The WNBA Draft is set to begin on Monday night and Caitlin Clark is stealing headlines. Clark, who captivated the college basketball world with her elite three-point shooting ability, is expected to be selected first overall by the Indiana Fever in the draft. The former Iowa women's basketball superstar shared a powerful message before the draft, per NCAA March Madness, quote via ClutchPoints.

“I think if my younger self saw the place I'm at right now, would be pretty amazed,” Clark said. “I don't think this is ever something you can fully dream and comprehend. When I was a young girl, I wrote down that I wanted a basketball scholarship, I wanted to be in the WNBA. Being where I am now, I would tell my younger self, like, you worked hard for this moment. You earned this moment. It was never given to you.

“I think that's the same advice I would give to young girls, too. Dream big, don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t. But you got to go out there and earn it.”

Caitlin Clark has certainly earned the attention she is receiving. And now, she is about to begin her professional basketball career.

Caitlin Clark's college basketball legacy shines ahead of WNBA Draft

A Nike advertisement featuring Caitlin Clark making a 3-point basket is shown on a building in downtown Iowa City.
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Clark has helped to grow women's basketball. Fans who did not watch the sport at all are tuning in now because of Clark. And one has to imagine that will carry into the WNBA.

Iowa women's basketball has received plenty of attention over the past couple of years. Clark, meanwhile, has emerged as not just a great basketball player, but a true celebrity. She became one of the most famous college athletes of all-time.

Of course, Clark was not the only player responsible for helping to grow women's college basketball. Stars such as Angel Reese, Paige Bueckers, Kamilla Cardoso, Cameron Brink, and Rickea Jackson all played pivotal roles in increasing interest in the sport.

The 2024 WNBA Draft Class is among the best ever. The only player not entering the draft who we mentioned is Bueckers, who will remain in college for another season. Regardless, this year's draft class is special to say the least.

The Indiana Fever have the No. 1 pick in the draft. Barring a massive draft day trade, the expectation is that Indiana will select Caitlin Clark first overall.

When is the WNBA Draft?

The WNBA Draft is scheduled for Monday, April 15. It will begin at 7:30 PM EST. Coverage of the event will begin at 7 PM EST. Fans can watch the draft on ESPN and ESPN+.

It projects to be an exciting event as the Fever prepare to make the No. 1 overall selection in the 2024 WNBA Draft. It goes without saying, but all of the attention will be on Caitlin Clark in that moment.