Caitlin Clark alongside Kate Martin Iowa president Barbara Wilson hugs Caitlin Clark, left, and Kate Martin during a celebration of the Iowa women’s basketball team Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa.

Iowa Hawkeyes fans across the country tuned into the WNBA Draft on Monday night to see Caitlin Clark get selected. But they were also treated to an unexpected treat, as one of her teammates also unexpectedly heard her name called.

Iowa guard Kate Martin impressed throughout the NCAA Tournament, averaging 14 points in Iowa’s six tournament games. Her biggest performance came against LSU, scoring 21 points to help the Hawkeyes avenge their National Championship loss a season ago.

Still, Martin wasn’t considered by most to be a real prospect for the WNBA. According to ESPN’s prospect ranking for the WNBA Draft, she was ranked as the 101st-best player on the draft board.

She was in attendance at the draft not as a prospect in the eyes of most, but to support her teammate Clark and watch her get drafted, which she of course did with the No. 1 pick.

It was a good thing that she ended up coming to the event. Because shockingly, she heard her name called in the second round, selected with the 18th overall pick by the Las Vegas Aces.

ESPN’s Holly Rowe interviewed Martin shortly after she got drafted.

“Oh man, there are a lot of emotions,” Martin said. “I was here to support Caitlin. But you know, I was hoping to hear my name called. All I wanted was an opportunity and I got it so I’m just really excited.”

Clark took to social media to share her excitement for her teammate’s unexpected moment.

“KATE. MARTIN. LFGGGGG,” tweeted Clark.

It’s great to see that Martin ended up getting recognition for all she contributed to Iowa’s success this past season.

Clark was obviously the driving force in the Hawkeyes reaching the National Championship. But the team couldn’t have made it as far as they did without Clark getting some help. Martin provided exactly that, and now she will get a chance at a WNBA career.

[Caitlin Clark on Twitter/X]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.