I’m not in the war room, but I’m in a board room close to it at the Storm headquarters and I’ll be making blog updates from the draft.
You’ve got a few minutes before the show gets started, so checkout this good read from ESPN on Australian teen phenom Liz Cambage. Author Mechelle Voepel spoke with Storm star Lauren Jackson about her fellow countrywoman following the same steps she did a decade ago.
Don’t forget to tune-in to the draft on ESPN at noon. The final two rounds will be on ESPNU and NBA-TV.
NEW PREZ?: Renee Brown, the WNBA’s Chief of Basketball Operations and Player Relations, is handling the draft today. A league spokesman has stuck to the notion that a replacement for Donna Orender will be named before the 15th season begins June 3.
#WINNING: So jealous of Minnesota and the Lynx’s ability to get exactly what they needed in selecting Maya Moore (Connecticut) with the No. 1 overall pick and Amber Harris (Xavier) at No. 4. With Lindsay Whalen running the point, this team should roll deep in the playoffs. Excuse me, make the playoffs for the first time since 2004.
BIG APPLE: Washingtonian Courtney Vandersloot was selected No. 3 overall to Chicago, the highest for a player with local roots. The Sky could use it and Pokey Chatman, a former PG herself, will be a great coach for Vandersloot to learn from in continuing her career. Vandersloot was regarded as the best PG out of college since Storm All-Star Sue Bird, who plays for Chatman in Russia.
A STEAL: Guess word on Alex Montgomery wasn’t so quiet. New York nabbed the Georgia Tech star at No. 10, stunning the in-studio analysts and probably most prognosticators. I thought the Storm could get the Tacoma native, who’d fit in well with her rebounding and shooting. Yet, her defense was too tempting for first-year Liberty coach/GM John Whiesnant, who’ll bring his signature “whit line” system to New York. This could be a trade, however.
ANOTHER GUARD: The Storm drafted Duke PG Jasmine Thomas. Here’s a link to our story posted on the web. (Apologies for any delay, the website comes before the blog).
BIG SELL: Normally you’d expect the big pitch from UConn coach Geno Auriemma. Texas A&M;coach Gary Blair, who just won the NCAA championship, two-stepped into the role for F Danielle Adams, who remains undrafted midway in the second round. Adams, who dropped weight to become a post who can knock down the three-pointer, is looked at a player who’d have to transition from power forward to small forward. Unfortunately it wasn’t successful for players like Ashley Walker and Courtney Paris, which may have tainted Adams’ chances.
TREY BEIN: Vandersloot’s buddy Angie Bjorklund will be joining her in Chicago. The Tennessee star, a noted three-point specialist, was selected with the 17th overall pick (second round). Vandersloot has played with Bjorklund, a Spokane native, Indiana G Briann January and LA PG Kristi Toliver during summer open gym.
SCOOPED UP: Adams was selected with the 20th overall pick to San Antonio, so she won’t have the big of a trip from College Station.
GETTING BOARD: The Storm selected Arizona star Ify Ibekwe with the 24th pick in the second round. Ibekwe was regarded as ESPN analysts as a mini-Swin Cash.