GMs tab McCowan-Top pick in mock draft

The Associated Press polled a board of WNBA coaches and general managers for a mock draft of the two rounds this spring. Panelists were limited to college seniors and qualified foreign players, plus they weren’t able to offer you a choice for their very own group. While last season there was an obvious No. 1 at A’ja Wilson, there’s no accord top pick this season. The top few picks remained the same from the very first mock draft with Teaira McCowan, Asia Durr and Kalani Brown going 1-2-3.

The AP will every so often refresh the draft board.

First Round:

1-Las Vegas: Teaira McCowan, Mississippi State. The Aces franchise has the No. 1 choice for the next season in a row and may add a dominant post player to match Wilson.

2-NY: Asia Durr, Louisville. The Liberty has holes to fill. Getting a scoring guard who may create her very own shot would help.

3- Indiana: Kalani Brown, Baylor. The Fever may use a large mail player, and the six foot-8 Brown would fulfil that function well.

4-Chicago: Ezi Magbegor, Australia. Decided to play professional basketball at home rather than going to a U.S. College. She is six foot-4 and athletic and will be a difficult guard for opposing teams. It will give new coach James Wade an athletic post player.

5-Dallas: Katie Lou Samuelson, UConn. It would give Dallas an essential consistent danger from the outside to possibly complement Liz Cambage and Skylar Diggins.

6- Minnesota: Aric Ogunbovale, Notre Dame. It knows how to hit the big shot after connecting on game winners at Final Four and the NCAA title game last season.

7-LA: Napheesa Collier, UConn. New coach Derek Fisher could have gained another athletic post player to combine Nneka Ogwumike and Candace Parker.

6-Phoenix: Brianna Turner, Notre Dame. Turner would offer Coach Sandy Brondello more athleticism in the post. When healthful she’s among the best players in college basketball.

7-Connecticut: Sophia Cunningham, Missouri. The six foot-1 Cunningham was the All-SEC pick last season that averaged 18.5 points and 4.7 rebounds. She could offer another offensive spark and ruggedness to the Sun.

8-Washington: Kristine Anigwe, California. Would give Mystics another athletic post player who knows how to score and rebound.

9-Atlanta: Alanna Smith, Stanford. It provides another 3 pointer shooter for the dream while Smith is shooting 48 percent from behind the bow. She is also active on the defensive side blocking the shots and flying the ball.

10-Seattle: Anriel Howard, Mississippi State. That was an active contributor on both ends of the court for Coach Vic Schaefer.

Second Round:

1-Phoenix: Jessica Shepard, Notre Dame. A stunning reminder and scorer, Shepard showed last season in Notre Dame that she could compete against elite players. She was instrumental in the Irish winning the national title.

2-NY: Xu Han, China. The Chinese star is 19-year-old that had 20 against the U.S. in the FIBA World Cup in September. She’s 6-foot-9 and just beginning to take advantage of her ability. While she may be a couple of years away, Coach Katie Smith was awed with what she saw from Xu at the World Cup.

3. Chicago: Caliya Robinson, Georgia. A 6-foot-3 shot blocker who can likewise score would give Seattle another strong post player to run with Natasha Howard.

4. Minnesota: Kenisha Bell, Minnesota. Cheryl Reeve would replace one Golden Gophers point guard with another. First-year coach Lindsay Whalen will have Bell ready for the pros.

5. Dallas: Marina Mabrey, Notre Dame: With Skylar Diggins’ status for the season up in the air due to her pregnancy would provide depth at the guard spot for new coach Brian Agler.

6. Minnesota: Kitija Laksa, South Florida. Laksa is recovering from an ACL tear and won’t be ready for the WNBA season, but is one of the top shooters in the college when good and showed she could play well against pros when she starred for Latvia at the World Cup.

7. Los Angeles: Chloe Jackson, Baylor. A massive game against UConn (11 points, eight assists, seven rebounds), showed she can play against the best in college and moved her up the WNBA draft charts.

8. Minnesota: Jenna Allen, Michigan State. Is putting up big numbers for the Spartans this season and would provide frontcourt depth for the Lynx.

9. Connecticut: Megan Gustafson, Iowa. Leads the nation in scoring (26.4 points) and is fifth in rebounding. It would provide another strong inside presence for Coach Curt Miller.

10. Dallas: Paris Kea, North Carolina. That can put points on the board as she became only the fourth Tar Heels player to score 1,000 points in her first two seasons with the program.

11. Atlanta: Kiara Leslie, N.C. State. He has had to step up her scoring lately with the injury to Grace Hunter. It will be a valuable scorer for the Dream.

12. Seattle: Cierra Dillard, Buffalo. A scorer who has left her mark at Buffalo, getting them to the Sweet 16 last season.

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