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South Carolina C Kamilla Cardoso declares for WNBA draft

Mar 24, 2034; Columbia, So Carolina, USA;  South Carolina center Kamilla Cardoso (10) and University of North Carolina guard Teonni Key (13) try to get a rebound during the second quarter of the second round NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament game at the Colonial Life Center.  Mandatory Credit: Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports via Greenville News
Credit: Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports via Greenville News

South Carolina star Kamilla Cardoso declared for the 2024 WNBA Draft on Monday night.

The 6-foot-7 Brazilian center is averaging 14.1 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game this season.

The top-ranked Gamecocks (36-0) reached the Final Four of the Women’s NCAA Tournament on Sunday with a 70-58 win against Oregon State. South Carolina will face NC State on Friday in Cleveland.

“I would like to take the time to thank my family for the sacrifice of letting a 14-year-old move across the world to chase her dreams and for their unconditional love and support,” Cardoso said on Instagram.

“To my teammates, who I considered my sisters, this journey has been one that I will remember for the rest of my life. Together we did amazing things and grew a bond that no one could take from us. To my coaches, your guidance, mentorship, and unwavering support have been instrumental in shaping me both as a player and person. I am forever grateful for the impact y’all have had on my life.”

Gamecocks coach Dawn Staley commented on Cardoso’s post. “League ready! Your future is bright Milla!” Staley posted.

Cardoso, 22, played her first season at Syracuse in 2020-21 before winning a national championship with South Carolina in 2021-22.

She has career averages of 10.5 points on 57.2-percent shooting, along with 7.8 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in 123 games (53 starts).

–Field Level Media

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