The final pick of the 2012 Draft was the second player with local ties. Katelan Redmon, a Spokane native who played at Gonzaga, was the 36th and final pick by the New York Liberty. Redmon was the second Zag chosen in the draft. Minnesota took forward Kayla Standish, who was invited to attend the draft, with the 19th overall pick in the second round.
That wraps things up for our live coverage. Thanks for being with us and be sure to check back all day long for additional coverage and quotes from Coach Agler and Shekinna Stricklen.
Storm Thinking 2013 with Hampton
Coach Agler just met with the media and explained the logic behind selecting Keisha Hampton in the second round of the draft. The Storm hopes Hampton spends the summer rehabbing her knee and preparing to head overseas next fall. Then she could come to training camp in 2013 fully healthy and ready to compete for a roster spot.
Not Done Yet
Even though the Storm does not have a pick in the third round, there is still work to be done in the Draft Room. The coaching staff is following the remaining picks in order to invite some of the top undrafted prospects to training camp. There are still a couple spots open on the roster for the start of camp because so many players will still be overseas.
Storm Takes Hampton
In the second round, the Storm looked ahead to the future with DePaul forward Keisha Hampton. Hampton slipped because she missed the end of her senior season following arthroscopic knee surgery. Still, Agler expected her to go late in the first round or early in the second because of her talent. Here's our scouting report from before the draft:
From: DePaul | Height: 6-2 | Born: 2/22/89 Key Stats - PPG: 16.6 | RPG: 4.6 | APG: 2.2 Bio: After leading the Blue Demons to the Sweet 16 and earning All-Big East First Team honors as a junior, Hampton saw her senior season cut short by knee surgery, which could also keep her out of the WNBA until 2013. Hampton is a big-time scorer who dropped 32 on Northwestern before her injury, and she's got the athleticism and shooting chops to play on the wing as a pro. Coach Agler says ... "She's been hurt. I saw her play early and she's very talented. Versatile. Very similar to Deveraux Peters except she plays a lot more facing the basket. Runs the floor well. It's hard to say how she'll be addressed in the draft just because she's been hurt. Probably someone that has multiple picks will pick her just to have her rights. Good range. Sort of a four player that's transitioning to the three, I would guess." WNBA comparison: "I don't have a comparison for her."
Second Pick on the Clock
The Storm's second-round pick, No. 22 overall, is up now. There was a lot of discussion about foreign prospects who could help the team in future years, but when Minnesota took Sparta&K point guard Nika Baric, that was the last of the international players under consideration.
I've spent the last 20 minutes or so chatting with Shekinna Stricklen, first as part of a group media discussion and then in a one-on-one interview. Look for more of that on StormBasketball.com later today. One fun note - Stricklen said she's planning to keep the number 40 in Seattle, and said she was a fan of Shawn Kemp when I passed along that 40 is a popular number around here.
Meanwhile, the Storm coaching staff is preparing for the team's second-round pick, No. 22 overall. There have been some surprises in the draft, leaving some quality talent available midway through the second round.
Stricklen Chats with Storm Fans
The WNBA set up a fun feature for this year's draft allowing a live video connection with players at the draft. As a result, the sponsors and Season Ticket Holders at the Storm's offices were able to chat live with Shekinna Stricklen from the ESPN studios where the draft is being held. Stricklen said she's excited to play with WNBA legends like Sue Bird, Lauren Jackson, Katie Smith and Tina Thompson but that she doesn't know much about the city of Seattle besides that she's heard it rains a lot. Overall, Stricklen sounded thrilled over being drafted No. 2 overall by the Storm.
Stricklen Scouting Report
Here's what we wrote about Stricklen in our look at the top small forwards:
From: Tennessee | Height: 6-2 | Born: 7/30/90 Key Stats - PPG: 15.4 | RPG: 6.6 | APG: 1.9 Bio: Because of her diverse skills, Stricklen stepped into the starting lineup as a freshman at point guard. She was voted Freshman of the Year by the USBWA after averaging 13.3 points and 5.9 rebounds at what is not her natural position. By her junior year, Stricklen was able to move to the wing. Her best scoring effort came as a senior, when she averaged a team-high 15.4 points along with 6.6 rebounds per game. Coach Agler says ... "Extremely versatile perimeter player. A natural three that can play positions one through four. Great size and length for a perimeter player." WNBA comparison: "That's a tough one. She reminds me some of Nikki Teasley, though she's not a point guard. She's also sort of like Noelle Quinn, but a little bigger."
Coach Agler just spoke to the sponsors and Season Ticket Holders who were invited to watch this year's WNBA Draft at the Storm offices and spoke glowingly of Stricklen.
"She'll fit in with our veteran players and she's somebody we can build around in the future," Agler said, adding that he spent a lot of time talking with her. "I educated her on our team and what she can expect with her role.
Laurel Richie just stepped to the podium to make it official: Shekinna Stricklen is the Storm's No. 2 overall pick. Coach Agler went out to put Stricklen's name on an oversized jersey here in the Storm offices to applause from fans.
Storm on the Clock
The Los Angeles Sparks have officially added Ogwumike. The Storm has five minutes to make the pick, but won't need them all. Though you won't hear the pick for a little bit, Head Coach and General Manager Brian Agler wasted no time calling the league with the selection.
After Laurel Richie welcomed us to the 2012 WNBA Draft presented by Boost Mobile, the Sparks have five minutes to make official what we all expect: Selecting Nneka Ogwumike.
Hello from the Draft Room
For the fifth consecutive year, I'm here with the Storm's coaching staff and members of Force 10 Hoops throughout the WNBA Draft. As we prepare for the start of the draft, it's fairly quiet in here. The serious discussions have already taken place. With the Los Angeles Sparks certain to take Stanford forward Nneka Ogwumike with the first overall pick, the Storm knows its choice for the second pick. There's still the possibility of a last-minute trade offer, but for now the Storm is playing the waiting game.