2012 WNBA Draft: Top College Stars Sure to Shine

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistApril 15, 2012

PALO ALTO, CA - DECEMBER 20:  Nnemkadi Ogwumike #30 of the Stanford Cardinal shoots over Glory Johnson #25 of 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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With the 2012 WNBA draft just a few hours from kicking off, the talk about which players will go where is the buzz of the college basketball world.

Stars like Stanford’s Nnemkadi Ogwumike will make the 2:00 p.m. ET draft on ESPN 2 even more exciting than it was last year.

All of the following players are bound to be stars at the WNBA level, so remember their names for when they become mainstream legends.


Nnemkadi Ogwumike

While Brittney Griner would have been the undoubted No. 1 overall pick had she come out, Nnemkadi (Nneka) Ogwumike would have been 1B.

The small forward has the height at 6’2” and the power to be a dominant force down low while adding in her speed and shooting skills to make her viable on the outside.

Ogwumike will have the chance to step right onto the floor for the Los Angeles Sparks and be one of the best small forwards in the league. If she can acclimate herself to the WNBA quickly, she will be the easy rookie of the year.


Glory Johnson

The word most often used by scouts in describing the tall forward from Tennessee is "relentless." But Glory Johnson is just as smart as she is tough.

Johnson averaged 14.2 points and 9.9 rebounds per game during her career with the Volunteers, but it was the teaching from Pat Summit that will make this young woman into a mature star.

While her 37 career double-doubles put her third in Tennessee Lady-Vols history, it was her leadership and work ethic that made her the amazing prospect she is.


LaSondra Barrett

While the other women in this draft will get more fanfare from the mainstream media, LaSondra Barrett could be the best pure basketball player in this whole draft.

The versatile forward has the height and speed to play in the low post, and she has the scoring touch and passing abilities to play in the backcourt. Barrett was asked to play all five positions during her college career.

Wherever Barrett falls on draft day, the team that makes the selection will get a hard worker who will add in every facet of the game from every spot on the floor. This could be the pest pick of the draft if she falls to Washington at No. 10.