Caitlin Clark makes shock appearance on Saturday Night Live

Caitlin Clark made a shocking appearance on Saturday Night Live with college basketball’s biggest star in New York ahead of Monday’s WNBA draft.

College basketball’s biggest star showed up on the iconic show’s “Weekend Update” segment, along with cast member Michael Che. Hollywood superstar Ryan Gosling hosted the episode.

It comes just a week after Clark, who was projected to be the No. 1 pick in Monday’s WNBA draft, and the Iowa Hawkeyes were defeated in the women’s NCAA Tournament final.

Clark has brought millions of new fans to the game with her ferocious shooting and dazzling passing skills.

The Iowa star was a big reason why a record 18.9 million viewers tuned in to watch the NCAA championship game in which South Carolina defeated the Hawkeyes.

Caitlin Clark made a shocking appearance on Saturday Night Live ahead of the WNBA draft

The all-time NCAA Division I leading scorer will be the first to face the Indiana Fever on Monday night when the draft takes place at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in front of a thousand fans.

Earlier this week, Clark, who became Major College Basketball’s all-time leading scorer this season on her way to becoming the consensus national player of the year, was honored along with her teammates during a celebration at Iowa’s home arena.

“I would say you all inspired me as much as I inspired you,” Clark told the approximately 8,000 fans in attendance.

‘And you made me realize my dream every day, and for that I am very grateful. It was very special and this place will always be my home.’

Clark finished her career with 3,951 points and 1,144 assists, an All-American in every season in a career that began playing in front of sparse crowds during her freshman year when attendance was limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

She received a standing ovation when Iowa athletic director Beth Goetz announced that Clark’s jersey number 22 would be retired, the third number to be retired in program history.

More to follow.