The San Antonio Stars enter tonight’s WNBA Draft with the third pick and they’ll be looking for some frontcourt help. With Standord forward Chiney Ogwumike likely a lock for the first overall pick, a majority of mock drafts are picking Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas as the Stars’ selection.
With Ogwumike and Sims off the board, things open up here and there has been some buzz about teams attempting to trade up to the No. 3. San Antonio holds the coveted spot and after an injury-ravaged 2013 season which saw stars (pun-not-intended) Becky Hammon and Sophia Young-Malcolm (recent name change due to marriage) stuck on the sidelines, look for the Stars to resist all other suitors and grab Alyssa Thomas, the three-time ACC Player of the Year and All-American out of Maryland. Thomas, who describes herself as “hard working, competitive and humble” is 6-2 forward with guard skills and a willingness to bang in the paint and grab rebounds (over 1,235 during her Terrapin career) .
Some teams may be looking to trade up and if Dan Hughes feels like Thomas could slip or if there is another promising prospect a few picks down the line, don’t be surprised if he makes a move here.
Be sure to check back for Stephen Anderson’s post on draft candidates before the draft starts tonight.