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2010 Mock Draft as of March 24

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Reminder: This mock draft is strictly for entertainment purposes.

1. CONNECTICUT SUN
Tina Charles, C, Connecticut
While the top pick in the WNBA Draft was still a question mark this time a year ago, this time around it is only a formality for the Sun to officially take Charles and bring her from Storrs to Uncasville as the franchise's new face.

2. MINNESOTA LYNX
Jayne Appel, C, Stanford
The No. 2 overall pick is not quite so certain, and it's not unthinkable the Lynx would twice pass on Appel, but the most likely outcome is that the Stanford center - considered even with or ahead of Charles for much of their college careers - will go second.

3. MINNESOTA LYNX
Monica Wright, G, Virginia
With their other pick, the Lynx will likely add a perimeter player. Epiphanny Prince would fill more of a need because she could back up Lindsay Whalen at the point, but Candice Wiggins may be able to swing over. That would free up time at shooting guard for Wright, who is by consensus the third-best talent in this draft.

4. CHICAGO SKY
Alysha Clark, F, Middle Tennessee State
The first of two picks I consider major wild cards. The Sky's obvious need is at small forward, but there simply isn't a three rated this highly available. So does Chicago go for the best player available or reach a bit to fill a need? A trade is a possibility, but if the Sky stays put Clark is the player with the best chance of making an immediate impact.

5. SAN ANTONIO SILVER STARS
Epiphanny Prince, G, Rutgers
The Silver Stars may face a less severe need-vs.-talent dilemma. San Antonio will likely look to add youth and talent to its backcourt after the retirement of Vickie Johnson. Allison Hightower would be a great fit in San Antonio, but Prince's potential may be too difficult to pass up. Defending a backcourt of Prince and Becky Hammon could give opposing coaches heartburn.

6. WASHINGTON MYSTICS
Jacinta Monroe, F/C, Florida State
Wild card No. 2. The Mystics have long-term answers in place at four of the five positions, with plenty of depth on the perimeter. The most obvious spot to look with this pick, then, is a younger center to ultimately step in for the veteran duo of Chasity Melvin and Nakia Sanford, both of whom will turn 34 in May. Monroe would be a bit of a reach, but her versatility would allow her to back up Crystal Langhorne in the short term.

7. TULSA SHOCK
Andrea Riley, G, Oklahoma State
This pick makes too much sense. With the departure of Katie Smith, the Shock could stand to add a true point guard. Riley's athleticism makes her an interesting match for Nolan Richardson's style of play, and adding a popular player from nearby Stillwater couldn't hurt for Tulsa either.

8. LOS ANGELES SPARKS
Kalana Greene, G, Connecticut
With a veteran backcourt of Betty Lennox and Ticha Penicheiro, the Sparks could use some more youth at guard. Noelle Quinn's versatility allows L.A. to look at either position, and the best player available is Greene, the valuable third option for the undefeated Huskies.

9. ATLANTA DREAM
Kelsey Griffin, F, Nebraska
The Dream's needs are clearly in the frontcourt, though the ability of Sancho Lyttle and Chamique Holdsclaw to play multiple positions offers some options. Griffin might be a nice fit, and is good value at this point of the draft. The skilled Big 12 Player of the Year offers a nice contrast to the athletes Atlanta has acquired up front.

10. SEATTLE STORM
Alison Lacey, G, Iowa State
The multitalented Cyclones guard would give the Storm a reliable option behind Sue Bird at the point, and it can't hurt to add another Aussie, can it?

11. INDIANA FEVER
Allison Hightower, G, Louisiana State
The defending Eastern Conference champs would surely be thrilled to see Hightower on the board. She fills an immediate need as a backup shooting guard, since Tamecka Dixon retired over the winter, and has the defensive mindset Lin Dunn demands.

12. LOS ANGELES SPARKS
Jenna Smith, C, Illinois
With the retirement of Lisa Leslie, Vanessa Hayden and unproven LaToya Pringle are the lone centers left on the Los Angeles roster. Smith would offer some valuable size in the frontcourt as well as the ability to step out and score from the perimeter.