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The Washington Mystics have selected Jaylyn Agnew out of Creighton and Sug Sutton from Texas in the 2020 WNBA draft. Agnew, a knock-down 3-point shooter was selected 24th overall and Sutton, a point guard was the final pick at No. 36.

Agnew comes to DC after four years with the Blue Jays. The 5-11 forward is coming off the best season of her collegiate career where she averaged 20.8 points and earned an AP All-American Honorable Mention and was named Big East Player of the Year. 

As an electric 3-point threat, she was a natural fit for the Mystics to pick in the second round. Throughout her career, over 56% of her total shots came from long distance. Two of her seasons saw her shoot above a 40% clip and was 38.5% across all four years.

"We kept praying as a staff that she would still be there when it came our turn to draft," head coach Mike Thibault said in a post-draft conference call. "She fits the mold of our team. We love 3-point shooters. We love people who can space the floor"

"We were pretty sure what we were doing if she was there [at No. 24]."

During her last season, she set the record for most points in a single game for Creighton by lighting up the scoreboard with 43 points against Georgetown. That was one of four instances where she totaled 30 points or more.

Sutton is a point guard that became an incredible facilitator as her tenure with the Longhorns went on. Her junior year she averaged 5.4 assists while also scoring 12.9 points a game. Her quickness allowed her to fly to the rim at ease but her jump shot needs some better consistency.

"Good point guards are hard to find," Thibault said. "She's got the right demeanor to play in our league. She's got some things to learn but she knows how to push the tempo. She is very unselfish and finds teammates."

At 5-8 she will bring some decent depth to the point, an area of need noted by Mystics head coach Mike Thibault. Perhaps she could be a long-term project for the team.

Those were the only two picks for the Mystics this season. They traded away their No. 12 overall pick in this year’s draft as a part of a package that gave them the 2012 league MVP Tina Charles earlier in the week. 

Typically second and third-round picks have a difficult path to make a WNBA roster. Often rosters are full with only two or three spots available for a draft pick or late free-agent addition. 

“It’s the hardest professional league to make in terms of the percentage of people that play," ESPN analyst Rebecca Lobo told reporters on a conference call. "It is very, very difficult to make a WNBA roster. Even more difficult for a second-round pick or even a third-round pick to make it.”

There are, of course, exceptions to the rule. The Mystics have two of the greatest examples in Natasha Cloud (selected 15th in 2015) and Emma Meesseman (19th in 2013). However, both of those years the organization was in a far different place than they are as defending champions. 

Thibault has been lauded for his development of players as a coach and will have a great opportunity with both Agnew and Sutton. Both players could easily fit into the system and find ways to be productive, even in a limited capacity. 

If either makes the squad, they will have a plethora of talent to compete against for playing time. The Mystics have one of the deepest teams in the league with not enough minutes to go around and it doesn't appear that the Mystics will be too concerned getting her involved.

“We’re in a very luxury spot right now," Thibault said in a pre-draft conference call. "There’s nothing we have to do. None of our draft picks this year, whether we still had our first or not, were going to come in and be a key part of our team necessarily.”

 

Washington has filled the minimum roster allotment already but does have one roster spot still open. While the team is currently over the salary cap, according to Spotrac, there will be the opportunity for a draft pick to earn their way onto the roster at some point in the season. 

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