Indiana Fever finish 2020 WNBA draft with two guards

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Fever selected guards Kathleen Doyle from Iowa and Kamiah Smalls form James Madison with its second and third round picks in the 2020 WNBA Draft on Friday night. 

The Fever selected Doyle with the 14th overall selection, which made her the first player from the University of Iowa drafted by the franchise. 

Doyle earned 2020 Big Ten Player of the Year honors this season with the Hawkeyes. The 5-foot-9 guard averaged a career-high 18.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 33.8 minutes per game, while starting all 30 games for Iowa this season. 

The third team AP All-American this season started 114 of 123 games played with Iowa from 2016-20. 

“We were ecstatic that Kathleen was there at No. 14 and she’s going to be a part of the Fever family moving forward,” Head Coach Marianne Stanley said. “The ball doesn’t stick in her hands. The ball moves and she gets people into their spots. 

The Philadelphia native, Smalls, came off the board with the 28th overall pick near the beginning of the third round. 

The two-time Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year ended her career averaging 14.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 29.7 minutes per contest in 130 games with the Dukes.  

The fourth player from James Madison to be drafted into the WNBA ended her collegiate career in nine all-time top-10 statistical categories with the program. 

“Kamiah is an athletic guard who can play any of the three guard positions,” Stanley said. Even in the third round, you still can find players who can make an impact and contribute. 

Smalls is also the first player from JMU drafted by the Fever.