Charli Collier, the Texas Longhorns women’s basketball standout and potential top pick in the 2021 WNBA draft, declared Sunday her intentions to turn pro after the college season.
“After long consideration, thought, and prayer, I have decided to fulfill my lifelong dream of declaring for the 2021 WNBA Draft,” Collier wrote in a social media post.
Despite being a junior, Collier is eligible for the draft because she will turn 22 in September. In the latest ESPN mock draft, the Dallas Wings selected Collier with the No. 1 overall pick.
Collier, a 6-foot-5 center, entered Sunday’s game against Texas Christian averaging 21 points and 12.2 rebounds (ninth in the country) this season. She was all-Big 12 last year.
Collier will graduate from Texas this spring with a Bachelor of Science degree in physical culture and sports and a minor in communications, she said.
“I look forward to finishing this season strong – with full focus on helping our team accomplish its mission,” Collier wrote. “What starts here changes the world.”