Los Angeles Sparks snatch National Champion Kalani Brown of Baylor

Los Angeles Sparks at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Ca (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)
Marina Mabrey of Notre Dame guard NCAA Womenโ€™s Regional Championship Game (Photo by Carl Jones II / fi360 News)

Los Angeles, CA – The Derek Fisher era kicks off with Kalani Brown standing 6’7 tall from Baylor. Brown was the 7th pick overall in WNBA Draft 2019 for the LA Sparks.

They will use Brown’s height to overpower and slow down the game working in the low post alongside current players.

Brown just won a National Championship last week and now drafted to the Los Angeles.

“It’s been stressful and tiring,” said Brown, “It’s been a dream come true.”

The Las Vegas Aces had the No 1 pick the last two years and tonight they chose Jackie Young (Notre Dame) with No 1 pick.

“Just stepping out of one legacy and entering another,” said Brown.

Derek Fisher entering his first draft as the head coach of Los Angeles Sparks needing to draft for needs off watching film to shape the roster. He had 7th, 19th, and 31st pick in this draft.

“It is important to add players who know how to fit in on a good team,” Fisher, “Be yourself that’s why we drafted you.”

Penny Toler the Sparks General Manager entering her 20th season in this role, knows how build a championship roster. The Sparks have three championship trophies in her cabinet.

The Sparks selected guard Marina Mabrey of Notre Dame with 19th pick in the second round. Then followed up with drafting guard Angela Salvadores of Duke with the 31st pick.

Los Angeles Sparks General Manager Penny Toler and Sparks head coach Derek Fisher after the WNBA Draft 2019. Photo by Jevone Moore

The Sparks first two months on the season will challenge them with 12 of their 19 games on the road.

Then the Sparks will finish off playing 10 of last 15 at home in front of the home crowd, hopefully building up for a championship run.

This year WNBA draft was held on April 10 at Nike New York headquarters for all three rounds (36 players). The league invited 12 players to New York for the live broadcast