Texas A&M star guard, Chennedy Carter has announced that she will forgo her senior year and enter the 2020 WNBA draft thus immediately adding depth to a great potential draft class coming into the league.
— H O L L Y W O O D (@ChennedyCarter) March 29, 2020
“It saddens me that I was not able to chase a national championship with my teammates this year due to circumstances beyond our control. Although a difficult decision, I am looking forward to pursuing my childhood dream of playing in the WNBA.”
Chennedy Carter has been one of my favorite players for a couple seasons now so I will pretend to be unbiased here when I say that the New York Liberty should 1000% consider selecting her with the No. 1 overall draft pick.
ESPN currently has Carter going No. 4 to the Atlanta Dream and it’s all but guaranteed that Oregon star, Sabrina Ionescu, will go No. 1 as she is the first player in college basketball history to record 2,000 points, 1,000 assists and 1,000 rebounds in their career. Men or women. No one has reached that milestone but Sabrina.
But what if I told you that triple-doubles don’t matter at all? *gets booed off NBA Reddit*
Before we get into why Chennedy Carter is the GOAT, let’s quickly point out her limitations. She stands at only 5-foot-7 and has a history with injuries including missing seven games this season with an ankle injury.
Her body could potentially break down over the course of a WNBA regular season schedule but penalizing a player for injuries that may occur in the future is how weak GMs end up making ‘safe’ picks and losing their jobs.
Chennedy averaged 21.3 points with 3.5 assists this season and dropped 37 on Tennesee’s dome after coming back from that ankle injury.
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) February 16, 2020
She can shoot off the dribble. She can catch and shoot on the perimeter. She can drive to the basket and finish at the rim. Offensively, she is an automatic bucket. Her 1,983 career points at Texas A&M are six points short of the school record which she would have obliterated if Coronavirus didn’t take sports away from us.
There are some critics of her game that say she can quit when she’s not getting calls from the ref which might be true but it’s 2020. That’s true of literally every star player. She is not unique for believing that the only way defenders can stop her is by fouling and feeling as if the refs aren’t protecting her.
She’s also a gamer that scored 35 points in A&M’s sweet 16 loss to Notre Dame last season.
— NCAA Women’s Basketball (@ncaawbb) March 30, 2019
Yes, Sabrina Ionescu, Lauren Cox and Satou Sabally appear like better prospects on paper but I promise you, teams will regret passing on Chennedy Carter.
Dear New York Liberty, don’t fuck this up.