Maite Cazorla is officially a professional basketball player! The Duck point guard was selected as the 23rd overall pick by the Atlanta Dream in the WNBA draft. Finishing her Oregon career averaging 9.7 points, 4.3 assists, 49.6% from the field and and 41.2% from three-point range, Cazorla is one of the main reasons why the Oregon Women’s Basketball team have transformed into the Final Four team they are today
Thank you for all the memories, now go show the WNBA what it means to be a Duck!
“She’s a point guard that can really play off the high ball screen or any ball screen. ... She’s obviously someone that understands the reads; the two-man read, the three-man read, and is good as anybody in those situations. On the other side, the kid can really defend. Last year we were first in the league defensively and we want to add players that are going to add offensively to what we do and increase in that area but we want to stay with our base of being really solid defensively. She really meets both needs for us.”
-Atlanta Dream coach Nicki Collen,
Cazorla is the eighth Duck to be drafted in the WNBA and the first since 2016 when Jillian Alleyne was taken 20th overall.
GO DUCKS and GO MAITE!
In Men’s Basketball news, three more Ducks have decided to test the waters of the NBA draft.
Infamous one-and-done Bol Bol has already signed with an agent and was always expected to go on to the pros after his freshman year.
Now, junior Payton Pritchard, sophomore Kenny Wooten, and freshman Louis King have entered the draft, as well. The Ducks will have until June 10th to decide whether they want to return to college ball or not.
After making a surprise run to the Sweet Sixteen, this team could once again be a favorite in the Conference of Champions should the majority of these starters return, especially Pritchard who has become a leader as of late. However, if all three were to leave, then it’s back to the drawing board for Dana Altman!