Parker a safe bet for the No. 1 overall pick

Updated: April 8, 2008, 4:09 PM ET
By Mechelle Voepel | Special to ESPN.com

TAMPA, Fla. -- Now back at the Final Four, Candace Parker is reminded of what she is passing up the chance to do for one more year at Tennessee. That said, she's ready to move on. And in the WNBA draft, she's expected to be the No. 1 pick Wednesday.

"Expected" doesn't quite seem like a strong enough word. Although when he spoke by phone recently about the draft, Los Angeles coach Michael Cooper did not refer to the Sparks' No. 1 pick as if the decision already had been ...

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