I wasn't actually at the WNBA draft this year – I never would have caught the flight I'll be on shortly had I gone – but I still provided updates as I waited to leave Tampa.
Feel free to send me a question or comment, and enjoy.
Most recent comments come first.
3:39 p.m. EDT – Thus ends perhaps the most talent-laden WNBA draft so far. And not a single trade … yet. Thanks to those of you who wrote in (or tried to), and still feel free to send a comment or question to the link above.
3:29 p.m. EDT – And there it is … with the 43rd and final pick of the WNBA draft, the Sacramento Monarchs select Charel Allen, guard, Notre Dame.
3:27 p.m. EDT – Three more picks before Ms. Irrelevant, if you will. UTEP post Izabela Piekarska goes to the Monarchs at No. 40. Sacramento also has the last pick. The Mercury select Ohio State guard Marscilla Packer at No. 41, and Rice center Valeriya Berezhynska goes to the Shock with the 42nd pick.
3:23 p.m. EDT – Winding down here. At No. 37, the Sun pick Arkansas center Lauren Irvin. The 38th pick, Texas A&M guard A'Quonesia Franklin, goes to the Monarchs, and the Silver Stars tag Chattanooga forward Alex Anderson with the 39th pick.
3:18 p.m. EDT – Had some technical glitches, plus it's been pretty rapid-fire, but at least we have time to answer one comment. Gregory Roju from Detroit writes:
What happened about Minnesota's pick (the third).I thought they were going after a forward, with a good backcourt already. Do you like Detroit's picks?
Thanks for asking, Gregory. I think it's a classic "best player available" scenario. Wiggins' versatility should translate well to the WNBA game especially as she won't have to shoulder as much of the burden as she did at Stanford. As for the Shock, did they have enough picks? Alexis Hornbuckle won't be a star, but she's an underrated player who would've led a lot of college teams (just not one with Candace Parker). Between Tasha Humphrey, Olayinka Sanni and Natasha Lacy, Detroit acquired a lot of different pieces. I'm not sure Sanni and Lacy will end up being much of a factor – there are only so many minutes to go around.
3:10 p.m. EDT – To the Mystics at No. 34: VCU forward Krystal Vaughn. To the Liberty at No. 35: guard Alberta Auguste, the fifth Tennessee pick of the draft. To the Storm at No. 36: George Washington guard Kimberly Beck.
3:03 p.m. EDT – Three more picks – they're going faster now. Western Kentucky forward Crystal Kelly goes 31st to the Comets. The Dream pick Hartford forward Danielle Hood at No. 32, and Baylor guard Angela Tisdale goes 33rd to the Sky.
2:56 p.m. EDT – The final round has begun. The Sparks pick another point guard at No. 29, Virginia's Sharnee Zoll, and the Lynx select UConn forward Charde Houston with the 30th pick.
2:52 p.m. EDT – UTEP guard Natasha Lacy closes the second round as the No. 28 overall pick to the Shock. The Sparks will start Round 3.
2:48 p.m. EDT – The second round is almost done. The Mercury pick Utah guard Leilani Mitchell at No. 25. The 26th pick is North Carolina State forward Khadijah Whittington to the Fever, and No. 27 is Duke guard Wanisha Smith to the Mercury.
2:39 p.m. EDT – Three more second-round picks. At No. 22 the Storm select DePaul guard Allie Quigley. Wisconsin guard Jolene Anderson goes to the Sun at No. 23, and the Dream pick Texas A&M forward Morenike Atunrase at No. 24.
2:31 p.m. EDT – At No. 20 the Mystics pick forward Lindsey Pluimer, a four-year starter at UCLA. The San Antonio Silver Stars' first pick comes at No. 21; they select Georgia Tech forward Chioma Nnamaka.
2:23 p.m. EDT – LSU becomes the second team with three selections (Tennessee has four) when guard Erica White goes to Houston at No. 17 and guard Quianna Chaney is picked 19th by the Sky. In between, the Shock selects West Virginia center Olayinka Sanni.
2:14 p.m. EDT – The Tennessee train continues at the start of Round 2. Guard Shannon Bobbitt will reunite with Candace Parker in Los Angeles, and center Nicky Anosike is headed to Minnesota with Candice Wiggins.
2:03 p.m. EDT – Sun fans will be thrilled with the selection of UConn guard Ketia Swanier at No. 12. The Phoenix Mercury followed with North Carolina forward LaToya Pringle at No. 13, and the Liberty rounded out the first round (with a pick from the shock) by selecting Pringle's UNC frontcourt mate, Erlana Larkins. The Sparks are on the clock to start Round 2.
1:55 p.m. EDT – The first round is winding down. Detroit picks Georgia forward Tasha Humphrey at No. 11. The Sun have the Indiana Fever's original pick at No. 12.
1:50 p.m. EDT – The Sun go with Middle Tennessee forward Amber Holt at No. 9, and the Sacramento Monarchs pick Maryland center Laura Harper at No. 10. The Terrapins become the third school with two top-10 selections, joining Tennessee and Rutgers. The Shock make their second pick of the first round at No. 11 next.
1:43 p.m. EDT – The Liberty pick Ajavon's backcourt mate at Rutgers, Essence Carson, with the seventh selection. The expansion Dream's first ever pick is James Madison forward Tamera Young. On the clock at No. 9: the Connecticut Sun.
1:37 p.m. EDT – The Mystics go with a local favorite, Maryland forward Crystal Langhorne, at No. 6. The New York Liberty are on the clock.
1:34 p.m. EDT – The Comets select Rutgers guard Matee Ajavon with the fifth pick. The Washington Mystics are sixth.
1:27 p.m. EDT – The Shock take Tennessee's Alexis Hornbuckle at No. 4, making it two Lady Vols already. The Houston Comets are on the clock at No. 5.
1:20 p.m. EDT – No real surprises yet as the Sky do take Fowles and the Lynx select Stanford's Candice Wiggins, who will team with Seimone Augustus to give Minnesota two of the last three Wade Trophy winners. The Detroit Shock is next thanks to a pre-draft deal with the Seattle Storm, who had acquired the pick from the expansion Atlanta Dream.
1:14 p.m. EDT – Parker goes No. 1 to nobody's surprise. Guess that means Fowles will be No. 2 to the Sky, and the first suspense will come when the Minnesota Lynx select No. 3.
12:55 p.m. EDT – The Los Angeles Sparks haven't officially announced whether they'll pick Tennessee forward Candace Parker or LSU center Sylvia Fowles with the first pick, which comes shortly after 1 p.m. EDT. But unofficially, come on.
Fowles is a franchise center and would, in most years, be the first selection. But Parker is a transcendent talent, and the Sparks would never live it down if they passed her up.
Of course, the Chicago Sky have an even easier decision than the Sparks. They've said they simply will take whoever the Sparks don't.
- Candace Parker