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2012 WNBA Draft: Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Players Who Will Dominate at Next Level

PALO ALTO, CA - DECEMBER 20:  Nnemkadi Ogwumike #30 of the Stanford Cardinal in action against the Tennessee Lady Volunteers at Maples Pavilion on December 20, 2011 in Palo Alto, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Austin GreenCorrespondent IApril 14, 2012

Brittney Griner decided to return to school, but the 2012 WNBA Draft class is still loaded with talent.

From lightning-quick point guards to sharpshooting 2-guards to versatile post players, there are numerous prospects who can dominate in the pros.

With the draft just a few days away, let's take a quick look at the top players available.

 

Nnemkadi Ogwumike, PF, Stanford

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - APRIL 3:  Nnemkadi Ogwumike #30 of the Stanford Cardinal controls the ball against the Texas A&M Aggies during the 2011 NCAA Women's Final Four at Conseco Fieldhouse on April 3, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Gett
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With Griner back at Baylor, Ogwumike has the first overall pick on lock.

The unanimous First-Team All-American was dominant in her senior season, putting up 22.5 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. She led Stanford to a 35-2 record and an appearance in the Final Four, where they lost to Griner and eventual champion Baylor.

The 6'2" Ogwumike is versatile enough to play multiple positions, so she shouldn't have trouble finding playing time on a Los Angeles Sparks team that has already made numerous offseason acquisitions.

Look for Ogwumike to settle in nicely in L.A. and form an unstoppable frontcourt duo with Candace Parker.

 

Glory Johnson, PF, Tennessee

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Tennessee is a women's basketball factory, and Johnson is one of their most prized products.

She had 37 career double-doubles in college, good for third in Volunteer history. Last season, she boosted her draft stock by averaging 14.2 points and 9.9 rebounds per game.

She also proved that she won't shy away on the big stage. Against Griner and Baylor in the Elite Eight, Johnoson had one of her best games of the season, going for a monster 19 points and 14 rebounds.

She will be a great asset to whichever team picks her up.

 

Shenise Johnson, SG, Miami

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Photo courtesy of hurricanesports.cstv.com

Shenise Johnson is just insanely talented.

The versatile 5'11" guard is only the second woman in NCAA Division-I history to finish with more than 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 500 assists and 400 steals. Last year, she put up 17 points, eight rebounds and 4.4 assists per game.

Don't be surprised if she continues to fill out the stat sheet in the WNBA.

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