After failing to qualify for the WNBA playoffs in their first five seasons, the Minnesota Lynx have qualified for the postseason in each of the last two seasons. However, the Lynx finished last season with a 3-5 mark in September and were swept by eventual champion Seattle in the first round of the playoffs. So where does Lynx coach Suzie McConnell Serio take her team from here? With two top picks in last year's Draft, the youth movement may already be underway.

Q. How have you been preparing for the upcoming WNBA Draft?
"We watch a lot of games on TV, do some traveling so we can see certain players play in person and watch a lot of video. We are getting ready to attend the Final Four so we can see the players play in the college all-star game and then we'll head to the pre-draft camp in New York."

Q. When do you start getting prepared for the draft?
"We actually started preparing at the end of last season. We talked about players that we had an interest in and that is when we made our plans to see certain players in person. We went through the list of players and talked about whom we thought was a first round pick, a second round pick and so on, so we started with conversations after last season, with many of them ongoing."

The Lynx have the 11th overall pick on April 16.
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Q. Are there specific areas or holes/weaknesses are you looking to bolster with your picks?
"We are basically looking for depth right now. We feel very confident with the players that we have as far as the core of players coming back from last year's team, players that made great contributions. We have great veterans that provide us with leadership and had a great group of rookies so we are basically looking for players that can come in and provide us with some depth."

Q. What are the most important traits you look for in prospects?
"Obviously, the No. 1 thing we look for is talent. But we also look at demeanor on the floor. We look at how the player acts and reacts with her teammates, we look at coachability and personality. We look to see if a player is the type that wants the ball in her hands at the end of a game and one that steps it up in big games."

Q. What players that you have seen have impressed you the most so far?
"A number of players have been impressive, not that we will have the luxury of drafting them this year. Players like Kendra Wecker, Janel McCarville, Tan White and Sandora Irvin are four players that come to mind."

Q. With your pick, are you targeting a specific player, a position, or will you take the best available players?
"Probably the best player available. Going into the draft last year, we knew that we had needs but this year if there is a player on the board that gives us depth on the perimeter, that is probably the route we will take. Obviously, it really depends on how the draft unfolds."

Q. What prospects do you feel can or will make an immediate impact in the League this season?
"Usually the players that are going to be the top two or three picks in the draft are going to teams with needs. So those players you can look at as players who will come in and probably start thus making an impact as a rookie. McCarville, Wecker, Irvin and White are all players that will probably fall into that category."

Q. How important is the NCAA Tournament in helping you make last minute decisions?
"As WNBA coaches, we see these players all year long so we really know them pretty well. The one thing you can look for in a player during the tournament is someone who has been very instrumental in their team's run. Katie Feenstra has been one of those players, playing for a team that, coming in, had never won a NCAA Tournament game and they make it to the Sweet 16 as a No. 13 seed. Another way the tourney can help you is by being on TV, especially for the smaller schools. On the other hand, I don't think that playing poorly in the tournament will hurt a player when it comes to the draft."

Q. How does this year's Draft compare to previous ones?
"The top 5 picks I think will be comparable to last year's draft. This year's draft probably won't be as deep. For example, we had four rookies make our team a year ago, two first rounders, a second and a third. There could be some sleepers that end up making a roster but overall I would say that it isn't as deep as previous years."

Q. Are you looking to trade or considering trading picks/players?
"It is something that you always consider. It is not, however, something that we are currently looking to do right now but if there is an offer that we couldn't refuse, an offer that would improve our team, then we would consider it."

Q. Does foreign scouting consume a lot of your time in the offseason?
"Not much of it, as far as traveling. We really rely on watching tape and through word-of-mouth when it comes to overseas recruiting."

Q. With free agency as an option now, are you more likely to fill needs through the Draft, free agency, or trades?
"We consider all options. Free agency definitely gives you the option to pursue players to improve your team but the draft is something that we prepare heavily for."