Sky Hoops with House
April 12, 2012

2012 WNBA DRAFT

It’s (almost) that time!

We are just a few days away from the 2012 WNBA Draft... I can’t wait!

I know many of you may be thinking because we were able to trade the #2 pick in this year’s draft for Swin Cash and Le’Coe Willingham, that Pokey hasn’t had her eye on who will be available to us with the #23 and #27 picks.... Don’t bet on it! Pokey has SlingBox in Russia. You already know she never sleeps. So... you know she was up watching games! Pokey always has a little trick up her sleeve. Be sure to tune into the draft coverage (from ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn with coverage beginning at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN2.) on Monday April 16, 2011 to see just what Pokey has planned!

Here is a quick preview of what you can expect on Monday,

FIRST ROUND

No one will be surprised when Renee Brown steps to the podium with LA’s first pick of Stanford forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike, an All-America the past three years. Nneke is clearly everyone’s favorite to go #1 this year.

After that? Who knows! Really. The phrase, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” is never truer than in this draft.

This draft has some very good athleticism, skill and talent, but the majority of teams seem to be looking for something specific to help their particular roster need. That’s why really after the #1 pick anyone could go anywhere.

While we may believe that Shekinna Stricklen will go to Seattle with the number two pick, Seattle may feel Shenise Johnson is a better fit for their needs, or Glory Johnson or Sammy Prahalis as the heir to Sue Bird. Those types of choices will be the beauty of this draft. Instead of trying to predict the unpredictable, let me give you a list of the players we think will go in the first 12 picks and let you guys gather around the water cooler and chat rooms and figure who goes where.

In alphabetical order:

Damiris Dantas do Amaral
Sasha Goodlett
Tiffany Hayes
Glory Johnson
Shenise Johnson
Natalie Novosel
Nnemkadi Ogwumike
Devereaux Peters
Samantha Prahalis
Shekinna Stricklen
Riquna Williams
Julie Wojta

SECOND ROUND

As unpredictable as round one will be, round two will be even more difficult to gauge.

The strategy in round two is always two fold: 1) What type of player does your roster still need? Each team is allowed to have 15 players in training camp. With the end of the play-offs in many countries extending past the start of the WNBA training camps on April 29th, many teams will look to use their second round selection to get an extra look at players before some other members of the team return from overseas. You never know... you just may find a sleeper in the second round. Remember Carolyn Swords was a second round selection for us in 2011!

2) Which is the best player left on the board? Every team gets out there and evaluates players all through out the college season, both live and on video. The second round is the time when your “homework” pays off... we all hope.

Twelve players that could be selected in the second round:

LaSondra Barrett | LSU
Vickie Baugh | Tennessee
Cierra Bravard | Florida State
Briana Gilbreath | USC
Sasha Goodlett | Georgia Tech
Courtney Hurt | VCU
Tavelyn James | Eastern Michigan
Jericka Jenkins | Hampton
Lynetta Kizer | Maryland
Kayla Standish | Gonzaga
Avery Warley | Liberty
Tyra White | Texas A&M

THIRD ROUND

Now don’t sleep on your third round picks! These are players that are hungry to make a team and when they come in physically ready to compete and prepared they have showed that they can get the job done. There have been some pretty good players in the third round over the years: Amaya Valdemoro, Pollyanna Johns, and Quacy Barnes in 1998. Dominique Canty, Taj McWilliams-Franklin, and Tamika Whitmore in 1999. Kayte Christensen in 2002. Cathy Joens and Jia Perkins in 2004. Cathrine Kraayeveld in 2005. Charde Houston in 2008. Alexis Gray-Lawson and Abi Olajuwon in 2010. Amy Jaeschke and Krystal Thomas in 2011.

Here are a few of the names you might see in the third round this year:

Anjale Barrett | Maryland
Laura Broomfield | UNC
Brittany Carter | Memphis
Sydney Carter | Texas A&M
Ashleigh Fontenette | Texas
Ashley Gayle | Texas
Jacki Gemelos | USC
Whitney Hood | Tennessee-Chattanooga
Amanda Johnson | Oregon
Lykendra Johnson | Michigan State
Justine Raterman | Dayton
Brittany Rayburn | Purdue
Monique Reid | Louisville
Kristina Santiago | Cal Poly

All right Sky fans! There you have it. You are ready for the 2012 WNBA draft on Monday. Let’s get some chat going, some buzz... what do you think?

Make sure you tune in on Monday and see the first major event of the 2012 WNBA season.

Catch up with you again next week so we can recap the draft!

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