Teaira McCowan ranked among the top choices in the WNBA mock-up project


NEW YORK – The Associated Press has interviewed a panel of WNBA coaches and general managers for a two-round faux-projet this spring. The panelists were limited to seniors and eligible foreign players, and they could not offer choice to their own team. While last season there was a no-1 No-fault at A'ja Wilson, there is no consensual first choice this year. The first three choices remained the same for the first model with Teaira McCowan, Asia Durr and Kalani Brown (1-2-3).

The PA will periodically update the draft map.

First round:

1. Las Vegas: Teaira McCowan, State of Mississippi. The Aces franchise has the No. 1 pick for the third consecutive year and can add a dominant post player to complete Wilson.

2. New York: Asia Durr, Louisville. Liberty has many holes to fill. Getting a guard who can create his own shot would help.

3. Indiana: Kalani Brown, Baylor. The fever could use a big postman, and the 6-foot-8 Brown would do just that.

4. Chicago: Ezi Magbegor, Australia. Decided to play professional basketball at home instead of going to an American college. She is athletic and will be 6 feet 4 inches tall. She will be a tough guard for opposing teams. Would give new coach James Wade a post sports player.

5. Dallas: Katie Lou Samuelson, UConn. Would give Dallas an indispensable external threat to potentially complement Liz Cambage and Skylar Diggins.

6. Minnesota: Arike Ogunbowale, Notre Dame. He knows how to hit hard after meeting winners in Final Four and NCAA titles last season.

7. Los Angeles: Napheesa Collier, UConn. New coach Derek Fisher would need another sportsman to join Nneka Ogwumike and Candace Parker.

8. Phoenix: Brianna Turner, Our Lady. Turner would provide coach Sandy Brondello with more athleticism in the post. In good health, she is one of the best university basketball players.

9. Connecticut: Sophie Cunningham, Missouri. Cunningham (6-foot-1) was a SEC pick last season with an average of 18.5 points and 4.7 rebounds. It could provide another offensive spark and tenacity to the sun.

10. Washington: Kristine Anigwe, California. Give Mystics another player who knows how to score and bounce.

11. Atlanta: Alanna Smith, Stanford. Provides another 3 pointer shooter for the dream since Smith shoots 48% from the back of the bow. She is also strong on the defensive side, blocking the shots and flying the ball.

12. Seattle: Anriel Howard, State of Mississippi. Coach Vic Schaefer has made a solid contribution to both ends of the field. Excellent rebounder for his size at 5 feet 11 inches.

Second turn:

1. Phoenix: Jessica Shepard, Our Lady. Shepard is a great rebounder and scorer. He showed Notre Dame last season that she could compete with elite level players. She was instrumental in the Irish champion's victory at the national championship.

2. New York: Xu Han, China. The 19-year-old Chinese star scored 20 points against the United States at the FIBA ​​World Cup in September. She is 6 feet 9 inches tall and is only beginning to tap into her talent. Although she may be in a few years, coach Katie Smith was impressed by what she saw from Xu at the World Cup.

3. Chicago: Caliya Robinson, Georgia. A 6 foot 3 inch blocker that can also score. Would provide more depth in the Chicago court.

4. Minnesota: Kenisha Bell, Minnesota. Cheryl Reeve would replace a Golden Gophers goalkeeper with another. The freshman, Lindsay Whalen, will prepare Bell for the pros.

5. Dallas: Marina Mabrey, Notre Dame: With the status of Skylar Diggins for the season in the air due to her pregnancy, would give depth to the guard post for new coach Brian Agler.

6. Minnesota: Kitija Laksa, South Florida. Laksa is recovering from an ACL tear and will not be ready for the WNBA season, but is one of the college's best shooters when she is in good health and has shown she can play against pros when she played for Latvia at the World Cup.

7. Los Angeles: Chloe Jackson, Baylor. A huge match against UConn (11 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds) showed that she could play against the best players in the university and allowed her to reach the WNBA record.

8. Minnesota: Jenna Allen, State of Michigan. Publish big numbers for the Spartans this season and provide depth on the field for the Lynx.

9. Connecticut: Megan Gustafson, Iowa. Leading the country in scoring (26.4 points) and fifth in the rebound. Would provide another strong presence to coach Curt Miller.

10. Dallas: Paris Kea, North Carolina. Can score points on the board since she became the fourth Tar Heels player to score 1,000 points in her first two seasons with the program.

11. Atlanta: Kiara Leslie, N.C. Recently, she had to improve her performance by hurting Grace Hunter. Will be a valuable goal scorer for the dream.

12. Seattle: Cierra Dillard, Buffalo. A scorer who has definitely left his mark at Buffalo, placing them at Sweet 16 last season.