LWB has learned that the 34th selection in the draft that was Ukrainian guard Alina Iagupova, selected by Los Angeles Sparks, has been voided by the league.
Reason for that is that Iagupova turns 21 this year.
According to WNBA CBA article XIII, section 1(d):
Notwithstanding Section 1(b) above, an international player is eligible to be selected in the WNBA Draft if she will be at least 20 years old during the calendar year in which such Draft is held.
Also the WNBA CBA article XIII, section 1(g) states that..
No player shall be eligible for selection in more than two (2) WNBA Drafts.
The language isn’t too clear in this agreement, but it appears that the league is interpreting it as “at least 20 years old” means that she can be drafted only in the year she turns 20. And the part of being eligible in no more than two drafts does not apply to international players, who are eligible in only one year.
This isn’t the only time Sparks selection has been voided. The same happened in 2011 with their pick of Elina Babkina, who was drafted in the year she turned 22.
Iagupova is a free agent and can negotiate with anyone if she decides to make the next step.