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2010 Mock Draft as of March 31

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Kevin Pelton, stormbasketball.com | March 31, 2010
Following yesterday's three-team WNBA trade, an updated version of our first-round projection. Reminder: This mock draft is strictly for entertainment purposes.

1. CONNECTICUT SUN
Tina Charles, C, Connecticut
Charles is entering a big week. On Sunday and, presumably, Tuesday, she'll pursue a second consecutive championship. Then on Thursday her selection by the Sun No. 1 overall is almost a formality.

2. MINNESOTA LYNX
Jayne Appel, C, Stanford
The Lynx might have had an interesting choice had Amber Harris decided to declare for the draft. Failing that, and assuming Minnesota goes for one post player and one guard Appel is the choice.

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
Epiphanny Prince, G, Rutgers
By adding Shameka Christon and Cathrine Kraayeveld yesterday, the Sky shored up its frontcourt. Chicago would have had to consider another forward if Harris been available, but with her off the board Prince is the best talent available and could replace Kristi Toliver as the Sky's point guard of the future.

5. SAN ANTONIO SILVER STARS
Allison Hightower, G, Louisiana State
Hightower is the big riser in this mock draft, going from the 11th selection all the way to No. 5. With San Antonio likely to add some youth and athleticism to its backcourt, Kalana Greene is also in play, but Hightower's defensive mindset seems like a better fit for San Antonio.

6. WASHINGTON MYSTICS
Kelsey Griffin, F, Nebraska
I'm not sure it makes sense for the Mystics to pick a player who doesn't project as a starter with the sixth pick, but Griffin would fill an immediate need behind starting power forward Crystal Langhorne and is also good value who would give the team flexibility to make a move down the road.

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
Jacinta Monroe, F/C, Florida State
The Dream could use some size in the frontcourt behind All-Stars Erika De Souza and Sancho Lyttle. Either Monroe or Jenna Smith would complement the team's starters, who play primarily in the paint.

10. SEATTLE STORM
Jenna Smith, C, Illinois
Brian Agler has indicated that adding youth in the frontcourt is still a goal for the Storm, so Monroe or Smith could make sense with this pick. Their ability to play the high post opposite Lauren Jackson was something the Storm liked with Suzy Batkovic-Brown, who will not return this season.

11. INDIANA FEVER
Alysha Clark, F, Middle Tennessee State
Clark took the biggest fall in this mock draft, going from No. 4 to No. 11. The latter is a more appropriate spot for a player who will be something of a project because of her need to develop her perimeter skills but has major potential.

12. LOS ANGELES SPARKS
Danielle McCray, F, Kansas
With a pair of first-round picks, the Sparks could consider taking McCray with an eye toward 2011, when she should be able to return from a torn ACL. If the best post players are no longer on the board, that might be the best option for Los Angeles.