WNBA Draft 2012: Teams That Struck Gold with 1st Round Pick

Eric Ball@@BigLeagueEballFeatured ColumnistApril 16, 2012

Photo via WNBA.com
Photo via WNBA.com

The first round of the 2012 WNBA draft had a few surprises.

We all knew Stanford forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike was going to be selected by the LA Sparks with the first overall selection.

After that, the speculation over the rest of the 11 picks of Round 1 was completely up in the air. Here are three picks that set their team up wonderfully for the future.


No. 3 Minnesota Lynx - Devereaux Peters, F, Notre Dame

The defending champs are going to be favored to repeat thanks to landing Peters with their first pick.

The two-time Big East Defensive Player of the Year is relentless on the glass and brings plenty of bulk to a front line that could use some.

Peters will have the chance to be a big-time contributor for a championship contender right off the bat.


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

The Mercury have always been an offensive-minded bunch, and adding a true point guard that can shoot is just what the team needed.

Obviously this is Diana Taurasi’s team, and getting a playmaking point that can play up-tempo is just what the doctor ordered.


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

The Mystics have a long road back to relevancy and nabbing a player like Barrett is a smart move. Barrett is a very versatile player that can fill a variety of positions on the floor depending on what the team needs.

After nabbing star-in-the-making Natalie Novosel with the eighth overall pick, the future looks bright in Washington for the first time since Chamique Holdsclaw was around.