Kelsey Plum congratulates Caitlin Clark, urges Iowa to ‘throw the kitchen sink at her’ to forego WNBA Draft

If we needed another reminder of how NIL now rules the world of college sports, Kelsey Plum delivered it on Friday night.

A day after Caitlin Clark broke Plum's record for most points in NCAA women's college basketball history, the WNBA star has nothing but love for the new scoring queen – and she's even trying to help her get paid become.

While sitting courtside at the Celebrity Game during NBA All-Star Weekend, Plum shared her thoughts on Clark's record-breaking performance as well as the Iowa star's upcoming decision on whether to stay in school another year or go pro and likely will be the first overall pick in the 2024 WNBA Draft.

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Kelsey Plum urges Iowa to throw the kitchen sink at Caitlin Clark

Plum praised the Iowa star effusively, as she did during Clark's pursuit of her record.

“She’s amazing,” Plum said. “I mean, especially the exact shot that she broke [the record]. I mean, I think that pretty much sums it up, right? I’m just coming up from halfway up the field.”

“She is unbelievable!”

Kelsey Plum gave all the credit to Caitlin Clark after breaking the NCAA women's scoring record 👏

— espnW (@espnW) February 17, 2024

Plum's praise for Clark is nothing new or unexpected, but her assessment of whether Clark will stay at Iowa another year or enter the WNBA draft might raise some eyebrows.

“Everyone's trying to figure out if she's going to come out or stay, but if I'm from Iowa, I'm definitely going to throw the kitchen sink at her.”

Clark is reportedly making over $800,000 in zero money this year, including contracts with Nike, State Farm, Gatorade, H&R Block, Buick, Hy-Vee and Topps. Perhaps surprisingly, this is reportedly only the fourth-highest among female college basketball players, behind LSU's Angel Reese, LSU's Flau'jae Johnson and TCU's Haley Cavinder.

Still, that's a lot of money for a 22-year-old college graduate, and no matter what Clark does next season, she expects to make even more. We'll just see if Iowa — and its wealthiest boosters — are willing to do what Plum suggested and buckle down enough to make Clark consider staying.

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