2013 WNBA Draft: Prospects Gathering Most Attention

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIApril 14, 2013

CHARLESTON, SC - NOVEMBER 09:  Skylar Diggins #4 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish looks on against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the Walmart Carrier Classic on the deck of the USS Yorktown on November 9, 2012 in Charleston, South Carolina.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The 2013 WNBA draft features some impressive prospects who will be key features in the league for years to come. 

Monday’s draft will make a few teams very happy thanks to some talented young women. Here are a few prospects who have been the most talked about heading into the draft.


Brittney Griner

There’s little doubt that Griner will be the No. 1 overall pick.  In fact, she’s one of the best players in the history of women’s college basketball.  She holds the career record for blocked shots for both women and men. 

She filled the stat sheet in her final year, averaging 23.8 points, 4.1 blocks, 9.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.  She was also able to shoot over 60 percent from the field, making her one of the most efficient scorers in the country.

Griner is so good that Mark Cuban even hinted at possibly drafting her in the NBA draft.  While that is unlikely, it does show how talented she really is.  Even though the Baylor Bears were unable to win another national championship with Griner, her career will likely be remembered as one of the best in NCAA history for a woman.  The Phoenix Mercury will be thrilled to take her with the No. 1 overall pick.


Skylar Diggins

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish fell just short of a national championship appearance.  However, Skylar Diggins played great all season and will likely be picked with either the second or third pick on Monday.

Diggins finished her career with a great final season.  She was named the Big East Player of the Year and made the All-American first team.  She also set the school record with 102 steals on the year.  She finished the year averaging 17.1 points, 6.1 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 3.1 steals per game.  She was a true floor general and did a great job on both sides of the ball.

Diggins may be only 5’9’", but she was clearly the most talented point guard in the nation last year.  Whoever picks her up will have someone to effectively run the offense for the foreseeable future.


Elena Delle Donne

In her senior year of high school, Delle Donne was offered a scholarship to Connecticut.  However, she decided to go to Delaware as a walk-on.

That turned out to be a pretty good decision.

Delle Donne was one of the best players in the country last season at Delaware.  She averaged 26.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 1.9 assists per game.  Those 26 points per game were good enough for the second-best mark in the NCAA.

If Diggins goes second in the draft, Delle Donne will likely go third and vice versa.  Despite playing at a smaller program, she was an outstanding player and helped carry her team to an appearance in the Sweet 16.  Once she goes to the WNBA, she will have the opportunity to be one of the best scorers in the league.