2019 WNBA Draft Re-Rank: Twitter Edition

The 2019 WNBA Draft is in the books! While these athletes were ranked by WNBA Front Offices on their basketball talents, we at Her Hoop Stats thought it would be fun to rank them by another standard: Twitter followers! Below is our ranking of all selections based on the number of followers they have on Twitter as of Draft Night:

  1. Arike Ogunbowale | @Arike_O | 27,000 followers | Round 1, Pick 5
  2. Sophie Cunningham| @sophaller | 16,500 followers | Round 2, Pick 1
  3. Katie Lou Samuelson |@33katielou | 15,700 followers | Round 1, Pick 4
  4. Teaira McCowan | @Teaira_15| 10,800 followers | Round 1, Pick 3
  5. Megan Gustafson | @GustafsonMeg10 | 9,135 followers | Round 2, Pick 5
  6. Asia Durr | @A_Hooper25 | 8,331 followers | Round 1, Pick 2
  7. Marina Mabrey | @mmabrey1 | 8,264 followers | Round 2, Pick 7
  8. Anriel Howard | @lashe5_ | 8,139 followers | Round 2, Pick 12
  9. Napheesa Collier | @PHEEsespieces |5,912 followers | Round 1, Pick 6
  10. Angela Salvadores | @ANSalvadores | 5,771 followers| Round 3, Pick 7
  11. Brianna Turner | @_Breezy_Briii| 5,362 followers | Round 1, Pick 11
  12. Jackie Young | @JackieYoung3 | 5,268 followers | Round 1, Pick 1
  13. Chloe Jackson | @Clj_0 | 4,843 followers | Round 2, Pick 3
  14. Maite Cazorla | @maitecazorla5 | 4,037 followers | Round 2, Pick 11
  15. Bridget Carleton | @bridgecarleton | 3,254 followers | Round 2, Pick 9
  16. Jessica Shepard | @JShepard32 | 3,243 followers | Round 2, Pick 4
  17. Kalani Brown | @kalanibrown21 | 3,195 followers | Round 1, Pick 7
  18. Sam Fuehring | @SamFuehring| 3,079 followers | Round 3, Pick 10
  19. Kristine Anigwe | @KristineAnigwe | 2,800 followers | Round 1, Pick 9
  20. Paris Kea | @TheReal_41 | 2,261 followers | Round 3, Pick 1
  21. Macy Miller | @miller503313 | 2,248 followers | Round 3, Pick 12
  22. Natisha Hiedeman | @NatishaHeideman | 1,940 followers | Round 2, Pick 6
  23. Cierra Dillard | @CDillard24 | 1,579 followers | Round 2, Pick 8
  24. Kiara Leslie | @kiaraleslie30 | 1,076 followers | Round 1, Pick 10
  25. Kenisha Bell | @keke_nike23 | 583 followers | Round 3, Pick 6
  26. Morgan Bertsch | @MoBertsch | 49 followers | Round 3, Pick 5
  27. Caliya Robinson | @CaliyaRobinson4 | 422 followers | Round 3, Pick 4
  28. Ezi Magbegor | @EziMagbegor | 187 followers | Round 1, Pick 12
  29. Megan Huff | @yunghuffdiggity | 66 followers | Round 3, Pick 2

The remainder of the draft class did not have a Twitter accounts as of Draft Night:

Interesting notes about these rankings:

  • Arike Ogunbowale shot to the number one spot with a rocket strapped to her back. Her 27,000 followers are 9,500 more than Sophie Cunningham at number two.
  • Angela Salvadores is the only third rounder to make the top 10.
  • Alanna Smith is the only first round pick without a Twitter account.*
  • First round pick, Ezi Magbegor, has only 187 followers. This needs to change. Hit those follow buttons!

*Update: Alanna Smith has created a Twitter account! @AlannaSmith96 - go follow her!

While some players don’t tweet during the college basketball season, possibly due to their programs’ social media policies, it will be fun to hear from this talented group of rookies now that they’re part of the W and can let their personalities shine through a bit more.

Correction: Follower count for Brianna Turner was inaccurate and has been corrected.


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