Caitlin Clark, known for her explosive scoring, is now set to transform the Indiana Fever as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 WNBA Draft. Her enthusiasm, however, centers less on her own scoring prowess and more on the talents of Aliyah Boston, the Fever’s previous top pick, whom Clark regards as one of the world’s premier post players.

“My excitement as a point guard just skyrockets thinking about it,” Clark shared during the draft night at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Industry analysts, alongside Clark herself, agree that her most immediate impact in the pros will be her exceptional passing skills. Boston, speaking to reporters earlier, praised Clark not just for her scoring ability but for her knack for facilitating play, crucial for a team that lagged in assists last season.

With the Fever finishing near the bottom in team assists, Clark’s role is critical as she aims to lift the team into championship contention. “Feeding Aliyah the ball is my main job,” Clark stated. “It’s going to make my job a lot easier.”

The selection was met with jubilation back in Indiana, where Fever players celebrated at a packed Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Veteran guard Erica Wheeler was seen sporting Clark’s new No. 22 jersey, showcasing the high expectations placed on the rookie.

At 22, Clark is eager to learn, particularly from seasoned players like Wheeler. “I’m stepping into something completely new, and that’s exciting,” she admitted.

Indiana is determined to make a playoff push, something it hasn’t achieved since 2016. General Manager Lin Dunn emphasized the importance of this draft in altering the team’s course, highlighting the renewed focus on infrastructure and marketing to bolster the team’s prospects.

Ticket sales for the Fever games have soared, reflecting heightened anticipation for the team’s performance this season. With increased prices and sold-out arenas, rivals are also preparing for high-profile matchups, such as shifting venues to accommodate larger crowds.

Aliyah Boston expressed the collective sentiment of the team, “Having the backing of our city and state, and seeing fans travel to support us, makes everything more rewarding.”

As for Clark, her move to Indiana marks a significant shift, turning former collegiate rivals into supporters. “I’m excited to start my career in a place that truly values women’s basketball,” she concluded.



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