2011 WNBA.com Mock Draft

Disclaimer: This is just one editor's opinion as to what may occur on Monday at the 2011 WNBA Draft and should NOT be deemed as an official mock draft of the league.

Has it really been one year already? It seems like only yesterday when I put together my last WNBA.com Mock Draft, accurately picking an astounding ONE out of 12 in the correct order - and even then I don't think I was very "daring" with selecting Tina Charles first overall. But maybe I'm being too hard on myself. After all, if we ignore the order of my picks I did accurately predict nine of the 12 players to go in the first round. That counts for something, right?

Maybe. But let's be honest here. If my selection process from 2010 was a shooting percentage, I'd be hitting eight percent of my shots. I wouldn't even make it out of training camp. Nay, I wouldn't even be invited to training camp.

But I'm in much better shape this season. I've studied. I've assessed needs and wants. I've gotten into the heads of general managers and coaches throughout the league. Oh yes, this year will be much, much better.

...I hope.

1. Minnesota Lynx

Maya Moore, F, Connecticut

Sweet. 1-for-1 and already at 100 percent. Let's keep it going.

2. Tulsa Shock

Elizabeth Cambage, C, Australia

Shock general manager and coach Nolan Richardson has already stressed he has his eye on size in this year's draft. At 6-foot-8, Cambage is the definition of it. She's also the sort of two-way player who will bring a strong inside game to Tulsa on both ends of the court.

3. Chicago Sky

Amber Harris, F, Xavier

This is where it starts to get tricky. I think about Chicago and I already see size. Sylvia Fowles and Cathrine Kraayeveld make for a good combo in the paint, but the uncertainty of certain free agents re-signing - such as the 6-foot-4 Christi Thomas, or the 6-foot-3 Mistie Bass - makes me think size remains the target for Pokey Chatman. I'm going with Amber Harris here, confident in the feeling that Epiphanny Prince will receive more minutes and experience at the point this season.

4. Minnesota Lynx

Ta'Shia Phillips, C, Xavier

As an expansion of the mock draft, let me first say that I don't think the Lynx will retain this pick. Taking Moore first overall is a tremendous addition to a team that is already stacked with talent. Offering up the fourth overall pick via trade could potentially secure a nice top pick in 2012, since it's already a given that Minnesota will be a much better team this season and is likely not going to find themselves in the lottery again. Or at least that's the goal. Regardless, whoever winds up with the fourth pick (New York? San Antonio?) will remain hungry for size, and I see that solution coming in the form of Ta'Shia Phillips at 6-foot-6. But I wouldn't be surprised if Jantel Lavender went this high either.

5. Los Angeles Sparks

Jantel Lavender, C, Ohio State

Part of me feels the fifth pick is where we might start seeing some guards, but Los Angeles already has six guards coming into training camp, including last year's assist-leader Ticha Penicheiro and two-guard Noelle Quinn. L.A. lacked in a presence down low last season, mainly due to the absence of Candace Parker. Not wanting to risk facing that void again, I see the Sparks going with Ohio State's Jantel Lavender with the No. 5 pick. And yes, I wish I could make Lavender and Phillips interchangeable at fourth and fifth.

6. San Antonio Silver Stars

Courtney Vandersloot, G, Gonzaga

Courtney Vandersloot is a ball mover and a shot maker - a perfect tool for Dan Hughes' low-post system that consists of Jayne Appel, Michelle Snow and Sophia Young. What's that you say? She's a guard? Yes, she is, and a good one at that. Imagine how her 2,000-plus points and 1,000-plus assists will translate to the WNBA. To add to that, imagine what the young Vandersloot could learn playing behind or alongside Becky Hammon. Scary stuff.

7. Tulsa Shock

Danielle Robinson, G, Oklahoma

Is it a pattern or odd coincidence that Coach Richardson spent his first draft pick in 2010 on Oklahoma alumn Amanda Thompson, traded for Oklahoma State alumn Andrea Riley this offseason and may very well consider taking Oklahoma's Danielle Robinson in 2011? He'll go for size with that No. 2 pick but he'll have his eyes on a guard down here at No. 7. Robinson may very well be the target.

8. Atlanta Dream

Kayla Pedersen, C, Stanford

Perimeter or post? I'm torn here. Re-signing Alison Bales to come off the bench in place of Erika de Souza and Sancho Lyttle gives Dream general manager and coach Marynell Meadors some decent size to work with down low, but there remains an added emphasis on rebounding as the Dream looks to improve in 2011. With the ever-growing progression of Shalee Lehning at the point, the combination of the Miller twins and Izi Castro Marques switching between guard and forward, I believe Meadors will be looking for a player like Stanford's Kayla Pederson to come in and get herself comfortable under the basket.

9. Indiana Fever

Victoria Dunlap, F, Kentucky

Losing Tully Bevilaqua to free agency this offseason leaves a bit of a defensive void that needs to be filled. The 2010-11 SEC Defensive Player of the Year could be the right fit for Lin Dunn and the Fever. Camp is admittedly going to be very competitive in Indiana, but if Dunlap comes in showing some intensity on the defensive end, it might be a bit too beneficial for Dunn to part with.

10. New York Liberty

Jessica Breland, F, North Carolina

The New York Liberty needs rebounding and they'll get it with North Carolina's Jessica Breland. The 6-foot-3 forward isn't the biggest in the class, but in all likeliness she will still be on the board when the Liberty picks 10th, and I doubt John Whisenant is going to pass her up.

11. Washington Mystics

Danielle Adams, F, Texas A&M

Losing Monique Currie for the season has general manager and coach Trudi Lacey looking for the best option to fill the forward position in training camp. Just an inch taller than Currie, Texas A&M's Danielle Adams very much fits the mold of Currie's ability to shoot, rebound and defend. Plus, if she plays anything like how she did in the NCAA Championship game against Notre Dame then I'm sure Washington would be happy to have her.

12. Seattle Storm

Jeanette Pohlen, G, Stanford

Seattle has made a number of additions during the offseason but will still have its eyes set on some more perimeter play. With Svetlana Abrosimova, Abby Bishop, last year's first-round pick Alison Lacey and Jana Vesela not returning in 2011, Storm coach Brian Agler might be looking for Stanford's Jeanette Pohlen to make a big impression in training camp.