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Smith, Egbo, and Lewis Selected in 2022 WNBA Draft from Baylor WBB

April 11, 2022

NEW YORK CITY – For the second time in program history, Baylor had three players selected in the WNBA Draft as NaLyssa Smith, Queen Egbo and Jordan Lewis each had their name called at Monday night’s draft in New York City.

Smith was picked second overall by the Indiana Fever. She became the 10th first-round pick in Baylor history and the third top-two pick in program history alongside Brittney Griner (1st in 2013 to the Phoenix Mercury) and Odyssey Sims (2nd in 2014 to the Tulsa Shock).

Not long after, Egbo was also selected by the Fever as the 10th overall pick, marking Baylor’s 11th first-round selection in program history.

Smith and Egbo – a duo feared in the frontcourt the past few years – became the first duo to be picked in the top-10 in program history and the second pair to be selected in the first round in BU history after Sheila Lambert (7th by the Charlotte Sting) and Danielle Crockrom (11th by the Utah Starzz) did so in 2002.

Lewis was selected by the Connecticut Sun in the second round with the 24th overall pick. She became the fourth-straight graduate transfer to come to Baylor and then get drafted, joining Chloe Jackson (15th pick by the Chicago Sky in 2019), Te’a Cooper (18th pick by the Phoenix Mercury in 2020) and DiJonai Carrington (20th pick by the Connecticut Sun in 2021).

Thursday marked the second time in program history that three Bears were drafted as Baylor tied UConn with the most picks in the 2022 WNBA Draft. It was also the seventh-straight year that a Baylor player was selected. Overall, Baylor now has 24 draft picks with 10 in the last four years.

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Year    Name                              Team                                    Rd           Pk    
2002    Sheila Lambert             Charlotte Sting                      1             7
2002    Danielle Crockrom       Utah Starzz                            1             11
2005    Steffanie Blackmon      Seattle Storm                        3             38
2006    Sophia Young                San Antonio Silver Stars      1             4
2007    Bernice Mosby              Washington Mystics             1             6
2008    Angela Tisdale               Chicago Sky                           3             33     
2009    Jessica Morrow              Atlanta Dream                      3             27     
2013    Brittney Griner              Phoenix Mercury                  1             1
2013    Brooklyn Pope              Chicago Sky                            3             28
2014    Odyssey Sims                Tulsa Shock                            1             2
2016    Niya Johnson                 Atlanta Dream                       3             28
2017    Alexis Jones                   Minnesota Lynx                      1             12
2017    Alexis Prince                  Phoenix Mercury                   3             29
2018    Kristy Wallace                Atlanta Dream                       2             16
2019    Kalani Brown                 Los Angeles Sparks                1             7
2019    Chloe Jackson                Chicago Sky                            2             15
2020    Lauren Cox                     Indiana Fever                         1             3
2020    Te’a Cooper                   Phoenix Mercury                    2             18
2020   Juicy Landrum                Connecticut Sun                     3             35
2021    DiDi Richards                New York Liberty                    2             17
2021    DiJonai Carrington       Connecticut Sun                      2             20

2022    NaLyssa Smith            Indiana Fever                         1          2

2022    Queen Egbo                 Indiana Fever                         1          10

2022    Jordan Lewis               Connecticut Sun                    2          24

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