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Megan Walker: 6’1, F, University of Connecticut
College Stats in 2019-20:
32 games, 33.9 MPG, 19.7 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 2.9 APG, 1.5 SPG, 0.5 BPG, 47.7 FG%, 45.1 3P%, 82.1 FT%
Where she’ll go:
Walker is a mid-level, first-round draft pick who probably won’t crack into the top five selections.
Megan Walker was one of the first draft-eligible juniors to declare for the 2020 WNBA draft despite this year’s college basketball season being cut short due to coronavirus precautions, and WNBA teams are glad she’ll be up for grabs in the coming weeks.
Walker returned as one of the Husky’s two upperclassmen starters along with point guard Crystal Dangerfield at the start of the 2019-20 season. The Huskies finished their shortened season with a 29-3 record, which tied UConn’s 2018-19 35-3 record for most program losses since the 2012-13 season, but Walker was a main reason the Huskies remained relevant during what would have been a rebuilding season for most programs.
According to the Hartford Courant, UConn head coach Geno Auriemma responded to Walker’s announcement that she’d be entering the draft by describing her career transformation.
“Megan went from last year being an option to becoming the option, to becoming the go-to person,” Auriemma said.
As a sophomore, Walker averaged 12.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game and shot 45.8% from the field. Without 2018-19 leading scorers Napheesa Collier and Katie Lou Samuelson around this past season, Walker took on the demands of her team and agreed to become the Huskies’ next-in-line leader.
Walker averaged a team-high 19.7 points per game and was three rebounds shy of tying Olivia Nelson-Ododa’s team-best 272 total rebounds. She led the Huskies in total field goal attempts (497) and surpassed all of her teammates by at least 103 FGAs but still held the fourth-best field goal percentage on the team.
Walker went on to become the season’s AAC player of the year after leading the Huskies to a 16-0 conference record, but it was still somewhat surprising that she entered the draft as a junior instead of returning to UConn.
That shock isn’t spurred by a doubt that Walker is WNBA-ready. Rather, some may just wonder what another year of guidance under one of the best basketball coaches of all time could do for her game.
As she enters the draft, Walker boasts a tremendous 3-point percentage, leadership skills, a UConn work ethic and a desire to prove skeptics wrong. Will that be enough to prove her worth in the WNBA? Walker believes so.