The Indiana Fever made a historic pick in the WNBA draft, selecting Grace Berger with the seventh overall pick, making her the first first-round draft pick in Indiana University program history. Berger’s all-around play style, shooting prowess, and versatility caught the attention of Fever coach Christie Sides, who praised Berger’s competitiveness, passion for the game, and willingness to do “whatever is needed for her team.”
The “Midrange Queen,” a nickname given to her by her teammates, drew comparisons to NBA legends Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki from Miami coach Katie Meier. Her tremendous shooting ability, combined with her development as a point guard this season, makes her an attractive pick for Indiana Fever, who won just five games last season but have returning pieces, including leading scorer Kelsey Mitchell and 2022 first-round picks NaLyssa Smith, Emily Engstler, Lexie Hull, and Queen Egbo.
As the all-time winningest player in Indiana University program history with 1,841 points, 573 assists, and 752 rebounds, Berger is expected to contribute to the young talent on Indiana Fever’s roster and be a transformative talent for the team. Berger’s excitement to learn from her teammates, play alongside them, and grow with them is a reason enough to anticipate the start of the WNBA season.
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