The 2020 WNBA Draft went underway on Friday night. The Washington Mystics didn’t pick anyone in the first round, but they still had two picks in the second and third round.
Washington selected forward Jaylyn Agnew out of Creighton University with the 24th overall pick. They then selected Alecia “Sug” Sutton out of University of Texas with the 36th overall pick in the third round.
Mystics head coach and general manager Mike Thibault spoke highly of Agnew who played four years at Creighton averaging 15.3 points per game.
“Jaylyn fits our mold of finding wing shooters who can really shoot the three,” Thibault said. “She is a good passer and knows how to play off the ball. She was the Big East Player of the year.”
With the Mystics solidifying their front court in the offseason acquiring Tina Charles and re-signing Elena Delle Donne and Emma Meesseman, the focus is on their backcourt and making sure the team remains intact when it comes to the transition from starters to reserves during the season. And let’s be honest the point guard position could possibly still be up for grabs either by a veteran or a new and up and coming rookie.
Sutton comes to Washington where she is familiar with Ariel Atkins. Sutton and Atkins played together in Atkins’ final two seasons and Sutton’s first two seasons as Longhorns.
The Longhorn came out of Texas averaging a team-high 4.1 assists per game ranking fourth in the Big 12 her senior year. One of the key reasons Sutton was drafted, according to Thibault, was to compete with the veteran guards.
“We felt that we wanted to see a good point guard come into our camp and compete with our veterans for a spot,” he said. “Sug pushes the tempo and knows how to distribute the ball.”