Jackie Young leaves Notre Dame early, declares for WNBA draft

Notre Dame guard Jackie Young will forego her senior season and enter the WNBA draft.

Young made the announcement Monday on Twitter, just two days before the 2019 draft. 

“After much consideration, I would like to announce that I will be following my heart and living out my childhood dream of playing in the WNBA,” Young wrote, in part. “I have waited for this day all of my life and I can’t wait to continue this journey.”

The news came just a day after the Fighting Irish’s 82-81 loss to Baylor in the NCAA Women’s Tournament championship game.

Young will join the four other Irish starters in this year’s draft class: Arike Ogunbowale, Jessica Shepard, Brianna Turner and Marina Mabrey, who are all graduating and expected to be drafted Wednesday.

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. She averaged 14.3 points, seven rebounds and 5.2 assists in her junior campaign.

She moved up some of the draft prediction boards after Sabrina Ionescu announced she will stay at Oregon for her final season. According to ESPN’s latest mock draft, Young is projected to be selected as the No. 2 pick by the New York Liberty.