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For the primary time since 2019, the WNBA invited the highest 12 prospects to a dwell WNBA Draft present in New York Metropolis. Many mock drafts had Stanford guard Lexie Hull projected to go within the second spherical. So when the Indiana Fever chosen the 2021 NCAA Champion sixth general, she wasn’t within the constructing.
Hull hoped she’d land in Indiana after having productive pre-Draft conversations with the crew, who had been on the lookout for somebody with competitiveness, somebody who works laborious each possession and somebody who “hates to lose,” she discovered.
“My complete time at Stanford, these had been the issues I beloved to do,” Hull stated to the media on Could 15.
She completed her school profession as a three-time Pac-12 champion and a two-time Pac-12 All-Defensive crew member. Though Hull believed the Fever could be match, she had no concept she’d be their sixth choose.
“I used to be simply shocked and blissful to have the ability to spend [the WNBA Draft] with my household,” Hull says. “It was an awesome second I’ll bear in mind ceaselessly.”
After months of WNBA expertise, Hull is leaning on fellow rookies to make one of the best of her first skilled season.
“Having 5 rookies on the crew, I undoubtedly adore it as a result of we’re rising and we’re going via this course of collectively,” Hull says. Among the many 5 rookies are first-round picks Emily Engstler and NaLyssa Smith.
As of press time, Hull has appeared in 9 video games for the Fever and averaged 7.6 minutes and fewer than 2 factors per sport. It’s a completely different position than at Stanford however she is aware of that’s a part of the method. “Each crew you’re on, your position is completely different. I’m simply attempting to be taught as a lot [as I can] alongside the way in which,” Hull says. “I feel that’s one thing that every one the rookies listed below are actually enthusiastic about, simply the expansion we’ll have the ability to have and the influence on the sport will come.”
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