The Iowa women's basketball coach provides Caitlin Clark with comments on the WNBA Draft choice.

Iowa women's basketball head coach Lisa Bluder aims to persuade Caitlin Clark to stay in college for an extra season instead of entering the 2024 WNBA Draft. 

Bluder plans to present the pros and cons respectfully, acknowledging Clark's intelligence and the role her parents play in the decision-making process. 

Bluder emphasizes that the decision ultimately rests with Clark, highlighting the importance of her gut feeling in choosing between the WNBA Draft and another year at Iowa. 

The Indiana Fever, holding the No. 1 overall pick, would likely select Clark if she enters the draft, but the popularity of NCAA basketball and Clark's local iconic status could complicate her decision. 

Clark's ability to earn income through name, image, and likeness (NIL) deals, such as her recent sponsorship with Gatorade, adds a new dimension to the decision-making process. 

Speculation about Clark's future intensified after the Indiana Fever won the WNBA Draft lottery, putting her in a position to make a meaningful decision that could set a precedent for other players. 

UConn's Paige Bueckers and Stanford's Cameron Brink face similar decisions, contemplating whether to stay in college or become top-five picks in the next WNBA Draft. 

WNBA champion Chelsea Gray suggests that the current landscape of NIL opportunities might make staying in college more appealing for players like Clark, providing a chance to earn money and prepare for life after basketball. 

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