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Atlanta Dream select Kentucky's Rhyne Howard with top pick in WNBA draft; Indiana Fever take Baylor's NaLyssa Smith at No. 2

The Atlanta Dream selected Kentucky guard Rhyne Howard with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 WNBA draft on Monday night in New York.

The Washington Mystics won the draft lottery in December, but traded the top pick to Atlanta last week, as the Dream moved up from No. 3 to guarantee they got Howard.

The 6-foot-2 Howard, the SEC's player of the year as a sophomore and a junior, averaged 20.5 points and 7.4 rebounds during her senior season, leading the Wildcats in points, rebounds, 3-pointers, steals and blocks. The only other SEC player to do that over the past 20 seasons was Mississippi State's Tan White (2003-04 & 2004-05).