Diana Taurasi Had Blunt Message for Caitlin Clark on Her Upcoming WNBA Career

Apr 6, 2024; Cleveland, OH, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes guard Caitlin Clark speaks at a press conference.
Apr 6, 2024; Cleveland, OH, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes guard Caitlin Clark speaks at a press conference. / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Iowa guard Caitlin Clark has just one game left in her college career.

The Hawkeyes' national championship date with South Carolina on Sunday will go a long way toward shaping the legacy of one of America's greatest college athletes.

However, some are already looking beyond the title game to the future and pondering how Clark will fare in the WNBA.

After Iowa knocked off Connecticut in the Final Four on Friday night, Phoenix Mercury and former Huskies guard Diana Taurasi warned that Clark's transition to the professional ranks wouldn't be easy.

"Reality is coming," Taurasi told ESPN's Scott Van Pelt. "You look superhuman playing against some 18-year-olds but you're going to come play with some grown women that have been playing professional basketball for a long time."

The Indiana Fever are widely expected to take Clark with the No. 1 pick in the 2024 WNBA draft on April 15.

"There is gonna be a transition period where you're going to have to give yourself some grace as a rookie," Taurasi said.


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