Villa Maria graduate Kayla McBride once again is a key player for the Notre Dame women’s basketball team as she approaches the midway point of her senior season.
As McBride’s college career begins to wind down, the WNBA figures to loom largely in her future. People who track the WNBA are taking notice.
McBride, a 5-foot 11-inch guard, is second on the team with an average of 16.1 points per game. She also ranks among the team leaders in rebounding (5.6 per game) and assists (3.5 per game) while helping the No. 2 Fighting Irish move to 15-0 overall and 3-0 in their first season in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
She recently was one of six college players named to Team USA’s 33-player pool for 2014-16.
Three websites that cover the WNBA have pointed out McBride’s chances of not only being drafted but being selected with a first-round pick in the April draft.
In a post in October, Bleacher Report predicted that the Seattle Storm would draft McBride sixth overall (out of 12 teams), saying she is a “versatile and effective wing player and displays the athleticism and leadership qualities every coach covets.”
In December, SwishAppeal.com listed McBride as one of five guards to watch leading up to the WNBA Draft.
Draftsite.com predicted in its mock draft that McBride will be picked seventh overall by the Atlanta Dream.
McBride and the Irish visit Pitt (9-8, 1-2) Thursday at 7 p.m. in an ACC matchup.
– Jeff Kirik, sports editor