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2011 Mock Draft as of April 11

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Kevin Pelton, StormBasketball.com | April 11, 2011
Reminder: This mock draft is strictly for entertainment purposes.

1. MINNESOTA LYNX
Maya Moore, SF, Connecticut
It's now just a matter of minutes before the Lynx officially have Moore in the fold.

2. TULSA SHOCK
Elizabeth Cambage, C, Australia
After arriving in the U.S., Cambage told WNBA.com that comments about her not wanting to play in Tulsa were "taken so out of context." That kerfuffle behind us, Cambage and the Shock can focus on improving on the court.

3. CHICAGO SKY
Amber Harris, PF, Xavier
The Vandersloot notion is intriguing, but ultimately I don't see how the Sky can pass up a player so perfect for the team's needs as Harris. She'd likely step into a starting position right away as part of a strong five-player lineup with room to grow together.

4. MINNESOTA LYNX
Jantel Lavender, C, Ohio State
Now that Nicky Anosike has been traded to Washington, Minnesota needs a young player to eventually supplant Taj McWilliams in the middle. Lavender is an ideal fit for that role as the most talented true post in the draft.

5. LOS ANGELES SPARKS
Courtney Vandersloot, PG, Gonzaga
Other Los Angeles needs might be more pressing, but if Vandersloot is still on the board I think the Sparks will get the long-term solution at the point they've been searching for since dealing Temeka Johnson. Vandersloot would get a chance to learn from the best in WNBA career assist leader Ticha Penicheiro.

6. SAN ANTONIO SILVER STARS
Danielle Robinson, PG, Oklahoma
If the draft plays out like this, to me San Antonio's decision comes down to Robinson and Kayla Pedersen. Both players would provide a needed infusion of youth on the perimeter, though Robinson would do more to give the Silver Stars the athleticism they've lacked in recent years. I wouldn't be surprised by either pick.

7. TULSA SHOCK
Victoria Dunlap, PF, Kentucky
Tulsa's pick hinges on whether Robinson is still on the board. If not, I think Dunlap is the best fit athletically for the up-tempo style of play Nolan Richardson is trying to create with the Shock

8. ATLANTA DREAM
Kayla Pedersen, F, Stanford
Other teams could probably use Pedersen's combination of size and skill more than the Dream, but if the Stanford forward is still on the board this late, I don't see how Atlanta could pass on her.

9. INDIANA FEVER
Jeanette Pohlen, G, Stanford
The Fever would be happy to see things play out such that Indiana has a choice between Jasmine Thomas and Pohlen to fill the backup spot at point guard. I've got a feeling Pohlen's size is going to entice a general manager to take her somewhere in the top 10.

10. NEW YORK LIBERTY
Ta'Shia Phillips, C, Xavier
With McWilliams' departure, New York could use more size in the middle. Phillips would compete with fellow first-round pick Kia Vaughn for the role of heir apparent at center.

11. WASHINGTON MYSTICS
Danielle Adams, PF, Texas A&M
Adams has earned a spot in the first round with her performance during the NCAA Tournament. It's just difficult to see where she might fit. Adams doesn't really fit a need for the Mystics, who have question marks at the point with Lindsey Harding unsigned, but she's unquestionably talented.

12. SEATTLE STORM
Carolyn Swords, C, Boston College
Besides best player available, I suspect with the 12th pick the Storm will be considering players who complement the talent already on the roster. Swords would be an interesting addition, giving the team more height in the frontcourt with the combination of some ability to step away from the basket and make shots. That type of player has worked well with Lauren Jackson in the past.

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