April 15 - 9:25 p.m. Okay, so here is my final, final mock Draft heading into tomorrow's actual Draft. Real simple, here it goes:

1. Janel McCarville
2.
Tan White
3. Kara Braxton
4.
Sandora Irvin
5. Temeka Johnson
6. Kendra Wecker
7. Sancho Lyttle
8.
Katie Feenstra
9.
Roneeka Hodges
10.
Jacqueline Batteast
11.
Kristen Mann
12.
Tanisha Wright
13. Kristin Haynie


April 14 - WNBA coaches and GMs took their last look at the contestants in the pre-draft basketball pageant this past weekend. While the winner isn't crowned as the number one pick until Saturday, many players got a chance to show their goods.

Kara Braxton let everyone know that she would be ready to play this summer after having her son in mid-January. While she's not in game-shape yet, she should be ready to go after a couple of weeks of training camp.

Other players who "showed" well over the weekend include: SHYRA ELY, ASHLEY BATTLE, KRISTEN MANN, JAMIE CAREY, DEE DEE WHEELER, and ANGELINA WILLIAMS. Ely could go in the first round while the others improved their stock for later rounds.

It's almost impossible to keep a pulse on how this draft will unfold. A few trades might happen before Saturday but some might occur while the selections are being made. As a result, we won't know if teams are picking for themselves or for trading purposes. With that in mind -- here's my latest mock draft.

1. Janel McCarville
2.
Tan White
3.
Sandora Irvin
4.
Kendra Wecker
5.
Temeka Johnson
6.
Sancho Lyttle
7.
Kara Braxton
8.
Katie Feenstra
9.
Roneeka Hodges
10.
Dionnah Jackson
11.
Kristen Mann
12.
Tanisha Wright
13.
Jacqueline Batteast


April 9 - While baseball has its “hot stove” off season of trades and rumors of trades, this time of year might as well be the “warm oven” for the WNBA. Trade winds are blowing. At least that's what I've been told. (Of course, the great thing about coaches and GMs when it comes to the draft is that they won't tell you what they are planning on doing but don't mind dishing the dirt on the rumors spreading around the league.)

So there's talk that Charlotte might trade the top pick for a good young post player or Minnesota could trade up to get McCarville. (Will it be different from last year when they couldn't convince Connecticut to trade the #3 pick so they could snatch Lindsay Whalen?) Will Yo Griffith be back in Sac-town? Will Sheryl Swoopes still be a Comet? Heck if I know. Will Connecticut trade number 8 for an established post or pick a young center instead? Will Washingotn keep #6 and #13 or find a veteran to complement Alana Beard now that Chamique Holdsclaw is in L.A? I guess we'll just have to stay tuned (or linked) to WNBA.com to keep track of everything that happens before draft day.

The pre-draft camp this weekend will help coaches answer some questions. Most eyes will be on Kara Braxton to determine where her game is after not playing for 14 months (she left Georgia's team halfway through the '03-'04 season and recently had a baby). How she plays will help shape this draft because she has the potential to be a stud. Below is my mock draft but I'm sure things will change after this weekend. Better keep the oven mitts on…

1. Janel McCarville (Charlotte)
2. Tan White (Indiana)
3. Sandora Irvin (Phoenix)
4. Kendra Wecker (San Antonio)
5. Dionnah Jackson (Houston)
6. Temeka Johnson (Washington)
7. Sancho Lyttle (Detroit)
8. Kara Braxton (Connecticut)
9. Tanisha Wright (Sacramento)
10. Jacqueline Batteast (New York)
11. Shyra Ely (Minnesota)
12. Katie Feenstra (Seattle)
13. Catherine Kraayeveld (Washington)

Rebecca Lobo’s 2005 WNBA Draft Prospect Tracker