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    The WNBA Draft is set for April 16, 2012.

    2012 WNBA Draft Order

    First Round

    1) Los Angeles (15-19)
    2) Seattle from Chicago (14-20) (Cash/Willingham, 1/2/12)
    3) Minnesota from Washington (6-28) (Anosike, 4/5/11)
    4) Tulsa (3-31)
    5) San Antonio (18-16)
    6) Phoenix (19-15)
    7) New York (19-15)
    8) Washington from Atlanta (20-14) (Harding/Miller/Phillips, 4/11/11)
    9) Connecticut (21-13)
    10) Washington from Seattle (21-13) (Smith, Monroe, Thomas, Phillips, 4/29/11)
    11) Indiana (21-13)
    12) Minnesota (27-7)

    Second Round

    1) Los Angeles from Tulsa (3-31) (Riley, 2/1/11)
    2) Atlanta from Washington (6-28) (Harding/Miller/Phillips, 4/11/11)
    3) Los Angeles from Chicago (14-20) (Wisdom-Hylton, 5/31/11)
    4) Los Angeles (15-19)
    5) Tulsa from San Antonio (18-16) (S. Robinson, 5/2/11)
    6) Minnesota from Phoenix (19-15) (Houston, 2/28/12)
    7) Minnesota from New York (19-15) (Breland/A. Robinson, 4/11/11)
    8) Minnesota from Atlanta (20-14) (Chester/Jarry, 4/11/11)
    9) Connecticut (21-13)
    10) Seattle (21-13)
    11) Chicago from Indiana (21-13) via Seattle (Smith, Monroe, Thomas, Phillips, 4/29/11) (Cash/Willingham, 1/2/12)
    12) Phoenix from Minnesota (27-7) (Houston, 2/28/12)

    Third Round

    1) Tulsa (3-31)
    2) Washington (6-28)
    3) Chicago (14-20)
    4) Los Angeles (15-19)
    5) Tulsa from San Antonio (18-16) (S. Robinson, 5/2/11)
    6) Phoenix (19-15)
    7) Minnesota from New York (19-15) (Hollingsworth, 5/27/11)
    8) Atlanta (20-14)
    9) Phoenix from Connecticut (21-13) (T. Robinson, 4/11/11)
    10) Indiana from Seattle (21-13) (Smith, Monroe, Thomas, Phillips, 4/29/11)
    11) Washington from Indiana (21-13) (Smith, Monroe, Thomas, Phillips, 4/29/11)
    12) New York from Minnesota (27-7) (Hollingsworth, 5/27/11)

    Also:

    WNBA Preseason Schedule

    WNBA 2012 Regular Season Schedule
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    WNBA Transactions

    My favorite signing was the Seattle Storm inking veterans Tina Thompson and Ann Wauters.
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    Penny Taylor of the Phoenix Mercury will miss the 2012 WNBA season due to an ACL tear.
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    WNBA 2012 Draft Order

    The Los Angeles Sparks will pick first overall and across draft boards, Stanford's Nnemkadi Ogwumike as the first pick overall.

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    2012 WNBA Draft Results

    Los Angeles Sparks select Nnemkadi Ogwumike of Stanford as expected.
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    The Atlanta Dream selected an ineligible player in the third round, Isabelle Yacoubou. League rules stipulate that international players can only be drafted in the year in which they turn 20. Yacoubou turns 26 this Saturday. The Dream can still sign her as a free agent.
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    Some interesting and somewhat surprising 1st round drafts:
    # 7 Kelley Cain (NY Liberty), she retired one year ago from Tennessee as a redshirt junior, "ending her career after multiple surgeries etc", but she resumed playing last season in Turkey. Good luck !
    # 9 Astan Dabo (Conn Suns), 19y 6-8 C from Mali currently playing in France (Reims).
    #12 Damiris Dantas do Amaral (Minnesota), 19y 6-4 C from Brazil and playing in Spain. She's the most talented of the three, with plenty of international experience and was the top scorer and MVP at the 2011 U19 World championship.

    Other international draftees:
    2nd round: Farhiya Abdi (Sweden, 19y), Nika Baric (Slovenia, 19y). 3rd round: Isabelle Yacoubou (France 6-5, 2012 Euroleague champ).

    NCAA undrafted players (among others):
    Da'Shena Stevens (St John's), Cierra Bravard (Florida St), Ashley Corral (USC), Adaora Elonu (Texas A&M), Tavelyn James (E. Michigan).

    Complete Draft: http://www.wnba.com/draft/2012/draft_board.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by CKR13 View Post
    The Atlanta Dream selected an ineligible player in the third round, Isabelle Yacoubou. League rules stipulate that international players can only be drafted in the year in which they turn 20. Yacoubou turns 26 this Saturday. The Dream can still sign her as a free agent.
    Does this mean, there should be place for another eligible player in the draft ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by carlo View Post
    Does this mean, there should be place for another eligible player in the draft ?
    It is a distant possibility that the Atlanta Dream will forfeit their draft pick and renounce rights to the said player. But I doubt Atlanta will renounce their rights to Isabelle. Most likely, the Dream will make training camp invites to another undrafted prospect.
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    #6 pick Samantha Prahalis on platforms...not the shortest player in the draft any longer !

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    1st Round #9 pick Astan Dabo played with Mali U19 NT at the 2009 World championship, when she was just 17. In one prelim game Mali met USA (losing 100-38) and she played vs six USA team's members drafted this year, #1 Nneka Ogwumike, #5 Shenise Johnson, #6 Samantha Prahalis, #10 Lasondra Barrett, Round 2 #9 Chay Shegog and # 12 C'eira Ricketts. For the record, in that game Dabo scored 2 points and collected 8 rebounds.

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    Purdue's standout Brittany Rayburn went undrafted. But she has been invited to the training camp of the WNBA Defending Champions, the Minnesota Lynx.
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    I like what the New York Liberty have done so far. They went big an drafted Tennessee's Kelley Cain, who played in Turkey, this January. Then they signed the veteran DeMya Walker, one of the relics of the defunct Sacramento Monarchs. They also added depth in the back-court with the signing of big guard Kelly Miller.
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    The Connecticut Suns are in the market for a back-up center for Tina Charles.
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    The Los Angeles Sparks have signed forward Candace Parker to a multi-year extension.
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    The Chicago Sky too have resigned 2011 Defensive Player of the Year Sylvia Fowles to a multi-year contract deal.

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    The 2012 regular season will open on May 18 and 14 preseason games will be played from May 5 to 15.
    Los Angeles Sparks will host China NT on May 5 (Chinese team will later play the USA NT on May 12 in Seattle).
    Japan NT too will play the Sparks on May 10, after visiting the Phoenix Mercury on May 8.

    Complete feature here:
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    The Minnesota Lynx are ready for their title defense for the 2012 season. Maya Moore is back in the fold, alongside their standouts.

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    Catching up with WNBA Hall of Famer Lisa Leslie.

    In retirement, Lisa Leslie exceeds expectations of female athlete
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