Lauren Cox Waived by Fever; Was No. 3 Overall Pick in 2020 WNBA Draft

AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack Sunday's announcement by the Indiana Fever was that power forward Lauren Cox has been placed on waivers. Cox was the third overall pick in 2020 WNBA draft. He played just 8.6 minutes over 11 games for the Fever during 2021. The Baylor 23-year old Baylor product was a major contributor to the Bears' four-season run. To earn her high draft status, she averaged 12 points and 7.5 rebounds, along with 2.8 assists, 2.3 blocks, in 131 college games (95 of which were played). After being diagnosed with COVID-19, she missed her first season in the WNBA. However, she was able to make 14 appearances before succumbing to a knee injury that ended her season. Cox, who had a turbulent debut year, confirmed that she was now healthy and is ready to start over in 2021. Cox stated that he has learned that despite being in training camp for a few days, he can still do anything. "I suffered the injury at the end of last season. Before I went to the 'wubble', I had COVID. I have been through much in the last year. I've gained resiliency and the ability to get through any situation. However, she struggled to get a consistent position in the Indiana rotation. Jantel Lavender, Jessica Breland, and Teaira McCowan dominated the frontcourt during the first 16 games. It's not surprising that the Fever didn't offer a top-five selection from last year more time to grow, given their league-worst 1-15 record. In the few minutes that Cox had this season, he averaged 1.4 points per game and 2.0 rebounds. After clearing waivers, the native Texas should not have any trouble at all attracting interest on either the waiver wire or as an agent free of charge.

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