2010 WNBA Draft Live
Posted at 2:35 a.m.
Though the draft is complete, there's still activity in the Draft Room as the Storm looks to secure players for training camp, which begins on April 25. Our live coverage is complete, but stay tuned to stormbasketball.com this afternoon for feature stories with quotes from the Storm's draft picks and Coach Agler.
Storm Selects Krivacevic
Posted at 2:30 a.m.
With the No. 34 overall pick in the third round, the Storm selected Hungarian post Tijana Krivacevic, who is currently playing for the Euroleague team MKB Euroleasing Sopron. Krivacevic turned 20 today and has a bright future. While she may come to training camp this season, the Storm would maintain her rights going forward as she develops if she does not join the team in 2010. That's a good way to get value out of a third-round pick, given most of them struggle to make rosters. Last year, several European players were selected, but Krivacevic was the only one this season (not counting Epiphanny Prince).
Also in the third round, Gonzaga's Vivian Frieson went to the Tulsa Shock and the Pac-10 had its second player selected in California guard Alexis Gray-Lawson, who went No. 30 to Washington.
Into the Third Round
Posted at 2:00 a.m.
The second round is complete. The Storm will make its last selection at No. 34, just two picks ahead of the end of the draft. Look for the Storm to maybe add a player for down the road. So far, I think the Connecticut Sun, Minnesota Lynx and San Antonio Silver Stars have really made out well. I suppose the Sun and Lynx should do well, given the number of picks both teams had, but I think there are things to like from both ends of the trade the two teams made. Connecticut gets one of the better prospects in this year's draft for what might be a low pick next year if the Sun does as well as it hopes, but the Lynx didn't really need another player and has a chance at a high pick if things go south in Connecticut. Getting Allison Hightower in the second round was also a coup for the Sun. As far as value goes, I'm not sure anyone did better than San Antonio, which got Jayne Appel at No. 5 and Alysha Clark - a player I like quite a bit - in the second round.
Storm Selects Tanisha Smith
Posted at 1:43 a.m.
With the Storm's second-round pick, No. 22 overall, the team selected Texas A&M guard/forward Tanisha Smith. Oddly, Smith finished her college career here in Seattle with the Aggies, who lost to Gonzaga in the NCAA Tournament subregional. Smith acquitted herself nicely in the tournament, however, posting a triple-double in the opening round against Portland State. Smith is an extremely athletic wing with the ability to create for herself or teammates off the dribble. For more on her, I'd suggest Swish Appeal's excellent feature.
"We wanted to get some depth on our perimeter," Brian Agler explained in an interview with Holly Rowe on the broadcast. He indicated Smith has a chance to make the team.
Sliders Go Early in Second
Posted at 1:13 a.m.
Kalana Greene and Allison Hightower went with two of the first three picks of the second round to New York and Connecticut, respectively. In between them was Jenna Smith, the other player I had in the first round of my mock draft who slipped lower. These are good value picks at the start of the second round. Still some time before the Storm comes up again at No. 22.
First Round Complete
Posted at 1:03 a.m.
With L.A. taking Bianca Thomas, the first round is in the books. The surprise is that the Sparks and everyone else passed on Kalana Greene and Allison Hightower, two of the top wings on the board. The Storm went for a need at point guard, but two guards (Thomas and Jene Morris) went ahead of those two players. New York's first pick of the draft will lead off the second round, with Renee Brown taking over the duties at the podium.
Alison Lacey Scouting Report
Posted at 12:58 a.m.
Here's what we posted about Lacey before the draft.
Key Stats - PPG: 16.1 | APG: 6.3 | RPG: 5.1
Bio: A native of Canberra, Australia who came to the U.S. during high school as an exchange student, Lacey has been one of the nation's best all-around point guards. She recorded a triple-double earlier this season against Iowa and became the seventh Big 12 player with 1,500 career points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists.
Coach Agler says … "Good size for a point guard. Has a top assist-to-turnover ratio. Excellent shooter. Sees the floor well. Has been hampered this year with illness, so she's missed some games, and I don't know if she's even 100 percent right now. Has done a good job as a leader of this Iowa State team to get them where they are - they finished second in the Big 12 and reached the Sweet Sixteen."
WNBA comparison: "She has some traits of Lindsay Whalen and some traits of Sue Bird, though she's not at that level."
Storm Selects Alison Lacey
Posted at 12:50 a.m.
There were a few tense moments in the first round because the Storm had established Alison Lacey as the player it coveted from the beginning of the draft. When Lacey was still on the board at the 10th pick, there was very little discussion needed, and applause in the Draft Room when the selection was announced by WNBA President Donna Orender. Lacey gives the Storm a long-term answer behind Sue Bird, a spot the team has been trying to fill since another Aussie (Tully Bevilaqua) left for Indiana as a free agent after the 2004 championship season. She's an excellent three-point shooter and a steady ballhandler who has the size at 6-0 to play alongside Bird in the backcourt as well.
Picking for the Future
Posted at 12:38 a.m.
The Connecticut Sun, with a pair of first-round picks, used the No. 7 selection on Danielle McCray, who will miss the 2010 WNBA season after tearing her ACL but should be able to contribute starting in 2011. With a deep roster, that's the kind of risk the Sun could take and I like thinking ahead, though this was a bit earlier than I anticipated McCray would go. It's surprising both Allison Hightower and Kalana Greene are both still on the board, but one will probably go now to L.A.
Appel's Slide Ends
Posted at 12:30 a.m.
The San Antonio Silver Stars weren't in desperate need of a post player with Laura Harper, Ruth Riley and Michelle Snow all on the roster, but Dan Hughes and company found Jayne Appel too tempting to pass up with the fifth pick after Chicago went for Epiphanny Prince at No. 4. The interesting side effect is that now guards are dropping a bit, as I figured the Silver Stars would go for a two-guard if Appel was not on the board.
Lynx Throws a Curveball
Posted at 12:21 a.m.
We figured the No. 3 pick would be between Jayne Appel or Epiphanny Prince. Instead, the Minnesota Lynx went for Nebraska's Kelsey Griffin. Griffin is a really talented player and was more productive than almost anyone else in the country last year. Still, this is higher than Griffin was expected to go. There's a chance this could signal a possible trade. And Jayne Appel could fall with Chicago not really needing a post player.
Charles Officially to the Sun
Posted at 12:10 a.m.
Even though we've known since the Connecticut Sun traded for the No. 1 overall pick that UConn's Tina Charles would be the selection, the Sun still took the full five minutes to make the pick official. Now Connecticut can use Charles in its marketing. Things get a little more interesting with Minnesota's two selections. We have a pretty good idea Monica Wright will be one of them, but will Jayne Appel be the other or will she drop?
ESPN2's Coverage Under Way
Posted at 12:04 a.m.
If you're near a TV, time to flip it to ESPN2. You may also be able to watch online via ESPN3.com. WNBA President Donna Orender is opening the draft with her remarks and then the Connecticut Sun will be on the clock, though there is little question who will be the No. 1 overall pick - UConn center Tina Charles is a sure thing.
Draft Room Filling Up
Posted at 11:53 a.m.
In addition to the Storm coaching staff, we've got CEO Karen Bryant in the room now as well as Lisa Brummel, Anne Levinson and Dawn Trudeau (as well as her husband) from Force 10 Hoops L.L.C.
Posted at 11:50 a.m.
We're starting to get serious. Jamin Dershowitz, the WNBA's legal counsel, just went over the way the draft is actually conducted. There's a conference call involving all the teams and that's how picks are made in the second and third round. In the first round, teams make their selections by calling Dershowitz at the league. With a little over 10 minutes until the draft officially starts, the Storm coaching staff is going over scenarios. Our live chat is underway, so share your questions.
Happy Draft Day!
Posted at 11:20 a.m.
The draft is a little more than a half-hour away and I'm set up in the Storm's Draft Room. Assistant Coach Nancy Darsch and Director of Player Development and Scouting Jenny Boucek are here, along with Director of Basketball Operations Missy Bequette, while Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel Brian Agler has conferenced in from Secaucus to join us. In the meantime, check out my final mock draft and the rest of our Draft coverage and check back in about 30 minutes for the start of our live coverage and chat (below).