SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame women’s basketball junior guard Jewell Loyd announced Wednesday evening that she will forego her senior season with the Fighting Irish and place her name under consideration for the 2015 WNBA Draft.
Loyd is eligible to enter this year’s draft due to a league provision that allows players to submit their names for consideration in a given draft if the player’s 22nd birthday occurs within the calendar year of the same season (Loyd will turn 22 on Oct. 5). A player must make such a declaration at least 10 days prior to the draft or 24 hours after her last game if she is still playing 10 days prior to the draft, as was the case with Loyd.
Loyd is projected to be among the top three selections in this year’s draft, and if she is chosen that high, it would make Notre Dame the first school in the 19-year history of the WNBA college draft to produce lottery (top four) picks in four consecutive years.
“I am incredibly grateful for my experience at Notre Dame and the support I have received from coach Muffet McGraw, our staff, my teammates and the entire ND community,” Loyd said in a statement to the Associated Press. “I have grown as a woman and as a basketball player and I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to be a part of such an inspiring community.”
In 2014-15, Loyd became the fifth consensus first-team All-American selection in Fighting Irish women’s basketball history. She garnered first-team All-American honors this season from the Associated Press (unanimous selection).