WNBA Draft Index, Vol. 1

Scouting the top Draft prospects in the NCAA.
by March 08, 2016
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WNBA teams will have some difficult decisions to make for the 2016 draft next month, as this year’s senior class is deep.

Three-time National Champion and All-American Breanna Stewart has been the obvious first pick since she was a freshman, but the talent pool shows no drop off after her. San Antonio, which has the second pick and needs a point guard, is almost guaranteed to choose Connecticut’s Moriah Jefferson. After that, draft choices could vary.

The Los Angeles Sparks, who have pick no. 6, could swing the draft with their choice, as they always seem to make unpredictable selections. The Washington Mystics, who choose seventh, have also been known to take maverick picks that no one else saw in the first round.

As teams have varying needs, and as there are different perceptions of the value of each draftee, the April 14 WNBA draft could be interesting.

1) Breanna Stewart, 21, Connecticut, Senior, 6-4, Forward

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Stewart is an athletic forward with guard skills who gives opposing defenders fits. She is the only player in NCAA history to record 300 blocks and 300 assists, and she has notched more than 2,500 career points. She is a three-time All-American and has won three National Championships, with an unprecedented fourth likely on the way. Her interior defense allows her teammates to be aggressive, knowing they have her 7-foot wingspan and quick feet as their last line of defense. Stewart’s extreme versatility makes her a runaway first pick.