UCLA’s Michaela Onyenwere lands in the top 10 of this WNBA mock draft

Michaela Onyenwere could become the first player raised in Colorado to be drafted in the first round of the WNBA draft.

The senior forward from UCLA — who was born in Aurora and starred at Grandview High School — is projected to be selected by the Dallas Wings with the No. 7 overall pick in ESPN’s Mechelle Voepel’s latest mock draft.

“Considering the talent they already have, it’s uncertain the Wings can fit all their first-round picks on the 2021 roster. But if Onyenwere is still available, it would be hard to bypass her athleticism and potential,” ESPN’s Mechelle Voepel writes. “The questions are whether she’s going to be able to make the transition to being more guard-oriented in the WNBA and whether her 3-point shot can get better. So-called ‘tweeners’ sometimes take longer to find the right path in the league, and some never do find it. Onyenwere is averaging 17.4 points and 8.1 rebounds for the Bruins.”

The 6-foot Onyenwere was named a preseason All-American by The Associated Press. In 18 games this year, she is averaging 18.2 points (third in the Pac-12), 8.0 rebounds (third) and 2.3 assists, helping the No. 10 Bruins to a 16-5 record.

Kylee Shook, who starred at Mesa Ridge High School, was one pick off when she was made the first selection (13th overall) in the second round by New York last year. There have been 10 former Colorado prep players who have been drafted into the WNBA, according to CHSAANow.com.

Colorado Buffaloes senior power forward Mya Hollingshed was projected to go in the second round with the 19th overall pick to the Indiana Fever. Voepel has Texas center Charli Collier going to the Wings with the No. 1 overall pick.

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