WVU’s Gondrezick Hopeful To Be Picked In WNBA Draft

West Virginia guard Kysre Gondrezick

Kysre Gondrezick hopes to be the 10th Mountaineer women’s basketball player picked by the WNBA when the league’s 12 teams hold their 2021 draft on Thursday, April 15.

A 5-foot-9 guard from Benton Harbor, Michigan, Gondrezick scored 1,011 career points in her three seasons at WVU. She spent her freshman season at the University of Michigan before transferring to West Virginia in 2018.

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This past season she helped the Mountaineers to a 22-7 record by averaging 19.5 points per game, which is the seventh best mark in WVU history. Though she played only 59 games in her West Virginia career, which are about half as many as others on the list, her 128 3-point baskets are the 14th most in program history.

Gondrezick was a unanimous vote to the Big 12’s first-team this past season and also earned honorable mention All-America notice from the Associated Press.

WVU’s previous nine WNBA draft selections include: Tynice Martin (2020, third round, 29 pick by the L.A. Sparks), Teana Muldrow (2018, third round, 29th pick by the Seattle Storm), Lanay Montgomery (2017, third round, 30th pick by the Seattle Storm), Bria Holmes (2016, first round, 11th pick by the Atlanta Dream), Asya Bussie (2014, second round, 14th pick by the Minnesota Lynx), Yinka Sanni (second round, 18th pick by the Detroit Shock), Meg Bulger (2007, third round, 36th pick by the Sacramento Monarchs), Yolanda Paige (second round, 16th pick by the Indiana Fever) and Kate Bulger (2004, third round, 38th pick by the Minnesota Lynx).

West Virginia guard Kysre Gondrezick (2, right) gets a shot away over Baylor’s DiDi Richards (2, left)

Holmes is the only former Mountaineer currently on a WNBA roster. After two years with Atlanta and three with Connecticut, she signed this offseason with the Los Angeles Sparks.

Gondrezick isn’t the only Big 12 player hoping to hear her name called in the WNBA Draft Thursday night. In the ESPN.com mock draft, Texas center Charli Collier is projected as the No. 1 overall pick, with Oklahoma State forward Natasha Mack also rated as a first-round selection, going No. 10 overall. A pair of Baylor guards, DiJoani Cunningham and DiDi Richards, are both listed as likely second-round picks, going No. 14 and No. 23 overall respectively. ESPN.com’s mock draft has Gondrezick going at the top of the third round at No. 25 overall in a slot currently held by the New York Liberty. Texas Tech forward Vivian Gray is projected to go a few picks later at No. 28.

The WNBA will start its season on Friday, May 14. Its 12 teams will each play 32 regular-season games. The regular season, which will include a break from July 15 through Aug. 11 for the Tokyo Summer Olympics, is slated to conclude Sept. 19 and will be followed by the playoffs.