2009 WNBA.com Mock Draft 2.0
By Brian Martin, WNBA.com

On the eve of the 2009 WNBA Draft, it is time to present my final mock draft, aptly titled WNBA.com Mock Draft 2.0.

The biggest movements come at the top of the board with Connecticut's Renee Montgomery jumping to No. 1 following her outstanding play in the NCAA Tournament. I may be reading too much into it, but I feel she has left the best impression on teams and would be hard to resist with her combination of skill and leadership. There is some additional re-shuffling within the top five as you will see below.

Let me know what you think of my picks and post your own mock draft in the 2009 WNBA Draft thread in Fan Voice. You can also check out my first mock draft to see how the two compare to each other.

Disclaimer: This is just one editor's opinion as to what may occur on Thursday at the 2009 WNBA Draft and should NOT be deemed as an official mock draft of the league.

1. Atlanta Dream

Renee Montgomery, G, Connecticut

Despite having point guards Ivory Latta and Nikki Teasley already on their roster, I have the Atlanta Dream taking UConn’s Renee Montgomery with the first overall pick. Montgomery and the Huskies completed their perfect season last night and while Tina Charles was named the Most Outstanding Player, there is no doubt that Montgomery was the leader of that team. By taking Montgomery here, Atlanta locks up its point guard for this season and beyond.

2. Washington Mystics

Marissa Coleman, F, Maryland

The Mystics sit in a nice position here with the choice of two outstanding small forwards in Marissa Coleman and Angel McCoughtry. I see Washington taking Coleman, a local product from the University of Maryland and arguably the most pro-ready player in the draft. The 6-1 forward is an outstanding athlete and a multi-dimensional player that can drive to the basket, pull up with a solid mid-range jumper and can also shoot the three.

3. Chicago Sky

Angel McCoughtry, F, Louisville

Whichever player the Mystics do not take will be scooped up by the Sky at No. 3. Adding McCoughtry alongside Candice Dupree and Sylvia Fowles will give Chicago a formidable frontline for the future. The 6-1 forward has been compared to the legendary Sheryl Swoopes for her defensive prowess and also has the ability score the ball on the offensive end, averaging 23.5 point per game as a senior.

4. Minnesota Lynx

Courtney Paris, C, Oklahoma

I can see Minnesota going with a point guard here and grabbing Kristi Toliver, but after brining in Kelly Miller in the offseason, I have the Lynx taking one of the most dominant post players that women’s college basketball has ever seen in Courtney Paris. A double-double machine at Oklahoma, Paris will add to the Lynx’s frontline depth alongside last year’s pick Nicky Anosike.

5. Phoenix Mercury

Kristi Toliver, G, Maryland

After trading veteran point guard Kelly Miller, the Mercury acquired another by trading a future draft pick for Temeka Johnson, but I still see them going after one of the talented point guards in this draft class and taking Maryland’s Kristi Toliver. Toliver not only brings playmaking ability and a high basketball IQ, but is also arguably the best outside shooter in this draft class and in Phoenix’s offense, you can always use more shooters.

6. Indiana Fever

Briann January, G, Arizona State

While Tully Bevilaqua returns to the Fever at the point, she will turn 37 this season, so Indiana must look at her future replacement and Briann January fits the bill. January gives the Fever another top-rate defensive player to go along with Tamika Catchings and Katie Douglas and she can play both the point and the shooting guard spots if needed.

7. Sacramento Monarchs

DeWanna Bonner, G, Auburn

If one of the three point guards drops to No. 7, I expect Sacramento would grab one of them as the future replacement for Ticha Penicheiro. If those players are off the board, I see Sacramento going after the best player available with this pick and selecting DeWanna Bonner. One of the most unique talents in the draft, Bonner stands 6-4, but plays more like a guard than a forward. There are some concerns about her slight frame, but she has the ability to create all kinds of matchup problems with her versatility and speed.

8. New York Liberty

Shavonte Zellous, G, Pittsburgh

While the Liberty do not have a glaring need at the shooting guard slot, I have them grabbing Zellous in this spot to add to the young, deep core of talent in New York. Zellous is a flat-out scorer and would compliment sophomore-to-be Essence Carson at the shooting guard. While Carson brings outstanding defense with a splash of offense, Zellous would provide some offensive firepower to the Liberty backcourt.

9. Minnesota Lynx

Ashley Walker, F/C, California

At this point in the draft, teams may begin to take the best player available, regardless of position. I see the Lynx selecting Ashley Walker from Cal at this spot to add depth to their frontline. Walker may be a little undersized to play the power forward at just 6-1, but she has yet to let her lack of height stop her from being effective in the post. She has solid hands and footwork around the basket and knows how to finish.

10. Connecticut Sun

Kia Vaughn, C, Rutgers

Much like Marissa Coleman, Kia Vaughn from Rutgers has a pro-ready body and could contribute right away. Adding Vaughn to the frontline rotation of Asjha Jones, Tamika Whitmore and Sandrine Gruda will give the Sun nice depth in the post. Vaughn would bring a solid back to the basket player on offense and a physical presence in the paint on defense.

11. Detroit Shock

Lyndra Littles, F, Virginia

Bill Laimbeer has a tendency to have very good players drop to him at the No. 11 spot - Ivory Latta in 2007, Tasha Humphrey in 2008 - and this year should be no different as Virginia's Lyndra Littles remains on the board as the Shock make their selection. While Detroit could use some young backcourt talent to help Katie Smith and Deanna Nolan get some rest, I see them taking Littles here and either using her off of the bench or parlaying her into another player like they did with Latta and Humphrey the past two years.

12. Seattle Storm

Chante Black, C, Duke

The Storm are in one of the toughest positions at this year's draft because they do not have a definitive answer on what they have and what they need with free agent Lauren Jackson still undecided about where she will play next season. If she returns, then the Storm are solid on the frontline and could use this pick elsewhere. However, with the possibility of Jackson's departure, I see the Storm grabbing a post player here and going with Duke's Chante Black, a 6-5 athletic forward that can make an impact on both ends of the floor.

13. Los Angeles Sparks

Shalee Lehning, G, Kansas State

The Sparks are in need of help at the point guard position, especially after recently trading Temeka Johnson. While the top three point guards will be off the board at the end of the first round, Shalee Lehning should still be available for the Sparks to take. Lehning is one of the top playmakers in this draft class and that is all you need when you have so many stars to pass to in Lisa Leslie, Candace Parker, DeLisha Milton-Jones and the recently acquired Tina Thompson.