The 2014 WNBA preseason is already right around the corner, and each team will look to solidify its roster through the draft.
Now that the 2014 NCAA women's tournament has concluded, college's brightest stars are looking to continue their journeys to the professional level.
This draft comes with plenty of intrigue. Notre Dame's Natalie Achonwa and Duke's Chelsea Gray suffered major injuries, and could see their draft stocks shift. Other athletes put on masterful performances during the tournament and are currently trending upward.
Like every year, the draft remains a fluid process, as talks of trades run rampant and could severely alter how everything shakes out on Monday.
The draft is always chock full of surprises, and this year should be no different.
To ensure that you catch all of the highly anticipated action, let's break down the draft's current selection order, viewing information and give some predictions regarding where top-tier prospects could possibly land.
|3||San Antonio Stars||12-22|
|4||New York Liberty||11-23|
|1 (13)||Tulsa Shock||11-23|
|2 (14)||New York Liberty||11-23|
|3 (15)||Minnesota Lynx||26-8|
|4 (16)||San Antonio Stars||12-22|
|5 (17)||Phoenix Mercury||19-15|
|6 (18)||Atlanta Dream||17-17|
|7 (19)||Seattle Storm||17-17|
|8 (20)||Atlanta Dream||17-17|
|9 (21)||Phoenix Mercury||19-15|
|10 (22)||Chicago Sky||24-10|
|11 (23)||Los Angeles Sparks||24-10|
|12 (24)||Minnesota Lynx||26-8|
|1 (25)||Connecticut Sun||10-24|
|2 (26)||New York Liberty||11-23|
|3 (27)||Tulsa Shock||11-23|
|4 (28)||San Antonio Stars||12-22|
|5 (29)||Indiana Fever||16-18|
|6 (30)||Washington Mystics||17-17|
|7 (31)||Seattle Storm||17-17|
|8 (32)||Washington Mystics||17-17|
|9 (33)||Phoenix Mercury||19-15|
|10 (34)||Chicago Sky||24-10|
|11 (35)||Los Angeles Sparks||24-10|
|12 (36)||Minnesota Lynx||26-8|
The full draft order can also be found on WNBA.com.
|Date||Time (ET)||TV Info||Live Stream|
|Mon., April 14||8 p.m.||ESPN2||WatchESPN|
The 2014 WNBA draft can be live streamed on WatchESPN.
Round 1 Predictions
1. Connecticut Sun: Chiney Ogwumike, F, Stanford
Congrats to #Stanford star Chiney Ogwumike, winner of Wooden Award tonight— Larry Beil (@LarryBeilABC7) April 12, 2014
There's no way the Sun could possibly pass up on Ogwumike here. This is a rebuilding team that could really use the services of an efficient player who can dominate the boards on both ends of the court.
2. Tulsa Shock: Alyssa Thomas, F, Maryland
The Shock already have a strong backcourt, and now its time to bolster the front. Thomas can get it done in the paint, using her aggressive style to bring down contested balls and provide an efficient, underneath scoring threat.
3. San Antonio Stars: Odyssey Sims, G, Baylor
Sims is simply too good to pass up here. She's a scoring threat from all over the court and doubles as a decisive ball-distributor. She'll become a huge offensive weapon for the Stars.
4. New York Liberty: Kayla McBride, G, Notre Dame
VIDEO: Emotional Kayla McBride can't hold back the tears as she reflects on her love for NotreDame. Great rep for ND: http://t.co/90F1xpF3di— Angelo Di Carlo (@angdicarlowndu) April 9, 2014
The Liberty struggled to score from the perimeter last season and were rather suspect in the turnover department. McBride solves both of those problems, as she is a great threat from beyond the arc and sure-handed with the ball.
5. Indiana Fever: Stefanie Dolson, C, Connecticut
Indiana wasn't efficient in the post last season, and the team will need a reliable shooter in the paint to right the ship. Luckily, that's exactly what the Fever is getting in Dolson.
6. Washington Mystics: Bria Hartley, G, Connecticut
The Mystics could sure use an added boost to their offense. Hartley comes in as a capable scorer from all over the court and will shore up the guard position for the long run here.
7. Seattle Storm: Chelsea Gray, G, Duke
Despite Gray's recent injury, she was still widely-heralded as one of the nation's top guard prospects. Her skill set may be too difficult to pass up at this point, and the Storm will be the team to reap the benefits.
8. Atlanta Dream: Natasha Howard, F, Florida State
Atlanta has a great backcourt, but could use some stability up front. Howard proved last season that she can hang with the nation's best teams and is a constant threat in the paint.
9. Indiana Fever: Meighan Simmons, G, Tennessee
Now that the Fever have already grabbed their center, its time to add depth to the backcourt. Simmons has a great amount of speed, is careful with the ball and can be a big threat from downtown.
10. Chicago Sky: Markeisha Gatling, C, NC State
Gatling plays with a ton of physicality. She uses her frame to her advantage and dominates the post. The Sky would benefit greatly from acquiring her services and using her in their frontcourt rotation.
11. Connecticut Sun: Shoni Schimmel, G, Louisville
Enjoyed talking to the media about the up coming WNBA draft on Monday night. Be sure to tune in 8pm ET 🏀 #WNBADraft— shoni schimmel (@schimmel23) April 10, 2014
Schimmel would fit nicely in the Sun's backcourt rotation. Her competitive drive, fiery personality and well-rounded skill set will help this team continue to head in the right direction.
12. Minnesota Lynx: Natalie Achonwa, F, Notre Dame
This is the perfect scenario for the Lynx. Achonwa is one of the best forward prospects in this year's draft. She slides here due to her recent ACL injury. That works for Minnesota, as it has the depth to allow Achonwa to fully recuperate before hitting the court once again.