YOU TOLD US WHO YOU WOULD DRAFT AT NO. 1 AND WHY
Fan Forum: Dunn for a Day
With the draft fast approaching on April 20, there are a lot of things to be considered, facts to be checked and decisions to be made.
This was your chance to add your two cents. WNBA.com dubbed you the Head Coach/GM of the Seattle Storm for a day. Now what are you going to do with all that power? You have the number one pick in the 2001 WNBA Draft and it is YOU who has the final say.
You let us know which player you'd select with the number one pick and why:
Lauren Jackson, definitely. Aside from her obvious talents and the fact that she's one of the best players in the world, the reason I would choose her is that she's a proven professional, and that gives her the edge over college stars who might not be able to successfully make the transition to the more physical and tougher play in the WNBA.
I would select Ruth Riley because she was outstanding in the championship game. She can play defense (shot blocking), and she also has a good post-up game. She can also make free throws, which is important because she is going to get fouled a lot because of her tight post-up game. That's why I would select Ruth Riley. She got game!
I would pick Lauren Jackson from Australia because she's tall and talented. Seattle needs someone to help Quacy Barnes and Edna Cambell in scoring. So if they pick Lauren Jackson they would be getting a rebounder, shooter, shot blocker, and a great passer all rolled up in one.
Jackie Stiles, because she is the most complete player. She showed the world in the national tournament that she is the best player in college basketball. She also will, apparently, always be a hard worker and gracious professional. She is what all pro athletes should aspire to be, as are most WNBA players. They are the best role models in sports, much better than their male counterparts.
Megan Franza! She is an awesome all-around player! She always gets the job done and shines under pressure!
I would choose Svetlana Abrosimova because she has a well-rounded game. Her exposure to playing against top players when she played in the Olympics and her attitude sets her in the #1 draft position. Svet is all of what Seattle Storm lacks and more Svet is the missing piece to Seattle's puzzle, fit her there and the Storm will be a complete picture.
Tamika Catchings would be my number one pick not only for her accomplishments on the court, but for those off the court as well. Besides being one of the top young players in the game, she is an extraordinary role model not only for young girls but for women and men of all ages. Not only did she become one of the top players in the game, but she did so while overcoming a hearing impairment at the same time. She's a great player who gives her all on the court for her team every play. She's going to be one of the top players in the WNBA and will be around for years to come.
Jackie Stiles. She is everything you want with the first pick. She is a team player and works her tail off to get better. She makes the people around her better.
I would pick Katie Douglas because she's a very inspirational player with her mother and father dying of cancer. You can tell she has the ability to overcome obstacles, so I know that she will be very successful during her WNBA career.
North Brunswick, NJ
I would pick Jackie Stiles from Southwest Missouri State with the first pick. I would select her because at anytime you can go to her and she will, nine times out of ten, score. She can also do some many things with the ball, she can shoot three's, she can penetrate, or pass. I think she takes over at a pivotal point in a game, like against Duke in the Sweet 16 she probably scored 18 points in about seven minutes, that is why I would select her as first pick.