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WNBA Draft 2011: Post-Draft Links From SBN As The Numbers Game Begins

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The reality is that not everyone selected in the WNBA Draft will make a team.

It's a simple numbers game with 12 teams with 11 players each.

But that doesn't necessarily make it any easier to swallow for college fans who might have given women's basketball a chance because of their team's star player.

SBN's MAC blogs might have had the biggest reason for disappointment with both Bowling Green's Lauren Prochaska and Buffalo's Kourtney Brown being passed on in the WNBA Draft. It's not so much that anyone assumed they would be drafted, but when your top players don't get taken, it's a bit of a let down.

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BUFFALO — Three rounds of the WNBA Draft and Kourtney Brown's name did not get called. The MAC Player of the Year has an outside shot at making a team, but the 6'0" forward is going to need to impress somebody, somewhere. [Buffalo News]

Even among those that did get drafted - such as Iowa Hawkeyes guard Kachine Alexander - making a team is no guarantee, even if one did earn the honor of being drafted.

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Getting drafted is a nice accomplishment (Alexander is only the 6th Iowa player ever selected in the WNBA Draft), but it doesn't guarantee her a spot on the roster. The Lynx had four of the top 14 draft picks in this draft and added a slew of talented players (including all-everything Maya Moore with the first pick) in addition to Alexander. If she doesn't stick with the Lynx, she should have opportunities to play overseas -- which may even be more lucrative.

But one third round pick who is looking forward to the training camp competition is Northwestern center Amy Jaeschke, who spoke with SBN's Northwestern blog Sippin' On Purple after the draft about being drafted by the Chicago Sky and competing for a spot along with Boston College's Carolyn Swords in a rather thin Sky frontcourt.

Jaeschke on the Draft - Sippin' On Purple
Jaeschke does have her work cut out for her, as she'll be battling another draftee, Boston College's Carolyn Swords, who was selected in the second round, to be the backup center to all-star Sylvia Fowles and possibly for a roster spot, as WNBA teams only carry 11 players. Training camp for the Sky begins in about a month, and Jaeschke, who took enough summer school classes to graduate early, said she's eager to get her professional career started.

Another player who will have an interesting training camp experience is Marquette's Angel Robinson, who was one of three Big East players drafted in the top 22 picks.

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Robinson is the third and final Big East player taken in the WNBA Draft, behind Connecticut F Maya Moore (#1 selection, Minnesota Lynx) and DePaul F Felicia Chester (#14, Minnesota Lynx).

The Lynx could presumably use another ball handler, but whether a rookie is the answer remains to be seen - it is widely assumed that the Lynx will have to make a trade at some point to clear up what looks like an apparent glut on the wing and perhaps they could acquire a point guard there.

Nevertheless, while making the Lynx's roster will be tougher for some rookies than others, "too much talent" is a problem any team would love to have. And for Minnesota fans who are enduring a brutal sports season to go along with their standard Hoth-like weather conditions, any talent with potential to win games is probably a welcome reason for excitement...even for Gophers fans.

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One Minnesota franchise that is desperately trying to make a move from an afterthought to a playoff team with a chance to win in the postseason. You know what I'm talking about... The Minnesota Timberwolves Lynx just drafted Maya Moore with the #1 overall pick in the WNBA Draft. Now with Seimone Augustus, Lindsey Walen and Rebekkah Brunson this just might be the start of a championship (I looked at the stats, what do I know).