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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Seattle Storm wins WNBA Draft lottery

Could UConn's sweet-shooting wing Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis be teaming up with former Husky Sue Bird in Seattle?

Well, the Storm won the WNBA Draft lottery and has first dibs at Mosqueda-Lewis if Seattle is inclined to go that way. Tulsa, which was tied with Seattle for the worst record in the WNBA, once again finished second best in the lottery and will have the No. 2 overall pick. The Connecticut Sun will pick third and fourth in the draft which is being projected as one of the weakest in recent memory.

Seattle took Bird with the No. 1 pick in the 2002 draft and certainly have no complaints on how that turned out.

As for Connecticut, the Sun would like to improve itself in the post. Chiney Ogwumike was brilliant as a rookie and Kelsey Bone had a pretty solid season. The question is whether Duke's Elizabeth Williams will be on the board when the Sun gets ready to pick or if 6-foot-1 Crystal Bradford fits what they are looking at or if more of a true post player would be on the radar like Cal's Reshanda Gray (who averaged 16.8 points and 8.8 rebounds as a junior).

It should be noted that among rising college seniors, Bradford was the top rebounder in Division I averaging 12.2 per game. Wake Forest's Dearica Hamby (who averaged 22 points, 11 rebounds while contributing  61 assists, 65 steals and 33 blocks in 31 games) is another draft-eligible player who put up pretty impressive numbers as a junior. Hamby also outplayed Williams in last season's Duke/Wake Forest tilt finishing with 20 points and nine rebounds while Williams finished with 10 points and five rebounds. Tennessee's Isabelle Harrison could also be rising up the draft boards. Coaches love players who improve over the course of their careers and she went from averaging 3.3 points on 36.7 percent shooting as a freshman to putting up 13.6 points a contest and shooting 57.7 percent last season (in just 23 minutes per game). She also pulled down 9.3 rebounds per game and already has more than 100 career blocked shots. With the recent news that Mercedes Russell is expected to redshirt this season, Harrison could be primed for a huge season for the Lady Vols.


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