2012 WNBA Mock Draft: Shenise Johnson and Most Valuable Players Available

Luis Batlle@lbatll1Contributor IApril 15, 2012

Photo Courtesy of Miami Hurricanes
Photo Courtesy of Miami Hurricanes

There are countless talents in this year's 2012 WNBA Draft, with Stanford's Nnemkadi Ogwumike leading the headlines.

Other talents like Shenise Johnson are also expected to add major value to teams upon being drafted, as Johnson is a type of player that will improve a team quickly.

This is the mock draft for this year's draft, with special mention to those three players, like Johnson, who will be of major value heading to the pros.


No. 1: Los Angeles Sparks - Nnemkadi Ogwumike, F, Stanford

Easily the most talented of this year's class, there is no question Ogwumike goes No. 1 in the draft come selection time.

Ogwumike is one of the more valuable players the draft has seen in recent seasons, boasting a strong inside game. With the Cardinal, Ogwumike averaged a double-double with the team and proved her worth as a top-notch scoring threat at over 22 points per game.

Expect big things from the Stanford talent, as she has one of the smoother touches offensively the game has seen.


No. 2: Seattle Storm - Shenise Johnson, SG, Miami

Easily one of the more under-appreciated talents in the class, Johnson will hands down be taken at No. 2.

Johnson is an all-around threat, boasting strong defensive ability as well as a knack to score the rock consistently offensively.

This talent is the entire package to say the least, as the Storm make a strong move if they go with the former Miami star.


No. 3: Minnesota Lynx - Shekinna Stricklen, G/F, Tennessee

Stricklen will be a a major threat inside, boasting 6.6 rebounds and 15.4 points per game her senior season.


No. 4: Tulsa Shock - Devereaux Peters, F, Notre Dame

The Shock are outright winners at the No. 4 spot if they take Irish superstar Peters, as she is a force on the interior, averaging two blocks and just under 10 rebounds per game last season.


No. 5: San Antonio Silver Stars - Glory Johnson, F, Tennesse

Glory Johnson has the talent to be selected among the top-three, as she has shown major strides since starting her college basketball career.

This past season, Johnson posted 14.2 points and 9.9 rebounds per contest, both career-high numbers.

There is no question that Johnson will become one of the stronger forwards in the WNBA from the second she steps on the court.

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)
Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

No. 6: Phoenix Mercury - Samantha Prahalis, PG, Ohio State

The most promising point guard in the draft lands on a team that could use a boost in the backcourt.


No. 7: New York Liberty - Riquna Williams, F, Miami

Williams may have been suspended this season, but there is no doubting the type of talent Williams boasts.


No. 8: Washington Mystics - Natalie Novosel, G, Notre Dame

Novosel is a critical component of a Notre Dame team that has dominated women's Division I basketball the last several seasons.


No. 9: Connecticut Sun - Sasha Goodlett, F, Georgia Tech

Goodlett boasts a plethora of skill and size, and is set to give Connecticut a major presence inside.


No. 10: Washington Mystics - LaSondra Barrett, G/F, LSU

LSU's All-SEC talent had 24 games in which she scored at least 10 points last season. 

No. 11: Indiana Fever - Tiffany Hayes, G, UConn

Breaking the tradition of nearly every UConn talent going to Connecticut, Hayes makes her way to Indiana to help a Fever team win big in 2012.


No. 12: Minnesota Lynx - Lynetta Kizer, F/C, Maryland

Kizer is a player with a plethora of potential and it will be interesting to see her game develop in the pros. At her time with the Terps, she proved she was a talent to reckon with in the post.