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The Lynx had the luxury of taking the best player available after winning the 2011 championship.
With the third-overall pick, they surprised me by taking Devereaux Peters out of Notre Dame. She is a defensive specialist who will help out on the boards.
Peters will fit in nicely within the lineup of the Lynx, but I didn't have her going until the end of first round, making this selection a big stretch at the top of the draft.
The Lynx had two first-round picks, and with the 12th-overall pick, selected the second international player in the draft: Damiris Dantas from Brazil.
Dantas is extremely raw. At 6'4", she should become a good post player for the Lynx given the time to develop. She won't see any time on the court in 2012 unless the Lynx suffer a rash of injuries.
With the 18th-overall pick, the Lynx took forward Julie Wojta out of Green Bay.
Wojta was an elite scorer playing in the mid-majors. She is also versatile with the ball in her hands. She can make assists, rebound, steal the ball and get her shot off anywhere on the court.
I speculate that Wojta was actually selected to trade after the draft. If she stays on, it will be tough to see how she'll get much playing time on the talented Lynx roster.
Minnesota also had the 19th-overall pick. WIth that pick, it selected Kayla Standish out of Gonzaga.
Standish is a guard/forward combo player than can play on the perimeter as well as in the post. She is diverse and should compete for some playing time off the bench.
Minnesota picked three straight times in the second round, and with the 20th-overall selection, it picked Nika Baric, international guard from Russia.
The Lynx are setting up for some crazy competition in camp at the guard position, and it will be interesting to see how many of these players actually end up on the opening day roster.
Minnesota picked up yet another guard in the third round when it selected Jacki Gemelos out of USC.
Gemelos is a sharp-shooter from the perimeter and was widely considered to be one of the best guards in the nation before knee injuries derailed her career early on. If she can stay healthy, she has an outside chance to make the roster in 2012.