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The Sparks validated their pre-draft trade with their selection of Jasmine Walker

The Sparks came into the 2021 WNBA Draft with a plan to upgrade at the wing spot, even moving up in the first round earlier in the week to make that possible.

They weren’t sure if the No. 7 pick would be high enough to get their preferred selection, but when Indiana broke script at No. 4, multiple premier wings were still available when the Sparks’ first turn came up. L.A. took advantage of that opportunity by selecting Jasmine Walker, a forward out of Alabama. Walker shot 39.8 percent from 3-point range in her senior season and showed steady improvement on her outside shooting throughout her college career.