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Throughout the 2012-13 women's NCAA Division I basketball season, we've discussed a number of players around the site that could eventually make it in the WNBA. With the college season coming to a close, the following is just a list of players we've focused on thus far in one way or another. You can see more on the players we've been discussing this season in our WNBA Draft prospects storystream.
The time has come to get a sense of the landscape of 2013 WNBA Draft prospects, if it's not past due.
Before getting to a full "draft board" in which we determine which players are most "roster-worthy", we have to have a sense of the players that should be considered "draft-worthy".
The following list is the players who we've already written about in one form or another during this college basketball season. You'll probably notice that there are close to 40 players listed for a draft that only has 36 selections. That means two things:
- At least a few players on this list are probably not considered draftable.
- This wasn't an attempt to nail the "top 36 prospects" as much as a list of players we've wondered about at some point in the season in the process of trying to figure out who might be able to contribute at the next level (meaning that despite its length there are solid players missing who we just haven't even mentioned yet).
Ultimately, this is a list of players I could probably say something about - you'll find that all of these players are mentioned somewhere in our WNBA Draft prospects storystream, but this should be a much easier way of sorting through all of those as we move closer to the draft. We're going to get into separating these players into tiers based on their statistics, but just for the sake of discussion Ed Bemiss' NCAA player rater - complete with draft value projection - is an interesting place to start looking at the landscape of this (and future) drafts. But I normally use this sort of list as a starting point for my position-by-position analysis - not to mention adding it to the data about successful and unsuccessful draft prospects - and thought I'd share.
So feel free to drop your thoughts about these players - or who's missing - in the comments and maybe what kind of contribution you think they might make (or not make) in the WNBA.
2013 WNBA Draft prospects
(names In alphabetical order; heights are those listed on the school's website)
Kayla Alexander, Syracuse Orange (C, 6'4")
Alex Bentley, Penn State Lady Lions (G, 5'7")
Kelsey Bone, Texas A&M Aggies (F, 6'4")
Layshia Clarendon, California Golden Bears (G, 5'9")
Carolyn Davis, Kansas Jayhawks (F, 6'3")
Elena Delle Donne, Delaware Blue Hens (G/F, 6'5")
Nicole Dickson, Memphis Tigers (F, 6'0")
Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame Fighting Irish (G, 5'9")
Kelly Faris, Connecticut Huskies (G, 5'11")
Angel Goodrich, Kansas Jayhawks (G, 5'4")
Brittney Griner, Baylor Lady Bears (C, 6'8")
Tianna Hawkins, Maryland Terrapins (F, 6'3")
Tayler Hill, Ohio State Buckeyes (G, 5'10")
Chelsea Hopkins, San Diego State Aztecs (G, 5'8")
Chucky Jeffery, Colorado Buffaloes (G, 5'10")
Taelor Karr, Gonzaga Bulldogs (G, 5'8")
Brittany Kennedy, FGCU Eagles (G, 5'7")
Kevi Luper, Oral Roberts Eagles (G, 5'10")
Nadirah McKenith, St. Johns Red Storm (G, 5'7")
Victoria McGowan, Stetson Hatters (G, 5'4")
Anna Martin, DePaul Blue Demons (G, 5'9")
A'dia Mathies, Kentucky Wildcats (G, 5'9")
Lindsey Moore, Nebraska Cornhuskers (G, 5'9")
Monique Oliver, Rutgers Scarlet Knights (F/C, 6'2")
Chelsea Poppens, Iowa State Cyclones (F, 6'2")
Niveen Rasheed, Princeton Tigers (G, 6'0")
Adrian Ritchie, Green Bay Phoenix (G, 5'11")
Sugar Rodgers, Georgetown Hoyas (G, 5'11")
Jenny Ryan, Michigan Wolverines (G, 5'9")
Shenneika Smith, St. John's Red Storm (G, 6'1")
Haley Steed, Brigham Young Cougars (G, 5'4")
Morgan Stroman, Miami Hurricanes (F, 6'1")
Chatlla van Grinsven, St. Joseph's Hawks (F, 6'3")
Markel Walker, UCLA Bruins (F, 6'1")
Davellyn Whyte, Arizona Wildcats (G, 5'11")
Destiny Williams, Baylor Lady Bears (F, 6'1")
Toni Young, Oklahoma State Cowgirls (F, 6'2")
Any thoughts on how you would divide these players into tiers? Or how many of these players might make rosters? Or, of course, who's missing? Feel free to drop your thoughts in the comments and vote in the poll below.
Let's revisit this question: How strong will the 2013 WNBA Draft be relative to past drafts?
Strong (best five drafts) (65 votes)
Average (middle five or so drafts) (24 votes)
Weak (worst five drafts) (2 votes)
Too soon to tell (10 votes)
I'm not clairvoyant (1 vote)
102 total votes