BOSTON, April 5 -- The selections are in and a new class of graduating seniors now knows where it will be playing next season. WNBA.com spoke to the experts to get their take on how the 2006 WNBA Draft unfolded.

Doris Burke, WNBA Broadcaster

What was your reaction to this year's Draft?

The top five selections celebrate.
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Doris Burke: Teams evaluated personnel over the long haul. They looked at what they need, especially after the top four picks. We knew this was a top heavy draft. We knew it'd be Seimone, Cappie, Monique and Sophia, in that order.

The question after that was what did you need? I think the team that really did well, and you wondered what kind of value they could get late in this draft, was Sacramento, which got exactly what it needed. Kim Smith is a very good basketball player. Played in a motion offense, understands systems, unselfish and can shoot the ball, which is exactly what coach John Whisenant likes. Scholanda Hoston, was just a great selection. Everything they lost in Chelsea Houston, except maybe a little bit of toughness, Scholanda has. She's longer and a better athlete, and shoots the deep ball a little bit more.

Any developments surprise you?

DB: We had heard Sherill Baker might go as high as No. 5. New York got a steal. For whatever reason, if it was injury or just failure to project, she slipped. New York's recent draft picks haven't been great. Baker, to me, is a player with tremendous upside. She's got the ability to defend, led the nation in steals and has quick hands and quick feet. She changes the game with her ability to guard people, especially on the ball pressure. Now that you think about it – her offense, her ability to shoot the ball from mid-range – provides help to Becky Hammon immediately.

Seimone could be an impact player.
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Which draftees will be impact players as rookies?

DB: I think the two at the top are really special players. Seimone is a player who moves incredibly well without the ball. I think she'll be a double-digit scorer, starter-type. And the best thing about Seimone is – with 132 double-figure scoring games in 140 tries in college – is consistency. In a rookie, that is highly unusual.

Cappie goes to a team in Phoenix that now has two decision makers in herself and Diana. Having two people who can value the basketball and understand what you're trying to do is immensely helpful.

Rebecca Lobo, ESPN Analyst and Former Player

What was your reaction to this year's Draft?

Rebecca Lobo: We've got another influx of great players. You'll consider to see the rosters turn over because we have great young talent coming into the league and a couple of superstars in Seimone and Cappie. Monique has to potential to be one, as does Sophia.

Were there any surprises in the Draft?

RL: A little bit. I was surprised that Ann Strother went in the second round and I was surprised Megan Duffy fell all the way to the third because there had been some talk about her in the first.

Who's your pick for Rookie of the Year?

RL: You've got some great rookies, but I am going to go with Cappie because I think Diana Taurasi will bring out the best in her.

Cappie will support Taurasi in Phoenix.
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Everyone brings something different. Cappie and Seimone can both create their own shot. Then you have Sophia Young, who is more of a post player, who can also create. It wasn't really a point guard draft or a post draft – no theme – but I felt teams filled needs.

Reneé Brown, WNBA Chief of Basketball Operations and Player Relations

What was your reaction to this year's Draft?

Reneé Brown: I think it was a great draft, and teams really looked at their positional needs, and drafted toward that.

I think every team helped themselves a lot. I believe each team was able to walk away with one or two very good players that can help them this upcoming season.

Were there any surprises in the Draft?

RB: There was one big surprise for me -- Megan Duffy, I thought she'd go higher in the Draft. But one that I was happy about because she totally deserved it was where Barbara Turner went. She really went through the NCAA playoffs and just elevated her game, which elevated her ability to drafted.

Which draftees will be impact players as rookies?

RB: I definitely think Seimone Augustus is going to be a great impact player. And I think Cappie's ability to play alongside Taurasi will make the Phoenix Mercury better.