2019 WNBA Draft is April 10; Fever expect Achonwa back

Mark your calendars for April 10, 2019.

The Indiana Fever is celebrating its 20th anniversary this season—but that’s not the only thing they are excited about for the upcoming year.

In an interview Saturday, the Indiana Fever’s Chief Operating Officer, Julie Graue, told FOX Sports Indiana that the WNBA Draft will fall on April 10.

“That’s a big day,” Graue said. “We’re going to have a big party for that as well. That’s a date to remember.”

By the sounds of it, the Fever love their draft position.

“I think we’re definitely excited about the draft; about getting a number three pick,” Graue said. “There are five really awesome prospects, and if any of them land on our team, which they will, we’ll see some definite improvement.”

Graue also mentioned Natalie Achonwa, a restricted free agent, will be a key returner for the Fever this year.

The 2018 campaign was a tumultuous one for Indiana. They started out 0-5 and even by June, had won just one game at 1-10. The Fever finished last in the WNBA and posted the worst record in franchise history at 6-28, though two of their wins came over the Lynx and the Sparks.

In the 2018 WNBA Draft, the Fever picked Kelsey Mitchell and Victoria Vivians in the first round, who still remain on the roster. Mitchell averaged 12.7 points and 2.7 assists in her rookie season while playing just under 25 minutes a game. Vivians also played solid minutes as a rookie and averaged 8.9 points and 3.1 rebounds per game.

It probably can’t get any worse for Indiana from 2018. With more experienced young players (now no longer rookies), another elite pick plus bringing back the underrated Achonwa, the pieces seem to be coming together.