NEW YORK – Jackie Young said it was a dream to be placed first in the WNBA draft.
The Notre Dame junior guard, who was able to explain it earlier because she turns 22 in the same year. The design was voted No. 1 by the Las Vegas Aces on Wednesday night.
She is the second Irish player to be drafted first, having come early to Jewell Loyd, who had the honor of 2015. It is the third year in a row, the Aces had the No. 1 selection. They took Kelsey Plum in 2017 when the franchise was still in San Antonio. The aces have packed A & # 39; Wilson with # 1 last season when the franchise moved to Las Vegas.
Young was the first of possibly five Notre Dame players to be drafted. Arike Ogunbowale finished fifth in Dallas. Brianna Turner finished 1
Asia Durr finished second to New York Liberty. The Louisville Guard, who twice was AP All-American, was the number 2 shooter in school history. The Indiana fever then took the Mississippi State Center Teaira McCowan in 3rd place Chicago pulled a UConn player for the second season in a row. Katie Lou Samuelson finished fourth. She joined them with former Huskies teammate Gabby Williams went to Minnesota. The Los Angeles Sparks put Baylor Center Kalani Brown in seventh place. For the 6-foot-7 center, it was a whirlwind for 72 hours when she helped Baylor win a national championship against Notre Dame on Sunday.
Australian Alanna Smith, who helped Stanford win the Pac-12 tournament title, was eighth-ranked by Phoenix. The Mercury is coached by Aussie Sandy Brondello. Kristine Anigwe was ninth to Connecticut. The center of Cal, which led the nation in rebuilding, was the national defender of the year. Washington clinched Kiara Leslie's 10th choice and Ezi Magbegor closed the opening round with defending Seattle.
This was possibly the most open draft lately without consensus on rank 1.  The 6-foot-0-Young averaged 14.7 points, 7.4 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game for Notre Lady. Their size, speed and versatility in guarding are qualities that should be well suited to the Aces franchise.
The WNBA season begins on May 24, with a few weeks previously opened training camps.
Mechelle Voepel and The. From ESPN Associated Press contributed to this report.