9. Connecticut Sun select Kitija Laksa, 6′ G/F, South Florida
The decision to leave South Florida and go play overseas shouldn’t have an impact on Kitija Laksa’s draft status, considering how much of her WNBA teams have already seen, and even the transition Diamond DeShields made to the league after doing the same thing in 2018. The carrying tool 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 suggests 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. And as discussed above, getting Curt Miller more roster flexibility on a rookie contract is vital in 2020, and Laksa as a Shekinna Stricklen stand-in is a clear way to do it.