The Washington Mystics had three picks in the 2015 WNBA Draft after finishing last season at 16-18 with a first round playoff exit courtesy of the Indiana Fever. The Mystics have gone some changes in the last two seasons, going from a veteran laden team to a more of a youth movement.
With the eight overall pick in the draft, Washington selected Ally Malott of Dayton University. The 6’4 forward averaged 15.5 points and 7.8 rebounds this season, leading Dayton to the Elite Eight in this year’s NCAA tournament. She has a skill set that can definitely help the Mystics in the front court, her ability to knock down shots from deep will help space the floor for any lineup she’s on the floor with. Washington certainly needed help in that department last season, while she’s the epitome of a stretch four, it’ll be interesting to see if she can play the three (small forward) at all. Malott shot 41% from beyond the arc this season at Dayton, that ability should help her carve out minutes early this season. Her addition also gives Washington an opportunity to go super big if she’s able to be on the floor with Emma Meesseman, Stefanie Dolson, or Kia Vaughn.
The Mystics addressed the back court with their second round pick, selecting Natasha Cloud from St. Joes. The six foot guard has something in common with her new teammate in Malot, she’s extremely versatile. Cloud can and has played all three perimeter positions in her collegiate career, that versatility will be welcome with the departure of veteran small forward Monique Currie. Her defensive ability will certainly go a long way to getting her minutes during her rookie campaign, she was the Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year as a Junior and she made All Conference First team and the All Defensive team this season.
In the third and final round, Washington selected Marica Gajic out of Bosnia. She’s listed between 6’1 and 6’3 depending on which league she played in, but Washington selected another versatile player with their third and final pick. In the 2014 European Under 20 Division B, Gajic averaged 20.2 points and 14.4 rebounds. In the Slovenian league, she averaged 18 points and 12 rebounds, including shooting 50% from deep. She’s another forward that’s more of a stretch four, deadly in the pick and pop game. She will definitely need to add strength to play in the WNBA, but she comes over with a good skill set.