Continuing on from our HERO Sports Mock Draft Part 1, at this phase of the draft, it is extremely difficult to predict where some of these highly skilled players will go. These GM's and head coaches are looking for the best all around talent and high character players available on the board.
7. Dallas Wings: Ruthy Hebard (Oregon)
Hebard is one of the less talked about players in this draft, mainly due to her powerhouse teammates from Oregon. Hebard is a workhorse with a proven ability to play alongside talented guards and can compliment dominant interior players. She is the type of player who has the skill, but can accept the role given to her and is a true coach's dream. Her ability to put up numbers and rebound the ball make her a viable option and she'll be hard to pass up for Dallas.
8. Chicago Sky: Beatrice Mompremier (Miami)
The Chicago Sky could use some depth at the point and also interior from a rebounding and athleticism standpoint. Mompremier fell off the draft boards a bit due to an injury, but the Maimi forward has a length and athleticism unlike anyone else in this draft class. She brings a solid face up threat with a high ceiling of potential in the league.
9: Dallas Wings: Bella Alarie (Princeton)
Alarie has the potential to be one of the next major "stretch bigs" with the length and skill to play multiple positions. If she were to fall this far, (which many predict her going earlier) I would find it hard to believe Dallas passes on her based on her potential alone. Questions do arise with her transition to the WNBA from a physicality standpoint and her frame, but you can't argue the impressive versatility and skill she brings to the table for any franchise.
10: Phoenix Mercury: Megan Walker (Connecticut)
Walker declared early for the draft and shook up these boards even more. To me, she is the hardest to predict and is definitely intriguing. If she were to fall this far, Walker brings added depth to the Mercury bench at the 3/4 spot. The 6'1 forward can space the floor with her shooting ability and provides added athleticism and rebounding from the guard spot.
11: Seattle Storm: Kiah Gillespie (Florida State)
As a well-rounded offensive threat and rebounder, Gillespie's stock rose in her senior year at FSU. The Storm are loaded, but could always use added depth off the bench to play alongside Mercedes Russell and Morgan Tuck. She can shoot the ball, holds a solid IQ and passes the ball exceptionally well. At this stage of the game, the Storm have to go with the best player available and it's hard to argue against Gillespie's resume.
12: Washington Mystics: ?????
It is nearly impossible to try and predict a Washington Mystics Mike Thibault pick. The man is a basketball genius and always seems to come out with a pick from left field who eventually turns out to be a franchise player that nobody saw coming. Some viable options at this stage? Te'a Cooper (Baylor), Makiah Herbert Harrigan (South Carolina), Tynice Martin (West Virginia) or Joyner Holmes (Texas).