NEW YORK — The Associated Press polled a panel of WNBA coaches and general managers for a mock draft of the two rounds this spring.
Panelists were limited to college seniors and eligible foreign players, and they could not offer a pick for their own team.
While last season there was a clear-cut No. 1 in A'ja Wilson, there is no consensus top pick this year.
1. Las Vegas: Teaira McCowan, Mississippi State. The Aces franchise has the No. 1 pick for the third year in a row and can add a dominant post player to complement Wilson.
2. New York: Asia Durr, Louisville. The Liberty have many holes to fill. Getting a scoring guard who can create her own shot would help.
3. Indiana: Kalani Brown, Baylor. The Fever could use a big post player, and the 6-foot-8 Brown would fill that role well.
4. Chicago: Ezi Magbegor, Australia. Decided to play professional basketball at home instead of going to a U.S. college. She's 6-foot-4 and athletic and will be a difficult guard for opposing teams. Would give new coach James Wade an athletic post player.
5. Dallas: Katie Lou Samuelson, UConn. Would give Dallas a much-needed consistent threat from the outside to potentially complement Liz Cambage and Skylar Diggins.
6. Minnesota: Arike Ogunbowale, Notre Dame. Definitely knows how to hit the big shot after connecting on game-winners in the Final Four and NCAA title game last season.
7. Los Angeles: Napheesa Collier, UConn. New coach Derek Fisher would gain yet another athletic post player to join Nneka Ogwumike and Candace Parker.
8. Phoenix: Brianna Turner, Notre Dame. Turner would provide coach Sandy Brondello more athleticism in the post. When healthy she's one of the best players in college basketball.
9. Connecticut: Sophie Cunningham, Missouri. The 6-foot-1 Cunningham was an All-SEC pick last season who averaged 18.5 points and 4.7 rebounds. She could provide another offensive spark and toughness to the Sun.
10. Washington: Kristine Anigwe, California. Would give Mystics another athletic post player who knows how to score and rebound.
11. Atlanta: Alanna Smith, Stanford. Provides another 3-pointer shooter for the Dream as Smith is shooting 48 percent from behind the arc. She's also strong on the defensive side blocking shots and stealing the ball.
12. Seattle: Anriel Howard, Mississippi State. Has been a solid contributor on both ends of the court for coach Vic Schaefer. Great rebounder for her size at 5-foot-11.