Indiana Fever Selects Caitlin Clark No. 1 in 2024 WNBA Draft

Iowa Hawkeyes guard Caitlin Clark in November 2023
Iowa Hawkeyes guard Caitlin Clark in November 2023. Photo by Scott Kinser/CSM/Shutterstock (14202226l)

The Indiana Fever did what everyone has been predicting for months and selected Iowa State star Caitlin Clark with their first overall pick in the 2024 WNBA Draft. Stanford’s Cameron Brink went second overall to the Los Angeles Sparks.

Clark will join Fever after an outstanding run with Iowa that saw her break a number of records, including becoming college basketball’s all-time leading scorer.

“I got a little anxious there before the pick,” Clark told ESPN’s Holly Rowe after the pick was made official. “I’ve been dreaming of this moment since I was in second grade … more than anything, trying to soak it in.”

Caitlin Clark finished the 2023-24 NCAA season, averaging 31.6 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 8.9 assists per game. She also led Iowa to the NCAA championship game for the second straight year but once again failed to win the title as the Hawkeyes fell to South Carolina.

Clark is credited for contributing to the popularity of women’s college basketball and was a big reason why the NCAA finals drew 24 million viewers to become the most-watched basketball game in five years. She is expected to have a similar effect in the WNBA, with the league already looking to maximize this by giving Fever 36 national games.