Notre Dame's Jackie Young enters WNBA



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Notre Dame guard Jackie Young announced she will enter the WNBA draft on Monday.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard Jackie Young (5) cuts a piece of the net after their victory against the Stanford Cardinal in the championship game of the Chicago regional in the women's 2019 NCAA Tournament at Wintrust Arena.

She announced her decision on Twitter on Monday night, almost a day after the Irish lost a heartbreaking game to Baylor for the NCAA championship.

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Young, who will turn 22 at the end of the year, shot over 55 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from 3-point range.

Young has been projected to go anywhere from No. 1 to No. 5 according to various mock drafts. "And I'm certainly not disappointed in them", Lisa Stone from Lafayette said. "I haven't made a decision".

Despite only scoring a combined 15 points over the course of Notre Dame's two Final Four games, Young contributed in other areas with nine rebounds and six assists in the championship game against Baylor along with strong defensive work against tough assignments. Young would be a much-needed stabilizing force for a depleted Irish roster in which every returning player averages fewer than four points per game.

"We'll just wait and see what she wants to do", Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said. "I think she would have the opportunity to be the go-to person on the team [next season]". With her decision, all five Notre Dame starters from this season will be draft-eligible.

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