Ty Harris and Mikiah Herbert Harrigan planned to have a WNBA draft-night party in Miami near the latter’s home in Pembroke Pines, Fla. to celebrate all the South Carolina basketball stars accomplished during their college careers and to look forward to their lives as professionals.
Instead, because the WNBA Draft will only live as an ESPN broadcast (April 17, 7 p.m.) because of COVID-19, the two will watch from their respective homes in Indiana and Florida.
Harris shouldn’t have to wait long to hear her name called according to mock drafts listed below that Spurs & Feathers found scattered around the internet. Herbert Harrigan hopes to have hers called soon after.
Analysis has been shortened for clarity and brevity.
Double G Sports (Todd Roman, March 29): No. 5 overall, Dallas Wings: “With their second pick, I see Dallas going for a backup back up for Moriah Jefferson. Tyasha Harris is the best available here and gives the Wings a pass-first guard to play around [Arike] Ogunbowale, [Satou] Sabally and Katie Lou Samuelson.”
Draftsite.com: No. 5 overall, Dallas Wings.
ESPN (Michelle Voepel, March 19): No. 6 overall, Minnesota Lynx: “Looking at the Lynx’s roster now, point guard might be a need, and Harris’ stock has risen all season. She might even go before this pick. She did a great job directing the offense for the No. 1-ranked Gamecocks and was a respected leader for the three freshmen who were in the starting lineup. She has good size at 5-10 and is a strong defensive player. Harris has an unflappable presence on the court, and that should translate well to the pro game.”
Winsidr (Brandon Davis, March 30): No. 6 overall, Minnesota Lynx: “One of the biggest risers this season has to be the point guard from the top ranked team in college hoops. She’s a pass-first point guard that understands what it means to control the pace but became more aggressive with her offense in her senior year. Knocking it down from deep at a career-high of just under 40%, she can score in multiple ways. She’s a pesky defender with quick hands averaging a couple swipes per game and is able to efficiently lead the fast break with her court vision. With recent departures and developments at their guard role, Harris could provide solid ball handling for the Lynx — potentially right away.”
Bball-index.com: No. 6 overall, Minnesota Lynx: “The Minnesota Lynx need a point guard and who better than South Carolina’s Tyasha Harris? She helped guide South Carolina into a remarkable season and is a true point guard who can help give the ball to reigning ROY Napheesa Collier and All-Star Sylvia Fowles. Her first instinct is to pass rather than score and that fits what the Lynx want. … I love the idea of Harris in Minnesota. This might be my favorite match in terms of need and coachability in the league. This is perfect. Harris has continued to expand her game, her shooting ability and versatility every year under Dawn Staley. She was primed and ready for a deep Final Four run before the season was cut short. She has a tremendous IQ and is ready for a long and successful WNBA career under one of the top coaches.”
Newsday (Mike Rose, March 30): No. 7 overall, Dallas Wings: “Skylar Diggins-Smith is now in Phoenix, and Moriah Jefferson is back after missing last season with an injury. Point guard is now a position of need. Harris was a steady and consistent floor leader for the Gamecocks. The Wings could go with the best available player with this pick, but they still have another first-round pick.”
Mikiah Herbert Harrigan
Winsidr (Brandon Davis, March 30): No. 10 overall, Phoenix Mercury: “Insert “Mad Kiki” here. Calm, cool, and pretty quiet and collected away from the court, but an aggressive force on it. A big piece of South Carolina’s much talked about “#BlockParty,” Herbert-Harrigan was the emotional leader for the Gamecocks. However, she’s more than defense. Now comfortably shooting nearly 44% from behind the arc, she’s able to take over games on both ends for stretches. Like former Mercury player Candice Dupree, she is legitimate threat as a stretch and versatile forward equipped with a seemingly automatic baseline jumper. She’s an undersized post player but makes up for it with athleticism and hustle plays and averaged a career best in points and rebounds. Her speed and footwork afford her the ability to defend all positions on the court.”
Bball-index.com: No. 14 overall (second round), Indiana Fever: “Herbert Harrigan simply has proven herself as one of the top forwards in the country the last couple of seasons. She has the capability to compliment, she can make plays, she scores the ball, defends, rebounds and would be a great filler for the Fever at the forward spot. … I love her ability to stretch the floor as a threat beyond the arc, she has the length and athleticism to thrive in the WNBA. … This pick fits the Indiana Fever well. She can defend, rebound and she also fit what Indiana Fever’s GM Tamika Catchings looks for among forwards. She will be given the opportunity to prove herself in camp and will probably have to fight for one of those last coveted roster spots. … There aren’t many players who raised their stock this season more than Herbert Harrigan, at least in terms of taking the next step towards “go-to” player status.”