7. Mikayla Pivec, 5’10 G, Oregon State
There’s no real weakness in Mikayla Pivec’s game. She’s extremely efficient from two and three, she rebounds the ball extremely well for a guard, she’s a gifted passer. Synergy loves her defense, too — she ranked 86th of 711 players, minimum 200 possessions, in defensive points per possessions last season. The only concern anyone seems to have about her is that she may be a tweener — too small to guard threes, too slow to stick with twos. But in a league where positional definitions are falling by the wayside with increasing velocity, it’s hard to imagine someone with Pivec’s skill set cannot find a role at the next level. Moreover, she is a joy to coach, as Oregon State’s Scott Rueck is quick to tell anyone who asks.
8. Kitija Laksa, 6′ G, South Florida
Had Laksa not torn her ACL three games into the 2018-19 season, she had a chance to be a first round pick in the 2019 draft. She might have been picked anyway, had she chosen to enter. The carrying took for Laksa is a plus-plus shot, range from long beyond the arc, and a 96.2 percent mark from the free throw line that suggest Elena Delle Donne might have some competition for free throw percentage titles once Laksa gets to the WNBA. There’s not a lot beyond her shot that’s projectable right away — the rebounding is limited, she doesn’t pass much, though she is excellent at avoiding turnovers. It’s unknown yet whether Laksa will turn pro ahead of next year’s draft, as Diamond DeShields did, or return for one more year of eligibility at USF, but either way, she’ll be a sought-after commodity next April.