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For the primary time since 2019, the WNBA invited the highest 12 prospects to a stay WNBA Draft present in New York Metropolis. Many mock drafts had Stanford guard Lexie Hull projected to go within the second spherical. So when the Indiana Fever chosen the 2021 NCAA Champion sixth total, she wasn’t within the constructing.
Hull hoped she’d land in Indiana after having productive pre-Draft conversations with the group, who had been searching for somebody with competitiveness, somebody who works laborious each possession and somebody who “hates to lose,” she discovered.
“My total time at Stanford, these had been the issues I beloved to do,” Hull stated to the media on Could 15.
She completed her school profession as a three-time Pac-12 champion and a two-time Pac-12 All-Defensive group member. Though Hull believed the Fever can be match, she had no concept she’d be their sixth decide.
“I used to be simply shocked and completely happy to have the ability to spend [the WNBA Draft] with my household,” Hull says. “It was an incredible second I’ll keep in mind perpetually.”
After months of WNBA expertise, Hull is leaning on fellow rookies to make the very best of her first skilled season.
“Having 5 rookies on the group, I positively like it as a result of we’re rising and we’re going by this course of collectively,” Hull says. Among the many 5 rookies are first-round picks Emily Engstler and NaLyssa Smith.
As of press time, Hull has appeared in 9 video games for the Fever and averaged 7.6 minutes and fewer than 2 factors per sport. It’s a totally different function than at Stanford however she is aware of that’s a part of the method. “Each group you’re on, your function is totally different. I’m simply attempting to study as a lot [as I can] alongside the best way,” Hull says. “I believe that’s one thing that every one the rookies listed here are actually enthusiastic about, simply the expansion we’ll be capable of have and the influence on the sport will come.”
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