WNBA Draft 2024: Cameron Brink picked No. 2 after Caitlin Clark, Kamilla Cardoso goes third

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Caitlin Clark was selected first by the Indiana Fever in this year’s WNBA Draft, as was widely expected. But picks further down the order, starting with pick No. 2, were less certain heading into Monday.

The Los Angeles Sparks selected Cameron Brink with the No. 2 pick. With the following selection, the Chicago Sky drafted Kamilla Cardoso.

Here’s a running list of the top picks:

  1. Caitlin Clark, Iowa — Indiana Fever
  2. Cameron Brink, Stanford — Los Angeles Sparks
  3. Kamilla Cardoso, South Carolina — Chicago Sky
  4. Rickea Jackson, Tennessee — Los Angeles Sparks
  5. Jacy Sheldon, Ohio State — Dallas Wings
  6. Aaliyah Edwards, Connecticut — Washington Mystics

What Brink brings to the Sparks

Brink, the Pac-12 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, could be an essential building block for the Sparks, who are restructuring their roster. A 6-foot-4 power forward, Brink brings versatility with her ability to defend guards or bigs. She can also protect inside, after leading the nation with 3.6 blocks per game. She’s led the league with career rebounds and blocks. She’ll need to work on cutting down her fouls and WNBA.

“I fell in love with the game just being here in New York,” Brink said on ESPN. “I’m looking forward to a new challenge, and I’m ready to get to work.” — Sabreena Merchant, women’s basketball writer

Scouting report on Cardoso

Cardoso’s meteoric rise continued when she was taken third by the Chicago Sky. The 6-foot-7 South Carolina center was the Sixth Woman of the Year as a junior, and after a stellar senior season became a lottery pick.

She has the potential to dominate as an offensive rebounder and scorer, as well as a defensive stopper. The Sky could make her an important centerpiece as they have only one player under contract after this season. — Merchant

Why Jackson fits with Los Angeles

Jackson belongs in Los Angeles. The lone draftee to have a costume change between the orange carpet and her moment on the stage, Jackson is built for the bright lights. As she told ESPN’s Holly Rowe, “(Sparks fans) are just going to be falling in love with my personality.”

Jackson was highly regarded by WNBA general managers for her scoring prowess. She puts up points in bunches and can do so in a variety of ways. L.A. has its defensive anchor in Brink and, now, a pure bucket-getter in Jackson. — Merchant

How Sheldon could elevate Dallas

Sheldon should bring some defense to Dallas without compromising the Wings’ spacing. Sheldon will be allowed to play aggressively on the perimeter, knowing that the trees (Teaira McCowan, Kalani Brown and Natasha Howard) are waiting behind her inside. She isn’t a natural lead guard, but Dallas still needs a two-way guard who can play next to Arike Ogunbowale, and Sheldon is big enough to make that backcourt defensively viable. — Merchant

This story will be updated as selections are made.

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(Photo of Cameron Brink: Sarah Stier / Getty Images)

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