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Texas A&M star Chennedy Carter has declared for the 2020 WNBA draft.

"It saddens me that I was not able to chase a national championship with my teammates this year due to circumstances beyond our control," Carter said in a statement. "Although a difficult decision, I am looking forward to pursuing my childhood dream of playing in the WNBA."

Carter averaged 21.3 points and 3.5 assists as a junior for the Aggies.

She missed a little over a month due to an ankle injury. In her second game back, she dropped 37 points on Tennessee in a 73-71 win over the Lady Vols.

Carter's most memorable game came in Texas A&M's 2019 Sweet 16 loss to Notre Dame. The 5'7" guard attempted to go toe to toe with Fighting Irish star Arike Ogunbowale. She had 35 of the Aggies' 80 points, though she needed 34 shot attempts to get there.

Carter's decision is great news for the Atlanta Dream, who have the fourth overall pick in the 2020 draft.

Sabrina Ionescu, Lauren Cox and Satou Sabally are widely considered to be the top three players, so none of the trio is likely to be available when Atlanta is on the clock. Without Carter on the board, the Dream would've been left scrambling for alternatives among a solid pack of players without a true standout.

Now, the franchise will potentially have a young star to coincide with their rebrand and usher in a new era after Angel McCoughtry's departure.

The WNBA announced it plans on holding the draft as scheduled on April 17 despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The event will be held virtually with no players or media present.