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Monday, April 2, 2007
First-round mock draft

By Nancy Lieberman
Special to ESPN.com

CLEVELAND -- Which player will go first in Wednesday's WNBA draft (ESPN2, 1 p.m. ET)? Which teams are looking to trade up for a better pick?

Overall, this shapes up as the craziest draft yet. There are a lot of really good players, but no outright superstars like a Diana Taurasi or Seimone Augustus. Still, some very, very good players can be had.

Here's how the first round might shape up:

1. Phoenix: Duke guard Lindsey Harding. There's still a possibility of a trade pending with this pick. Harding plays hard on both sides and is a proven winner. She's also very mature and has improved her 3-point shooting, making 38 percent from downtown this season, her second-highest percentage in Durham.

2. San Antonio: UNC guard Ivory Latta. This is a team that needs a point guard, so the Silver Spurs could take Latta. She has quickness and great range on her shot.

3. Chicago: Mississippi guard Armintie Price. She's an explosive leaper with a nice midrange game and is a tenacious defender.

4. Minnesota: Ohio State center Jessica Davenport. The three-time Kodak All-American is solid on the blocks, a big target and a fabulous finisher with great hands.

5. New York: Duke center Alison Bales. The all-time leading shot-blocker in NCAA Tournament history is obviously a big presence down low. She can step out and hit with a nice face-up game.

6. Washington: Texas forward Tiffany Jackson. She can play both forward positions, is big and strong, and runs the floor well. Jackson's also very athletic and a good rebounder.

7. Seattle: Purdue guard Katie Gearlds. She's a shooter who can hit from long range. Gearlds also can play multiple positions.

8. Houston: Middle Tennessee guard Chrissy Givens. She's very athletic and a competitor and is a scorer with 3-point range. Givens also can defend multiple positions.

9. Indiana: Vanderbilt forward Carla Thomas. She's good around the basket, with a nice shot. She can play on the blocks or take you off the dribble and is a solid rebounder.

10. Chicago: Stanford center Brooke Smith. If the Sky want a big, they could take Smith. And it's possible Tan White could be dealt.

11. Detroit: Delaware forward Tyresa Smith. The CAA Defensive Player of the Year can post you up and has great leaping ability. She's primarily a 2-guard with an outstanding pull-up jumper.

12. Connecticut: UNC forward Camille Little. The Sun need a 4, and she fits here. She can shoot the 3 and is a terrific defender and a nice passer.

13. Connecticut: Baylor forward Bernice Mosby. A natural at the 4, she can step away from the basket and make a shot. Mosby's pretty explosive and a good rebounder.

Nancy Lieberman, an ESPN analyst and Hall of Famer, is a regular contributor to ESPN.com's women's basketball coverage. Contact her at www.nancylieberman.com.