It's no secret that the 2012 WNBA Draft was among the most talent-deprived in league history. Nnemkadi Ogwumike, the Stanford star and No. 1 overall pick of the Los Angeles Sparks, was the only "sure thing" coming into Monday's proceedings, with little more than question marks bound to fill up the rest of the order.
Still, there were more than a few head scratchers among the lot, with these three sitting rather uncomfortably atop the list.
It's tough to fault the Minnesota Lynx for any moves that might look unsavory on paper after they took home the title in 2011.
But that doesn't quite excuse the team's decision to draft Devereaux Peters third overall. Don't get me wrong, the 6'2" forward is a solid talent and a proven winner, especially since leading Notre Dame to back-to-back NCAA Tournament title games.
That being said, Peters' left knee is a serious concern after twice tearing her ACL during her collegiate career. The Lynx will be hard-pressed to get that joint insured, much less fit to survive the rigors of the WNBA for long.
Speaking of injuries, perhaps no prospect in this year's draft class is as likely to succumb to early retirement as is Kelley Cain. The former Tennessee standout's knees and back were so bothersome that she decided to forgo her final season in Knoxville...to play more basketball, albeit professionally.
In Turkey, and not even in the top league there.
Why the New York Liberty spent the seventh overall pick on her is beyond me. Direct all your inquiries, instead, to head coach John Whisenant.
Then again, at least Cain is something of a known commodity.
The same can't quite be said of Astan Dabo, other than the fact that she's 6'8" and from Mali. Whether she can actually play basketball or is simply the WNBA equivalent of Hasheem Thabeet, remains to be seen.
Apparently, the Connecticut Sun didn't mind taking that chance, as they took the West African giant with the ninth overall pick.