2008 WNBA Mock Draft as of April 8
Taking a look at each team's needs and the best players available, storm.wnba.com offers a final prediction of who will end up going where tomorrow. This mock draft is for recreational use only, and it ought to be - last year I got a whopping two picks right in the first round. This year, I feel pretty good about getting at least the first three. After that ... we'll see.
|F Candace Parker|
NCAA Champion one night, No. 1 overall pick the next. It's good to be Candace Parker.
|C Sylvia Fowles|
As brilliant as Candice Wiggins has been over the course of the NCAA Tournament, picks one and two have been set in stone since Donna Orender announced the WNBA Draft Lottery results over teleconference on Oct. 23
|G Candice Wiggins|
I do think Wiggins' fast finish has changed this pick from either a trade or a post player to the Lynx drafting Wiggins and looking to add help up front via trade. That seems to be the latest scuttle around the league.
|G Alexis Hornbuckle|
Hornbuckle did not stand out in Tennessee's march to the championship in Tampa, so I could certainly see Bill Laimbeer looking at one of the Rutgers guards, but Hornbuckle has been the better prospect over the course of the season.
|F Erlana Larkins|
Possible spot for a trade? If not, Larkins is the best player available.
|G Matee Ajavon|
When in doubt, I always pay attention to my man Adam Hirshfield of WNBA.com. In his mock draft, Hirshfield connects the dots from Mystics Head Coach Tree Rollins' comments to point to Ajavon - though it's worth noting that Final Four point guards Shannon Bobbitt, Ketia Swanier and Erica White also fit his hints. It's probably a bit early to take any of them, however.
|F/G Essence Carson|
Potential back-to-back selections from Rutgers. I'm in agreement with Liberty fans who think the team will focus more on adding offense than defense, Carson's strength, and she's somewhat similar to incumbent reserve wing Ashley Battle. However, if New York wants to add a guard, Carson is the best on the board.
|F Tasha Humphrey|
If, as Dream Head Coach Marynell Meadors has indicated, the team is more in need of backcourt help than another frontcourt player, I think a trade could be in the offing - particularly if Carson is on the board. None of the other guards makes sense for Atlanta at this point, so if they stay put, maybe they will make the obvious pick in local favorite Humphrey.
|F Crystal Langhorne|
I'm sticking by my philosophy that the Sun will add a post player and a shooting guard with its two first-round picks, but flopping the order. That only makes sense with Langhorne dropping much lower in this mock than most people have her going.
|C LaToya Pringle|
Even before it was official that Yolanda Griffith is joining the Storm (scream it from the rooftops!), center was an obvious need for the Monarchs. Either Pringle or Laura Harper would make sense here ...
|C Laura Harper|
... and I'm betting the other one will go here, though Tennessee's Nicky Anosike may have played herself into the discussion with this group of centers with her strong effort in the championship game.
|G Quianna Chaney|
I had Chaney going to the Sun at pick nine in the previous incarnation of my mock draft, but that makes little sense because neither of the two teams between Connecticut's two picks is particularly likely to spend a selection on a shooting guard.
|F Amber Holt|
"We'd love someone who fits in with our style and can rebound and run the floor," Mercury Head Coach Corey Gaines told Hirshfield, and Holt is the ideal fit. She could help if Phoenix is without Penny Taylor at times this season because of the Olympics. Like Taylor, Holt is probably more of a small forward than a power forward, but that's just fine - ideal, in fact - in Phoenix (well, with the Mercury, at least. Not so much with the Suns now that Amaré Stoudemire plays alongside Shaquille O'Neal now).
|G Ketia Swanier|
I think the Liberty goes backcourt again here without a true backup for Loree Moore, and Swanier seems to have elevated herself from the pack of backup types who could go late in the first, in the second or even drop into the third round.