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Rhyne Howard the projected No. 1 pick in the 2022 WNBA Draft

Kentucky Wildcats women’s basketball star Rhyne Howard made the choice to return to Lexington for her final season on the UK Hoops squad.

And with that, she may have just solidified herself as the potential No. 1 pick in next season’s 2022 WNBA Draft.

Lyndsey D’Arcangelo of The Athletic broke down her top-15 for next year’s draft, and Rhyne Howard sat atop the rankings at No. 1.

Howard averaged 207. PPG and added 7.3 RBG en route top her second straight SEC Player of the Year award. She also won SEC Freshman of the Year in 2018-19.