I really wish we could start the WNBA season tomorrow! This is going to be an exciting 'Louisville' Liberty squad with Sabrina, Asia, Kylee, Jaz and some very good returnees. Add in deadly Megan Walker, Jocelyn Willoughby and Leonna Odom and they already look to be a contender.

    Tina Charles, the main force for the Liberty last year, just isn't a fast break, up and down the court speed merchant -- which is how Walt Hopkins has built this squad.

    Ionescu is the perfect point guard for this team.

    I'm a happy camper this Saturday morning, plus I was off work last night and got to watch the WNBA draft, too. I threw my bowl of popcorn in the air when I saw Jaz's name come up as the #12 pick. I barely had time to recover when, then, Kylee was announced at #13.

    I'm getting a Liberty jersey. How about you?

    Curtis "Cards take a bite out of the Big Apple" Franklin

  2. Great news for both Jazz and Kylee. Like Chase said, 17 players and a 12 player roster makes it tough. The Liberty have six rookies. Hard to see all six making the roster.

  3. Sorry Case...knew I got your name wrong as soon as I Posted.

  4. He's a "case" for us to handle at times, Mike. LOLOLOL


  5. 20 years of success:

    University of Louisville WNBA Draft Picks:

    2020 WNBA Draft – Jazmine Jones (12th pick, New York Liberty), Kylee Shook (13th pick, New York Liberty)
    2019 WNBA Draft – Asia Durr (2nd pick, New York Liberty), Arica Carter (32nd pick, Phoenix Mercury), Sam Fuehring (34th pick, Washington Mystics)
    2018 WNBA Draft – Myisha Hines-Allen (19th pick, Washington Mystics) 2014 WNBA Draft - Shoni Schimmel (8th Pick, Atlanta Dream); Antonita Slaughter (35th Pick, Los Angeles Sparks); Asia Taylor (36th Pick, Minnesota Lynx)
    2009 WNBA Draft - Angel McCoughtry (1st Pick, Atlanta Dream); Candyce Bingham (39th Pick, San Antonio Silver Stars)
    2003 WNBA Draft - Lori Nero (19th Pick, Houston Comets)
    2000 WNBA Draft - Jill Morton (34th Pick, Charlotte Sting).

    Nick O

    1. Wow! That Cards final four 2017-18 team had 6 WNBA draft picks on the roster

  6. Outstanding for Jaz and Kylee!

    I am in quarantine. My neighbor tested positive three days ago. We had a chance meeting on the sidewalk five days ago. He turned my name in as a contact. He's been put on a ventilator. I feel fine and have no symptoms, but I'm staying on the second floor of our house and Delores is on the first floor. It's a crazy world. She leaves my meals on the stairs, in paper or plastic plates or bowls.

    A crazy world.

    The Real Joe Hill

  7. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Joe. When or will you be tested? Not sure how it works in Florida, but we hope for "negative results" and you and Delores are free of the virus.



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