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:
2. Tan White
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.
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
2. Tan White
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.
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…
Wecker (San Antonio)
Batteast (New York)
Lobo’s 2005 WNBA Draft Prospect Tracker