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  • WNBA DRAFT SET FOR APRIL 4
    By Dave Wohlhueter

    The 2007 WNBA collegiate draft will begin at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4, at the Renaissance Hotel in Cleveland. The first round will be televised by ESPN2.

    The draft will be held the day after the NCAA Division I championship will be decided for the second straight year. This will be preceded by the pre-draft camp at Cleveland State University on March 30-31.

    The Phoenix Mercury won the first overall selection during the WNBA draft lottery on Oct. 26, 2006. San Antonio and Chicago will get the second and third picks, followed by Minnesota and New York.

    This year's draft really doesn't have any super stars, but the flip side is that there is talent at all positions.

    Look for Phoenix to go big with its first selection. The Mercury is loaded in the backcourt or with wing players, and has the best offense in the league. Forward Kamilia Vodichkova is gone for the season due to pregnancy, and center Kristen Rasmussen was lost to Connecticut through free agency. The Gballmag.com prediction is that Coach Paul Westhead will select Ohio State senior center Jessica Davenport, a three-time Big Ten Player of the Year award winner. She averaged 18.7 ppg. and 8.9 rpg. in her final season. Because of Phoenix's fast-paced offense, the only question about Davenport is her mobility.

    San Antonio, with its second pick, will probably select Duke point guard Lindsey Harding, the Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in the ACC. She can do it all, including playing defense. The Silver Stars lost Shannon Johnson to free agency, so a point guard is definitely a need.

    Choosing third, Chicago needs a lot of everything being a relatively newcomer to the league. Power forward Bernice Mosby of Baylor is highly thought of by WNBA coaches, and would be a good choice for the Sky, although maybe not this high.

    Minnesota, that got the No. 1 pick last year and did well with super guard Seimone Augustus, has a young lineup. Forward Carla Thomas of Vanderbilt is a workhorse who has a big body, but can still run the court well. She is an excellent rebounder who would help Minnesota in that area.

    New York, picking No. 5, has needed help up front for years, but might not want to pass on Ole Miss guard Armintie Price, who had a great NCAA tournament. Price is only the second player in NCAA history to have 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 400 assists, and 400 steals.

    This leaves many outstanding players who could still figure in the top 1-5 picks. It will be a fun time come April 5, when the coaches and general managers finally reveal their hands.

    Gballmag.com will analyze how the teams did with their selections on April 18.




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