2009 WNBA.com Mock Draft - as of April 4
By Brian Martin, WNBA.com

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.

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1. Atlanta Dream

Angel McCoughtry, F, Louisville

For a team that still needs a little bit of everything, McCoughtry is a player that does a little bit of everything and does it well. The 6-1 forward has been compared to the legendary Sheryl Swoopes for her defensive prowess as well as her scoring ability on the offensive end. While this draft does not have the clear-cut No. 1 pick like last year's draft, McCoughtry has been the closest thing to a consensus No. 1 pick.

2. Washington Mystics

Courtney Paris, C, Oklahoma

Two of Washington's biggest needs after the 2008 season were at point guard and center and they have addressed both positions this offseason by trading for Lindsey Harding and signing Chasity Melvin as a free agent. While Harding may be the point guard of the future in Washington, Melvin is a 10-year veteran, which means the Mystics still need a long term answer in the paint. Here they find Courtney Paris, who was a double-double machine at Oklahoma.

3. Chicago Sky

Marissa Coleman, G/F, Maryland

The Sky has arguably the most pro-ready player drop to them at No. 3 with Marissa Coleman from Maryland. 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. Adding Coleman alongside Candice Dupree and Sylvia Fowles and the Sky has their frontline for the forseeable future.

4. Minnesota Lynx

DeWanna Bonner, G, Auburn

I can see Minnesota going with one of the point guards here, but after brining in Kelly Miller in the offseason, I have the Lynx grabbing one of the most unique talents in the draft in DeWanna Bonner. She 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.

5. Phoenix Mercury

Renee Montgomery, G, Connecticut

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 dominant point guards in this draft class. While Kristi Toliver is tempting with her shooting ability in the Phoenix offense, I see the Mercury taking Montgomery, a natural point guard and leader that can distribute the ball to the two highest scoring players in the league in Diana Taurasi and Cappie Pondexter.

6. Indiana Fever

Kristi Toliver, G, Maryland

If Toliver drops this far, I think the Fever find a perfect match for what they need in this draft. While Tully Bevilaqua returns to the Fever at the point, she will turn 37 this season, so Indiana must look at her future replacement. In Toliver they not only get an outstanding point guard with a high basketball IQ and playmaking ability, they also get arguably the best outside shooter in this draft class that can add scoring punch to the third-lowest scoring team in the league last year.

7. Sacramento Monarchs

Briann January, G, Arizona State

Another pick, another point guard, another terrific fit. With Ticha Penicheiro, the Monarchs have had one of the games all-time great point guards for the last 11 seasons, but at the age of 34, it is time to start looking for her successor. Briann January gives the Monarchs a top-rate defensive guard that can play both the point and the shooting guard spots if needed.

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

Kia Vaughn, C, Rutgers

With their second pick of the first round, I see the Lynx grabbing a post player with this pick to add to their frontline depth and help replace the departed Nicole Ohlde and Vanessa Hayden. There are a number of choices here with Chante Black, Ashley Walker and Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton still on the board, but I have selected Kia Vaughn, who has shown flashes of brilliance while at Rutgers. The 6-4 center has a pro-ready body and could contribute right away.

10. Connecticut Sun

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 Sun 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.

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

Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton, F, Purdue

Yes, I know that L.A. needs a point guard, but by selecting this late in the first round, the Sparks need to grab the best player available here and I see them going with Purdue's Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton. The 6-2 post player can play with her back to the basket, but is at her best when she is facing up. With Lisa Leslie announcing that this is her final season and Tina Thompson contemplating retirement after each season, the Sparks could use some depth along the frontline as they look to the future.