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2010 Mock Draft as of April 7

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Kevin Pelton, stormbasketball.com | April 7, 2010
The day before the WNBA Draft, the final version of our first-round projection. Reminder: This mock draft is strictly for entertainment purposes.

1. CONNECTICUT SUN
Tina Charles, C, Connecticut
During the Final Four, Charles took on the best centers the NCAA has to offer in Brittney Griner and Jayne Appel and outplayed them both. She's ready to take the step to the next level and has the potential to be one of the WNBA's best post players from day one.

2. MINNESOTA LYNX
Jayne Appel, C, Stanford
Of course, the caveat from the championship game is that Appel was nowhere near 100 percent. She especially labored after reinjuring her right ankle during the game. It was an unfortunate end to what was a great college career for Appel, but it shouldn't be held against her by WNBA teams. Hopefully Appel can take some time off before the start of training camp and get healthy.

3. MINNESOTA LYNX
Monica Wright, G, Virginia
While Appel's status remains something of a question mark, a consensus has developed that the Lynx will spend one of their picks on Wright, the best all-around prospect in the draft. She should be able to instantly contribute at both ends on the perimeter.

4. CHICAGO SKY
Epiphanny Prince, G, Rutgers
Is Prince a point guard? In Chicago, it might not matter as much, since she and Jia Perkins/Dominique Canty could share ballhandling duties. Of course, the same logic would apply with Kristi Toliver, who is apparently out of favor. Still, Prince is the most logical selection for the Sky and probably the best talent available.

5. SAN ANTONIO SILVER STARS
Allison Hightower, G, Louisiana State
I could see the Silver Stars taking Kelsey Griffin, a polished player with some similarities to the retired Erin Perperoglou. San Antonio's more pressing need, however, is in the backcourt. Of the available shooting guards, including UConn's Kalana Greene, Hightower's skill set best matches San Antonio's emphasis on defense and outside shooting.

6. WASHINGTON MYSTICS
Jacinta Monroe, F/C, Florida State
Barring a surprise the Mystics are probably choosing between Griffin and Monroe here. I've had them selecting both players, but ultimately I think Monroe's ability to potentially play center makes her the more likely choice.

7. CONNECTICUT SUN
Kelsey Griffin, F, Nebraska
Connecticut's last-minute deal for a second first-round pick shook up the draft slightly today. Because the Sun has several multipositional players, need isn't a huge factor here. I think Connecticut would probably ideally like to add another youngster to the frontcourt, where reserves DeMya Walker and Tamika Whitmore (both 32, but with a lot of miles) are aging. Griffin would be good value here. (As for Kalana Greene, shooting guard is one position it will be hard for the Sun to find minutes with Kara Lawson, Anete Jekabsone-Zogota and Tan White. So I don't see Connecticut going to Storrs again.)

8. LOS ANGELES SPARKS
Kalana Greene, G, Connecticut
Either Jennifer Gillom is bluffing or she doesn't mind other teams knowing that the Sparks want to add a shooting guard. That could be difficult if both Greene and Hightower are off the board, but otherwise L.A.'s choice should be pretty easy.

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

10. SEATTLE STORM
Alison Lacey, G, Iowa State
If the Storm wants to go point guard, the Connecticut-Tulsa trade may give the team a choice between Big 12 standouts Lacey and Andrea Riley (who went to the Shock in both previous mock drafts). As a backup to play alongside Sue Bird at times, Lacey seems the better fit for the Storm's needs.

11. INDIANA FEVER
Jené Morris, San Diego State
The Fever's most obvious need is at shooting guard, and Morris is familiar with the kind of pressure defense Indiana plays. At this point in the draft, she would not be a reach. And to the extent that her size is a question mark, Briann January's ability to defend either guard position is a positive.

12. LOS ANGELES SPARKS
Chanel Mokango, C, Mississippi State
The Sparks have to be thinking size with their second pick. Mokango's stock seems to be on the rise, to the point where she will attend the draft tomorrow. That's a good sign that she figures to go either in the first round or early in the second. Alternatively, L.A. could go for Riley, who would be great value at the end of the first round.