Azura Stevens– Draft Profile
By Matt Hallett
It is not often a week before a draft that a player will nominate and change the whole profile of the draft. This is what happened when Azura Stevens announced her nomination for the 2018 WNBA draft. Most people expected her to play out her senior year at the University of Connecticut but instead, she chose to go professional.
There is a chance that Stevens may usurp A’ja Wilson, such is her potential. Standing 6’6” Stevens is an inch taller than Wilson. She also has an athleticism which allows her to guard almost every position on the court.
Stevens started her college career with Duke, playing two seasons, before moving to Connecticut. In her one season at arguably the best college programs in the country Stevens averaged 14.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.0 blocks per game.
While these numbers are respectable, Stevens is going to be picked based on her potential. Bill Laimbeer, head coach of the Las Vegas Aces, has been understood to draft A’ja Wilson. This was said before Stevens nominated but nothing appears to have changed out of the desert.
This means that the Indiana Fever should have a chance of drafting this incredible talent. They are going to have to make a decision between if they select high scoring point guard Kelsey Mitchell or Stevens.
The Fever need both the center and point guard positions to be covered in this draft. After the trade which sent Briann January to the Phoenix Mercury for the eighth pick, they pretty much announced they were going to pick a point guard.
Now that Stevens is available, the Fever will surely take her with the second pick. This means the Fever will bank on one of any of the top-tier point guards being available when they select again with the eighth pick.
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