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2011 Mock Draft as of April 4

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Kevin Pelton, StormBasketball.com | April 4, 2011
Reminder: This mock draft is strictly for entertainment purposes.

1. MINNESOTA LYNX
Maya Moore, SF, Connecticut
While Moore's career did not end the way she hoped in a loss to Notre Dame last night in the Final Four, she should get some consolation out of starting her WNBA career as the top overall pick next Monday.

2. TULSA SHOCK
Elizabeth Cambage, C, Australia
Cambage muddied the waters by reiterating last week that she would prefer not to play in Tulsa and wants to start her WNBA career with the Los Angeles Sparks. Shock Head Coach Nolan Richardson responded in last week's conference call with reporters by saying, "We have to move on and not let any player dictate any position from a standpoint of where they should play or where they won’t play." Translation? Looks like Tulsa is still going with Cambage and will then sort things out.

3. CHICAGO SKY
Courtney Vandersloot, PG, Gonzaga
No question this pick would be a surprise, especially given Chicago's depth in the backcourt with Jia Perkins and Epiphanny Prince. However, Vandersloot's NCAA Tournament run has opened eyes in the WNBA to the point where on pure talent, she could be considered the best player available after Moore and Cambage.

4. MINNESOTA LYNX
Amber Harris, PF, Xavier
Center is a bigger need for the Lynx than power forward, but Rebekkah Brunson's ability to slide over and play the five spot at times gives Minnesota the flexibility to take Harris if she is still on the board. By this point, Harris would clearly be the best player available.

5. LOS ANGELES SPARKS
Jantel Lavender, C, Ohio State
The Sparks have yet to truly replace Lisa Leslie's presence in the paint. Candace Parker and Tina Thompson are naturally power forwards, not centers. Adding Lavender, a post-up threat with size, would allow them to play more of that position and less against bigger players in the middle.

6. SAN ANTONIO SILVER STARS
Kayla Pedersen, F, Stanford
Pedersen just seems like a San Antonio player. It's not that the Silver Stars took her former teammate Jayne Appel in the first round last April. Instead, Pedersen's combination of size, skill and heady play is a familiar recipe in San Antonio. Consider her a more talented version of former Silver Stars small forward Erin Perperoglou who would help San Antonio on the glass.

7. TULSA SHOCK
Danielle Robinson, PG, Oklahoma
The Shock has been searching for both a point guard and a hometown star. Robinson would compete with former Oklahoma State rival Andrea Riley to fill both roles. At this point, Robinson is arguably the best talent available, so her selection would make sense on its own merits independent of where she went to school.

8. ATLANTA DREAM
Victoria Dunlap, F, Kentucky
The Dream might go into the draft with fewer positions of true "need" than any other team in the league. Atlanta brings back basically everyone from the team that reached the WNBA Finals last season, freeing Marynell Meadors to consider almost every position. At this point, the athletic Dunlap - who could back up both forward positions - is arguably the best player on the board.

9. INDIANA FEVER
Jasmine Thomas, PG, Duke
With the departure of Tully Bevilaqua, Indiana's biggest need is at the point. Backup Briann January could step into the starting lineup, but the Fever doesn't have a replacement for January. Thomas would give them that and more of an offensive presence from the position.

10. NEW YORK LIBERTY
Jeanette Pohlen, G, Stanford
During the conference call, John Whisenant said he hoped Pohlen would drop to 10. He may have been blowing smoke, but it's easy to see why the Liberty would like Pohlen. Her size would add a different dimension to a New York backcourt that starts 5-5 Leilani Mitchell and 5-9 Cappie Pondexter.

11. WASHINGTON MYSTICS
Ta'Shia Phillips, C, Xavier
The Mystics would surely be thrilled to see Phillips slip to 11th, given their glaring need for size in the frontcourt following the loss of veteran Nakia Sanford. Phillips would give Washington a potential replacement for the aging Chasity Melvin in the middle.

12. SEATTLE STORM
Jessica Breland, PF, North Carolina
If she's still on the board at the end of the first round, Breland would fit well with the Storm because of her ability to step away from the basket on offense and her length at the defensive end of the floor. Since the Storm wouldn't necessarily need immediate contributions, Breland would have time to add strength after her battle with Hodgkin's lymphoma.

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