Who is Kamilla Cardoso? Chicago’s Sky’s WNBA first-round pick

With the No. 3 decide within the WNBA Draft, the Chicago Sky chosen South Carolina’s Kamilla Cardoso, who led her workforce to a nationwide championship and an undefeated season.   

The Sky acquired that decide from the Phoenix Mercury as a part of the Kahleah Copper commerce.  

Cardoso is a 6-foot, 7-inch middle who performed for the South Carolina Gamecocks after transferring from Syracuse after her freshman 12 months. She’s going to be a part of fellow rookie Angel Reese. 

“It’ll be nice,” mentioned Cardoso. “Two nice gamers collectively. No one’s going to get rebounds on us.”

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Kamilla Cardoso celebrates with head coach Daybreak Staley of the South Carolina Gamecocks after beating the Iowa Hawkeyes within the 2024 NCAA Ladies’s Basketball Event Nationwide Championship on April 07, 2024, in Cleveland, Ohio. 

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Cardoso moved from Montes Claros, Brazil, to the USA when she was 15 years previous and performed highschool basketball for Hamilton Heights Christian Academy in Chattanooga, Tenn.

In her senior 12 months at South Carolina, Cardoso averaged 14.4 factors and practically 10 rebounds a sport because the Gamecocks went 33-0 and defeated the Iowa Hawkeyes for the NCAA girls’s basketball championship. 

Cardoso was named the match’s most excellent participant after her 15-point, 17-rebound efficiency in opposition to Caitlin Clark and the Hawkeyes. 

Cardoso was a extremely recruited expertise after enjoying highschool basketball in Tennessee. She selected to attend Syracuse but in addition thought of South Carolina and in the end determined to play for the Gamecocks. 

She ended her school profession as a two-time nationwide champion and a second-team Related Press All-American

In highschool, she averaged 24.1 factors, 15.8 rebounds, and 9.2 blocks as a senior to earn 2020 McDonald’s All-America standing. She was ranked the No. 1 middle and No. 5 general participant within the Class of 2020.  

“They obtained what they needed within the draft, which was two stars to construct round,” mentioned CBS 2’s Jori Parys. “You knew it was going to be a new-look workforce. It appears like it will be a brand new expertise due to what we noticed in school.”