UConn’s Dorka Juhász and Lou Lopez Sénéchal projected as first-round picks in ESPN’s latest WNBA mock draft

UConn women’s basketball’s Dorka Juhász and Lou Lopez Sénéchal had been largely absent from mock drafts for the 2023 WNBA Draft through the first several months of the college season. Until Wednesday, that is.

Both Huskies were pegged as first-round picks by M.A. Voepel in ESPN’s latest mock draft.

Juhász was projected as the No. 9 overall pick to the Seattle Storm. The 6-foot-5 forward is averaging 14.4 points, 10.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game in her second season with the Huskies after spending the first three years of her college career at Ohio State.

“I think Dorka is going to have the kind of season where I’d be shocked if she wasn’t one of the top five or six players picked in the draft next year,” UConn head coach Geno Auriemma said back in June.

Lopez Sénéchal is projected as the No. 12 overall pick to the Minnesota Lynx, home of former Husky Napheesa Collier. The graduate student has proven to be the steal of the transfer market since joining the Huskies from Fairfield last spring, a huge part of why UConn is the No. 4 team in country despite all the injuries this season. The 6-foot-1 wing is averaging 16.7 points and 3.1 rebounds per game while shooting an astonishing 47.5% (57 of 120) from 3-point range.

“She practices like a pro, she takes care of her body like a pro, she carries herself like a pro,” Auriemma said after a win over Tennessee on Jan. 26. “She loves the moment. She’s gonna make a great pro for somebody.”

There’s a long way to go before the 2023 WNBA Draft, set for April 10, but if Juhász and Lopez Sénéchal keep playing at this high of a level, an exciting pro future awaits them.