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2021 WNBA draft guide: Cowgirls likely to be represented in WNBA Draft

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Oklahoma State forward Natasha Mack, right, shoots over Baylor center Queen Egbo, left, in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in Waco, Texas. (Rod Aydelotte/Waco Tribune Herald, via AP)

The WNBA Draft is right around the corner, and Oklahoma State should be highlighted. Here’s all you need to know about the event.

When is the 2021 WNBA Draft?

The draft will be held Thursday, April 15. Coverage will begin on ESPN at 6 p.m. central time. Unlike in previous years, many aspects of the draft will be conducted virtually.

Will anyone from Oklahoma State be selected?

Yes, OSU forward Natsaha Mack will, in all likelihood, be a first-round draft pick, and has an excellent chance to be the highest player drafted in Cowgirl basketball history. The Athletic projects Mack as the fifth selection, CBS Sports has her going ninth and ESPN has her as 12th pick.

Past Cowgirl WNBA Draft picks:

The Cowgirls have had 5 players in program history selected in the WNBA draft, and none since 2018.

Andrea Riley: Eighth overall to the Los Angeles Sparks in 2010.

Toni Young: Seventh overall to the New York Liberty in 2013.

Tiffany Bias: 17th to the Phoenix Mercury in 2014.

Brittany Martin: 25th overall to the San Antonio Stars in 2016.

Loryn Goodwin: 18th to the Dallas Wings in 2018.

Familiar opponents likely will be selected.

The consensus No. 1 overall pick is Texas Longhorns center Charli Collier. OSU faced Texas twice in the regular season and split the series. In the first matchup, OSU held Collier to 10 points on 5-20 shooting, but in the second game, Collier went for 28 points and 19 rebounds.

Another Big 12 player potentially selected in the first round is Baylor’s DiJonai Carrington. Carrington didn’t play in the first game against OSU and was held to 12 points in the second matchup.

A player the Cowgirls struggled to contain was Alabama’s Jasmine Walker. Walker is another player projected to be selected in the first round and she showed every reason why in her 24-point masterpiece in Gallagher-Iba Arena when she converted 6-11 3-pointers.