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WNBA draft: UCLA's Michaela Onyenwere bound for New York; Sparks stockpile talent


As the Bruins’ fourth-leading scorer all-time introduced herself to an ESPN audience, her grandmother, clothed in bright colors, danced behind her, the celebration at the Onyenwere household in full effect.


In perhaps the biggest surprise of the evening, the Sparks also wound up with Rutgers star Arella Guirantes, whom they selected 22nd overall – much later than predicted by analysts who expected the 5-foot-11 guard would be taken as high as third overall.


Expecting Walker – who averaged 19.1 points and 9.4 rebounds per game while shooting 39.8% from 3-point range in college – would be a first-round selection, Fisher said the Sparks wanted to be aggressive in their pursuit.


7 was, fingers crossed, that she would still be there,” said Fisher, who then defied expectations by picking Watts, who wasn’t on anyone’s first-round radar but whose size and skill the Sparks coveted.


Add Guirantes and Fisher said he felt as though the Sparks got three first-round-caliber talents ahead of training camp, which starts in just 10 days – before which he’ll have difficult decisions about who even to invite.


34, Fisher selected Ivana Raca, a 6-2 forward from Wake Forest and Aina Ayuso, a 5-9 guard from Barcelona, Spain, who played one season at Oregon.






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