The posturing is over. The scouting, the evaluating, the pre-draft meetings and workouts—all the information is in front of the 12 teams who will gather Thursday night at Mohegan Sun Arena and pick the next 36 potential players in the WNBA.
Notice potential—there’s no guarantee that draft picks can make their teams, with a source at one WNBA team expressing skepticism that even a first-round pick could make that team’s roster.
However, this deep draft offers an array of players with virtually every skill imaginable. So much comes down to fit, to small gradations of difference. And the moment it’s all over, the fun starts—figuring out how and the way 36 new players integrate with their new teams.
It also means that training camp is around the corner, and we’re just over a month from the season tipoff.
So who will be where? After scores of conversations, number-crunching and vigorous shaking of my Eight Ball… TO THE DRAFT BOARD!
1) Seattle Breanna Stewart, C, Connecticut
2) San Antonio Moriah Jefferson, PG, Connecticut
3) Connecticut Morgan Tuck, F, Connecticut
4) Connecticut from Atlanta Aerial Powers, F, Michigan State
5) Dallas Courtney Williams, G, South Florida
6) Los Angeles Imani Boyette, C, Texas
7) Washington Rachel Banham, G, Minnesota
8) Phoenix Jonquel Jones, C, George Washington
9) Indiana Tiffany Mitchell, SG, South Carolina
10) Chicago Adut Bulgak, F/C, Florida State
11) Atlanta (from Minnesota) Ruth Hamblin, C, Oregon State
12) New York Temi Fagbenle, C, USC
13) Atlanta (from San Antonio) Jamie Weisner, G, Oregon State
14) Minnesota (from Seattle) Megan Podkowa, G/F, DePaul
15) Connecticut Sheeresha Richards, F, Albany
16) Atlanta Niya Johnson, PG, Baylor
17) Los Angeles Shacobia Barbee, G, Georgia
18) Dallas Lexi Eaton, G, BYU
19) Washington Katie Hempen, G, Arizona State
20) Phoenix Bria Holmes, G, West Virginia
21) Indiana Jillian Alleyne, F, Oregon
22) Minnesota from Chicago Rachel Hollivay, C, Rutgers
23) Connecticut from Minnesota Bashaara Graves, F, Tennessee
24) New York Nicole Seekamp, PG, South Dakota
25) San Antonio Madison Cable, G, Notre Dame
26) Seattle Tabatha Richardson-Smith, F, Seton Hall
27) Connecticut Ameryst Alston, G, Ohio State
28) Atlanta Brene Moseley, PG, Maryland
29) Los Angeles Kyley Simmons, G, Illinois
30) Dallas Kahleah Copper, G/F, Rutgers
31) Washington Zahna Medley, G, TCU
32) Phoenix Talia Walton, F, Washington
33) Indiana Rachel Theriot, PG, Nebraska
34) Chicago Aliyyah Handford, PG, St. John’s
35) Minnesota Jordan Jones, PG, Texas A&M
36) New York Tori Jarosz, C, Marist