Stanford's Cameron Brink declares for the WNBA Draft

Two-time Pac-12 Player of the year, Cameron Brink officially declared for the WNBA Draft on Tuesday afternoon.

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Cameron Brink's left her legacy at Stanford University ,and she is set to make her mark in professional women's basketball.

Stanford University star Brink has officially declared for the WNBA Draft. While she was given a year of extra eligibility due to the pandemic in 2020, Brink decided it's time to move into the next exciting phase in her life. On Tuesday afternoon, the center shared a heartfelt message on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Stating the Stanford Cardinal have "unfinished business," the New Jersey native expressed gratitude to all those who have played a part in her journey in becoming one of the nation's emerging stars.

"To my family and especially my parents-who would've thought that basketball would bring me the wonder it has. I attribute every ounce of success to your guidance and unconditional love" (via X )

Brink, who leads NCAA Division 1 basketball in blocks, is regarded as one of the premier two-way centers in the sport. Standing at 6'4", there's several aspects of her game to rave about. From baseline jumpers, to inside post play, and outside three-point shooting, Brink finished the season with 19 double-doubles, in 31 games, which ranks no. 8 in all of women's basketball.

Brink's is a defensive juggernaut

Her blocks are ionic, which she'll take with her to the WNBA. In fact, she put up a season high eight blocks against Pac-12 rival USC back on Feb. 2. Yes, that's correct, eight blocks.

She surely didn't disappoint in her fourth and final season with the Cardinal. Through 31 games, she boasted an incredible stat line of 17.8 points, 12 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 3.5 blocks per game. Shooting 51.2 percent from the floor in her senior year, Brink improved drastically from the free-throw line, increasing her percentage over 20 points from the 2021-2022 season.

Although she may not be the highest-scoring player, Brink has versatility, and that's important for a center, especially with the ability to stretch the floor. Able to excel with inside-outside basketball, she's not only a force on the glass, but she's developed exceptional passing skills, especially when doubled teamed. She's had some enormous games over her career, however, we can't forget career-high 24 rebounds against Oregon State on Feb 29. In the matchup, Brink also finished with team high 25 points.

Brink is Stanford's all-time leading shot blocker

Led by legendary head coach Tara VanDerveer, filling the shoes of Stanford University's elite athletes is no small challenge. Brink stands among Stanford greats like Candice, Wiggins, Nneka Ogwumike, and Jennifer Azzi, to name just a few. After all, she plays for one of the most winningest programs in all of women's college basketball. In the history of the program, Brink is all-time leader in blocks (402), block percentage (13.4 %), blocks per game (3.1), defensive rebound percentage (29.2 %), total rebound percentage (22%), box out plus/minus (19.7), among several other statistical categories.

It's not everyday you get to lace up for the all-time winningest coach in NCAA history.

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A four-year player for the Cardinal, Brink was recruited out of Mountainside, located in Oregon. An integral part of the team, the center led Stanford to their first NCAA title in 2021, signaling the end of a 29 year drought.

Earning tons of accolades during her illustrious career, Brink is a 3x Pac-12 All-Defensive Team, 2x Pac-12 Player of the Year, and was named Defensive Player of the Year in 2023. Among other individual honors, she's a 3x olympic gold medalist, which she was included in the FIBA under 19, FIBA under 17 World Cup, and 3x3 World Cup.

Announced today, Brink headlines ESPNs All-American team, next to Caitlin Clark (Iowa), Paige Bueckers(UConn), JuJu Watkins (USC), and Hannah Hidalgo (Notre Dame).

Brink is expected to be a top selection in the 2024 WNBA Draft

The former McDonald's All-American is expected to be a top selection in the 2024 WNBA Draf. With Caitlin Clark likely to be chosen as the first pick, Brink's stock is increasing, especially with Paige Bueckers returning to UConn.

Predicted to be picked second overall by the Los Angeles Sparks, she would be an excellent fit . This is especially given Nneka Ogwumikes stunning move to the Seattle Storm in free agency. By improving her three-point shot, she could become the next Nikola Jokic or Victor Wembanyama of the WNBA.

Should she drop to the third overall pick in the draft, there's a chance she could be chosen by the Phoenix Mercury. While nothing is set, I can't see Brink falling lower than the third pick.

Despite Brink and the Cardinal loss in the Pac-12 championship to USC with a final score of 74-61, the Stanford Center is determined to finish the season strong and compete for an NCAA National title.

Cameron Brink is determined to help bring a second title to Stanford during her career

"I am excited to announce I will be declaring for the 2024 WNBA Draft," said Brink in her post on X. "Although I am excited for that next chapter, we still have unfinished business and so much to accomplish in my final season at Stanford."

Aside from her improvement in free-throws, it's been incredible to watch the transformation following her Freshman season. A force on both ends of the floor, she's incredibly valuable to Stanford. 28-5 on the season, Brink missed only two games, but was great missed in Stanford's 68-61 loss against Oregon State.

Bidding her final goodbyes to Palo Alto, Brink was eligible to declare for the 2023 WNBA Draft, yet decided to return for one last dance. One of the most prolific shot blockers in women's basketball, she will undoubtedly be missed by so many at Stanford.

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Sara Jane Gamelli is a full-time Sportswriter, Content Creator and Social Media Manager for Ballislife Bets. She has a focus on the NBA, WNBA, NCAA Basketball, and the NFL. Sara Jane currently resides in Connecticut/NYC area with her Cat and Dog. SJ has her undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut in Economics, with a minor in business administration.


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