Mercury 2012 WNBA Draft Recap

By Ben York,

“With the sixth pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft, the Phoenix Mercury selects Samantha Prahalis from Ohio State University.” – WNBA President, Laurel Richie

That sound you hear is Mercury fans rejoicing.

About two months ago, we began asking fans who they wanted the Mercury to pick in the upcoming draft. We received hundreds of responses from multiple outlets (Facebook, Twitter, email, etc.). I don’t think it’s a stretch, by any means, to say that the overwhelming fan-favorite was Sammy Prahalis.

In many ways, the words typically used to describe Prahalis can be used to characterize the Phoenix Mercury – exciting, tough, fast, electrifying, etc. But perhaps more than anything, Prahalis, like Taurasi, has an unquenchable desire to win.

"I’m looking forward to playing with someone who hates losing like I do,” says Prahalis on being a teammate of Diana Taurasi.

The 2012 WNBA season cannot get here fast enough.

Much more on Prahalis to follow, but here’s some quick-hit information on all four Mercury draft picks this year:

No. 6 overall – Samantha Prahalis – Ohio State

2011-12: Wade Trophy, Wooden and Lieberman Awards finalist, Big Ten Player of the Year, and All-Big Ten First Team after ranking 1-2 in the conference in assists and scoring, and sixth in steals. 2010-11: NCAA Dayton Regional All-Tournament Team, All-Big Ten Second Team (media) and Third Team (coaches). 2009-10: WBCA/State Farm and AP All-America Hon. Mention, First Team All-Big Ten. 2008-09: Big Ten Freshman of the Year, All-Big Ten Second Team (media) and Hon. Mention (coaches), NCAA Reg. All-Tournament Team. Started for her HS team in seventh grade and played linebacker in youth football.

No. 24 overall – C’eira Ricketts – Arkansas

2011-12: Earned All-SEC First Team honors after ranking No. 2 in steals (tied) and assist/turnover ratio, No. 4 in assists and 16 in scoring. 2010-11: All-SEC Second-Team pick in both the coaches and media poll. 2008-09: Associated Press SEC Newcomer of the Year and Full Court Press Freshman All-America Team pick as Razorbacks' leader in scoring, assists and steals; also recorded a triple-double while tying SEC single-game mark for assists.

No. 30 overall – Christine Flores – Missouri

2011-12: Earned All-Big 12 Second Team honors after ranking second in the conference in scoring and blocks (trailing only Brittney Griner in both categories), as well as sixth in rebounds. 2010-11 Led Missouri in both free throw percentage and rebounds, and ranked second in points per game. Part of Missouri's “San Antonio Connection” along with fellow Draft prospect BreAnna Brock.

No. 33 overall – Amanda Johnson – Oregon

Chosen as candidate for Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, 2011 Capital One Academic All-America First Team, 2011 Pac-10 All-Academic First Team, 2011 Pac-10 Honorable Mention, 2011 Harry Ritchie Scholar-Athlete, 2010 Oregon Invitational Most Valuable Player, 2010 Pac-10 All-Academic First Team, and 2010 Pac-10 Honorable Mention.