Dallas Wings ranked Texas No. 1
Collier is the first Longhorns player to be the best choice in the WNBA and the second in the Big 12, following Baylor center Brittney Griner in 2013.
The wings took another player on the post, Avak Kuyer of Finland, number 2. Quier, 6 feet and 5, is the sixth international player not to play collegially to be in the top five of the WNBA Draft.
For the second consecutive season, the three-round project is virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. WNBA commissioner Katie Engelbert, who announced the election from her home last season, was in an ESPN studio this year.
The 6-foot 5 Collier averaged 19 points and 11.3 rebounds per game, while shooting 51.1% of the field for the 21-10 Longhorns, who are ranked in the NCAA Elite Eight. Collier is a junior who is in charge of a project because she turns 22 this calendar year.
She will play for a professional team in her native Texas; she is from Mont Belvier in most of Houston.
“My heart is racing right now because I’ve worked so hard for it,” Collier told ESPN’s Holly Rowe. “It’s a game I love, I deserve to be here and I’m made for it. This is my moment.”
Collier is the third true teenager to be No. 1 after Notre Dame guards Jewel Lloyd in 2015 and Jackie Young in 2019. Candice Parker of Tennessee was junior when she was No. 1 in 2008, but she was in school four. years after she wore what would be her first season in 2004-05.
The 19-year-old Quer plays professionally for the Italian Ragusa, where in the middle of the season she scored 8.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. She turns 20 only in August. Kuyer was born in Cairo after her parents fled war-torn South Sudan. When she was 2 years old, her family immigrated to Finland.
Dallas went 8-14 and missed the playoffs in ninth place in the condensed season last year in Bradenton, Florida. Like other WNBA teams, the Wings will return to their home market this season, playing at the College Park Center in Arlington, Texas.
Vicki Johnson is in his first season as a Wings coach; he previously coached San Antonio and played 13 seasons in the WNBA.
In Collier and Kuier, Johnson and the Wings get two players with large size and ability to score points and rebounds. Wings have three choices in the first round and four in the top 13, while the Los Angeles Sparks have two in the first round and five in total.
Atlanta Dream took NCAA star Aari MacDonald as number 3. The guard led Arizona to the national championship and became the first Wildcat player to take part in the first round of the WNBA Draft.