2012 WNBA Draft Board And Sleepers

Rather than put up another mock draft, I decided to put up a draft board after getting through (most of) the guards in the draft this weekend.

This is how I would rate NCAA players based purely on statistics, not at all a mock draft or projected draft order.

Draft Board:

Previous analysis:

Centers || Scoring power forwards || Rebounding power forwards || Perimeter scorers || Wings || Combo guards || Point Guards

Rotation:

1. Nneka Ogwumike

2. Shenise Johnson

3. Glory Johnson

4. Shekinna Stricklen

5. Devereaux Peters

6. Julie Wojta

7. Sasha Goodlett

8. Samantha Prahalis

9. Tiffany Hayes

Possibly roster-worthy

10. Courtney Hurt

11. Tyra White

12. Khadijah Rushdan

13. LaSondra Barrett

14. Vicki Baugh

15. Chay Shegog

16. C'eira Ricketts

17. Riquna Williams

18. Lynetta Kizer

19. Jasmine Lee

20. Adaora Elonu

21. Kayla Standish

22. Natalie Day

23. Justine Raterman

24. Keisha Hampton

25. Natalie Novosel

Sleepers

(Players who don't rate as highly statistically but might be worth a look)

  • Casey Garrison: Tulsa Shock coach Gary Kloppenburg has reportedly given her a look and that would be an interesting destination for her.
  • Kristen McCarthy: The Chicago Sky have apparently given her a look and her versatility has many around the Atlantic 10 saying she's the most talented player in the conference.
  • Patric Lalor: In a year that's light on point guards, Lalor probably deserves a look. She has a tendency to pull up for jumpers instead of driving to the basket which lowered her 2-point percentage, but there are so few efficient passers that an uptempo team looking for a point guard could be pleasantly surprised. She compares herself to Temeka Johnson and that's not a bad comparison.
  • Kristina Santiago: I actually had Santiago ranked ahead of Standish on my list of power forwards, but the question I have is which elements of her game will transfer to the pro level at 6'1". Standish's passing ability in the high post makes her an attractive prospect in the right system, but Santiago's scoring efficiency should draw some interest as well.

Clearly, this board does not reflect the mock draft I posted the other day - at some point, team need will come into play in a draft like this one and whether players succeed might have more to do with fit and team chemistry than any assessment of talent at this point.

To see how these prospects compare to others, see our full list of WNBA Draft prospects. For all of our 2012 WNBA Draft coverage, see our "WNBA Draft 2012" section.

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