WNBA Draft 2012: Scouting Likely Top-3 Picks
Another year, another strong crop of WNBA talent.
The nation was captivated by Baylor's Brittney Griner this past season. But as she stays in school, a big opponent of hers in the NCAA tournament is set to join the pro ranks. She's being tabbed as the No. 1 overall pick by many draft experts.
Here's a look at the likely top-three picks of the 2012 WNBA draft.
3. Minnesota Lynx: Glory Johnson, F, Tennessee
The Minnesota Lynx realistically just need depth; they are already primed for a championship run. Glory Johnson, arguably the second-best post player in the draft, would be a great addition.
Her combination of scoring, rebounding and motor could make her an immediate impact player off the bench. She averaged 14.2 points and 9.9 rebounds in her final year at Tennessee, and her 37 career double-doubles are third in Tennessee history.
2. Seattle Storm: Shenise Johnson, G, Miami
How about a little Johnson & Johnson to round out the top three? If you're looking for upside, Shenise Johnson has it. She's one of those do-it-all prospects who will greatly help you in many areas, her impact going far beyond the box score.
She ended her collegiate career as just the second player in NCAA Division I history to record 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 500 assists and 400 steals. Johnson is not only someone who will help right away; she's only going to get better with her motor and work ethic.
1. Los Angeles Sparks: Nneka Ogwumike, F, Stanford
Will Nneka Ogwumike be a star in the WNBA?
Brittney Griner got most of the attention last season, but Nneka Ogwumike was arguably the second-best player in college. The 6'2" forward dominated at Stanford, averaging 22.5 points and 10.2 rebounds while being named the only unanimous First Team All-American beyond Griner.
Did I mention she posted 22 points and nine rebounds against Griner and Co. in the Final Four? Just imagining Ogwumike alongside Candace Parker should be scaring WNBA teams everywhere.
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