Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike is expected to be the top overall pick in the WNBA draft Monday night two years after sister Nneka was taken first by the Los Angeles Sparks.
The Connecticut Sun is considering using the No. 1 pick on the Pac-12's all-time leading scorer and rebounder although coach Anne Donovan left room for another option.
While the Sun is leaning toward Ogwumike because of its need for immediate help in the post, Donovan said recently she also is considering Baylor's All-American guard Odyssey Sims.
"Everyone who thinks Chiney is a foregone conclusion" has it wrong, Donovan said. "It depends on guard or post. I don't know that Odyssey isn't the most pro ready" player in the country.
The 6-foot-3-inch Ogwumike is one of 12 prospects scheduled to attend the draft at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. ESPN2 will broadcast the first round live starting at 5 p.m. Pacific.
The left-handing shooting Sims last week won the Wade trophy as college player of the year while Ogwumike won the John R. Wooden Award as the country's top player. Ogwumike, a two-time Pac-12 player of the year, led Stanford to the women's Final Four last week in Nashville, Tenn., where the Cardinal fell to national champion Connecticut.
Whatever the Sun decide, it seems almost certain that Ogwumike and Sims will be the first two players taken in a class lacking the star power of last year's group that included Brittney Griner, Elena Delle Donne and Skylar Diggins. The Tulsa Shock, which has the second overall pick, plans to take whichever player the Sun doesn't select.
"We will do the opposite of what they do," said Fred Williams, Tulsa's general manager/coach. "Either player is a good fit."
Chiney Ogwumike perhaps never showed her full range of capabilities while leading Stanford the past two seasons after the graduation of Nneka Ogwumike, the 2012 WNBA rookie of the year.
Because Stanford had such great shooters, coach Tara VanDerveer kept Chiney Ogwumike in the post to rebound and score off layups. Donovan said Ogwumike will need to work on being a better outside shooter in the WNBA.
"She showed it to be spotty," Donovan said.
The coach added it would be "a stretch for her to go against" a WNBA center.
But Ogwumike's ability to improve after being a three-time All-American is a big upside for the Sun.
"She's done all the right things to get pro ready," Donovan said. "She has showed a hunger to get better.
"I was never a huge believer in the Pac-12 but this year I was really impressed. The Pac-12 has gotten much stronger from top to bottom and prepared her for the pros."
Other featured draft prospects include Connecticut's Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley, Notre Dame's Natalie Achonwa and Kayla McBride, Louisville's Shoni Schimmel and Maryland's Alyssa Thomas.
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