2018 WNBA: April 12

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  1. BabHorn

    BabHorn 10,000+ Posts

    Some mock drafts:

    https://www.draftsite.com/wnba/mock-draft/2018/
    has Ariel at #13 (top of the 2nd round) to Las Vegas
    has Brooke at #34 in the 3rd round to New York

    No Big 12 players listed in the 1st round; Ariel is the first of four Big 12 players projected in the 2nd round while Brooke is the only Big 12 player in the 3rd. Surprised that BU’s Wallace is not listed as drafted but that ACL injury late in the year probably has a lot to do with that.

    https://wbasketballblog.wordpress.com/2018/04/02/2018-wnba-mock-draft-version-3-0/
    has Ariel at #18 (6th in the 2nd round) to Dallas. Brooke at #25 (1st in the 3rd round) to Phoenix; only two others in the 2nd round and three more in the third besides Ariel and Brooke from the Big 12.

    https://highposthoops.com/2018/04/03/2018-wnba-draft-big-board-v-6-0-stevens-uconn/14/
    has Ariel at #15 (3rd in the 2nd round) going to Connecticut and Brooke at #18 (6th in the 2nd round) to Dallas. Four other Big 12 players (one in the 2nd and three in the 3rd) listed in this mock draft.
     
  2. DFW_Horn

    DFW_Horn 1,000+ Posts

    The highest I’ve seen Ariel is at #10 - a team at the bottom of the 1st/top of the 2nd is going to make out like a fat rat by getting Ariel. I actually think her best basketball is ahead of her - all of us witnessed the strides she’s made in the last 2 years when she’s been healthy.
     
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  3. DFW_Horn

    DFW_Horn 1,000+ Posts

    The results of a mock draft published today after polling WNBA GMs and coaches. Ariel going 10th to the NY Liberty:
    New York: Ariel Atkins , Texas. An all-around guard who would provide a little more speed for the Liberty.

    Brooke going late in the second to...New York:
    New York: Brooke McCarty , Texas. Another 3-pointer shooter for Katie Smith to work into the rotation.

    https://apnews.com/7750b20f7a424550acb332dde9d65e17
     
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  4. DFW_Horn

    DFW_Horn 1,000+ Posts

    Ariel grinding away before the draft. Cool to see Deja’s mom helping her arrange the gym time.

     
  5. DFW_Horn

    DFW_Horn 1,000+ Posts

    Ariel and Brooke before the draft...



     
  6. BabHorn

    BabHorn 10,000+ Posts

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  7. Run Pincher

    Run Pincher 500+ Posts

    I know one thing for sure, I've seen enough of Nurse and Williams to know I would take Ariel before them, and probably a few others too.
     
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  8. kurupt

    kurupt 100+ Posts

    I agree. I think that Ariel will be a better pro than Kia Nurse or Gabby Williams. But we all know that the WNBA teams are going to view them differently because they went to UConn. Brooke on the other hand will be very interesting. I think the team that she’s going to will be very important as to whether or not she sticks in the WNBA. I think she can have a career similar to Leilani Mitchell if she goes to the right team
     
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  9. BabHorn

    BabHorn 10,000+ Posts

    Round 1 will be televised on ESPN2 at 7 PM EST. Should be 6 PM CST.

    Rounds 2 and 3 will be on ESPNU.
     
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  10. LutherIsMyDog

    LutherIsMyDog 500+ Posts

  11. LutherIsMyDog

    LutherIsMyDog 500+ Posts

    Woohoo Ariel! She goes #7 to Washington!
     
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  12. BabHorn

    BabHorn 10,000+ Posts

    Congrats, Ariel! :hookem2:
    Payoff time for all that hard work!
     
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  13. LutherIsMyDog

    LutherIsMyDog 500+ Posts












     
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  14. LutherIsMyDog

    LutherIsMyDog 500+ Posts

  15. overseasbbfan1

    overseasbbfan1 1,000+ Posts

    Way to go Ariel!!!! You deserve every great thing that comes your way!

    Maybe I'm being a bit nit picky, or sensitive, but it seemed like Lobo just heaped praise after praise upon Gabby Williams when her name was called - voice animated and full of excitement. I guess she was fine with Ariel, but her comment..."she wasn't ever a high-volume player, and won't be for the Mystics"....I kind of get what she might have been trying to say, but she certainly didn't seem to have the same level of praise or enthusiasm as she did for Williams. And FWIW Ariel averaged 4 pts more per game than Gabby!
     
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  16. hoopsalot

    hoopsalot 100+ Posts

    I am so happy for Ariel!:yippee::bounce1::bounce2: I cannot say I predicted Ariel would be chosen in the first round (ahead of Victoria Vivians.) But I have noted a number of times that coaches seem to appreciate Ariel more than fans, except Texas fans, of course. For that reason I am not so surprised that many draft prognosticators were way off on Ariel.
     
  17. BabHorn

    BabHorn 10,000+ Posts

    man, ESPN has pretty much stopped showing the draft, now concentrating on side stories.
     
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  18. BabHorn

    BabHorn 10,000+ Posts

    Coach Tina coming up on ESPNU!!:hookem2:
     
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  19. overseasbbfan1

    overseasbbfan1 1,000+ Posts

    Tina being interviewed about her Naismith selection, and showing Ariel the love right now, great interview!
     
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  20. BabHorn

    BabHorn 10,000+ Posts

    Looks like Brooke will have to go the FA route. Might be best to select a team that she fills a need for.
    Let's go, Brooke! :hookem2:
     
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  21. DFW_Horn

    DFW_Horn 1,000+ Posts

    Surprised Brooke wasn’t drafted.
     
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  22. overseasbbfan1

    overseasbbfan1 1,000+ Posts

    Brooke will end up somewhere, I have no doubt!
     
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  23. Moooooo

    Moooooo 2,500+ Posts

    Her size is obviously a con. And, she's not a true point guard. She's not a standard shooter (two feet) from inside the arc, as she mainly launches floaters; so, just not sure her game is ideal for the WNBA.
     
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  24. BabHorn

    BabHorn 10,000+ Posts

    Congrats to the other three Big 12 players selected:
    BU's Kristy Wallace at 16th to Atlanta; Loryn Goodwin, OSU, at #18 to Dallas and Teana Muldrow (WVU) at 29 to Seattle (I think).
     
  25. DFW_Horn

    DFW_Horn 1,000+ Posts

    Disregarding the butchering of Jamie Carey’s last name, great to hear the coaches really going to bat for their players.

     
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  26. DFW_Horn

    DFW_Horn 1,000+ Posts

    Random trivia...Princeton SF Leslie Robinson, 34th overall pick, is the niece of some fairly famous people - Barack and Michelle Obama.
     
  27. BBV_Horn

    BBV_Horn 1,000+ Posts

    You are not being nit-picky..I often get quite irritated with Rebecca Lobo's obvious & (IMHO) unprofessional statements where she fawns over everything UConn, and ignores everyone/anything not UConn. Just very tired of her baloney...:brickwall::brickwall:
     
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  28. BBV_Horn

    BBV_Horn 1,000+ Posts

    Liked the interview...gave such props to Ariel!! Too bad she couldn't have worked in a plug for Brooke!! We are so lucky to have Tina!!
     
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  29. kurupt

    kurupt 100+ Posts

    The only issue with Brooke is her size. Other than that, she has everything that you need to be successful in the WNBA. And if it doesn’t work out for her in the WNBA she will have a lot of success overseas if that’s what she chooses to do.
     
  30. STHAustin

    STHAustin 25+ Posts

    I think Brooke will be a fan favorite wherever she lands.
     
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