HARTFORD CT - DECEMBER 21: Maya Moore #23 and Michala Johnson #25 of the Connecticut celebrate after a win over Florida State on December 21 2010 in Hartford Connecticut. Connecticut set a record with 89 straight wins without a defeat. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

2011 WNBA Draft: Minnesota Lynx Have Five New Members After Monday's Draft

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2011 WNBA Draft: Minnesota Lynx Take Kachine "The Machine" Alexander

The Minnesota Lynx made the fifth of their five draft selections this afternoon by drafting a Minneapolis native, selecting point guard Kachine "The Machine" out of the University of Iowa.

Alexander is a 5'9" guard that, going into the season, was called the best inch-for-inch rebounder in the country by ESPN.com. She averaged 13.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game this season for the Hawkeyes. . .yes, somebody that's 5'9" averaged nearly 10 rebounds per game. That's impressive is what that is.

Plus she has a great nickname. . .I mean, come on. Kachine "The Machine?" That's some kind of awesome right there.

So now, the Minnesota Lynx have completed their 2011 WNBA Draft. As we mentioned earlier, there's a chance that at least one of the five ladies that the team drafted this afternoon, or even some of the players currently on the roster, could be dealt in the near future, but we'll have to see what happens.


2011 WNBA Draft: Minnesota Lynx Select Felicia Chester

With the second of their two picks in the second round of the 2011 WNBA Draft, the Minnesota Lynx selected 6'3" forward Felicia Chester from DePaul University.

Chester was an Honorable Mention on this season's all-Big East team, as she averaged 11.3 points and 6.5 rebounds a game for the Blue Demons in 2010-11. She shot 56.7% from the floor as well.

Unfortunately, our friends at Swish Appeal don't have a scouting report on Felicia Chester, so we can't fill in any more blanks for you. We will try to rectify this later on.

So, the Minnesota Lynx have one selection remaining in the 2011 WNBA Draft, the second pick of the third round, number 26 overall. The Lynx have drafted a lot of forwards this evening, and there's no guarantee that they're going to keep all of them. If any of them get shipped out of town, we will let you know and keep you updated.


2011 WNBA Draft: Minnesota Lynx Select Jessica Breland With First Pick Of Round Two

With the first pick of the second round of the 2011 WNBA Draft, the 13th overall selection, the Minnesota Lynx grabbed another forward when they selected Jessica Breland, a 6'3" forward out of the University of North Carolina.

Breland averaged 12.4 points a game and 7.1 rebounds a contest for the Tarheels, despite only playing 23 minutes per game. She also missed the entire 2009-2010 season with Hodgkin's lymphoma before making a comeback this year.

What does Swish Appeal think of Jessica Breland?

A 6'3 post, Jessica Breland returned to the court this season after missing the entire prior year with Hodgkin's lymphoma.  It took a while to get her stamina back, and, at the end of the year, it was still an issue, but her game improved all year, culminating in an ACC tournament performance where she averaged 19.5 points and 6.8 rebounds as UNC went to the finals before falling.   Her junior season (2008-09), she had averaged 14 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 blocks.  A team drafting Jessica will be looking for a return to that form, but will need patience.

The Lynx have the next selection as well, the 14th overall pick, so we'll see what they do there.


2011 WNBA Draft: Minnesota Lynx Tab Amber Harris With Fourth Overall Pick

After selecting Maya Moore with the draft's top pick, the Minnesota Lynx followed that up by selecting Amber Harris, a 6'5" forward from Xavier University in Ohio.

Harris is the two-time defending Atlantic Ten Conference Player of the Year, and a four-time all-conference selection.

Here's what the folks at Swish Appeal think of Amber Harris, calling her the second-best player in the country after. . .Maya Moore.

Consistency, consistency, consistency.  That's what you get with Amber Harris.  At 6'5, Harris is not just a back to the basket post player.  She is a face up forward, adept with the ball in her hands anywhere on the court.  There isn't much that Amber can't do, and he she has shown the dedication and work ethic to continue to put in the time working on the skills that need it.  Harris has become a capable ball handler and distributor as well as a dynamic scorer and solid rebounder.

Another impressive pick for the Lynx with a selection that they had acquired from the Connecticut Sun.

Minnesota's next selections will be the first and second picks of the second round, the 13th and 14th selections overall.

While you're waiting for that. . .check out this Amber Harris highlight.


2011 WNBA Draft: Minnesota Lynx Shock Nobody, Take Maya Moore First Overall

With the first overall selection in the 2011 WNBA Draft, the Minnesota Lynx selected University of Connecticut forward Maya Moore, to the surprise of absolutely nobody.

Moore was the consensus best player in women's college basketball this past season, and brings a truckload of awards with her to Minneapolis.

Here's what our friends at Swish Appeal, SB Nation's college basketball site, have to say about Moore.

Adept both in the paint and out on the perimeter, Maya Moore is as complete a prospect to enter the WNBA in quite some team.  She still can improve her handling of the ball, and she's been known to be out of position on defense occasionally, but she has a quickness and anticipation on both ends of the court that have helped overcome any weaknesses.  Two NCAA championships, multitudes of All-American and Player of the Year awards, a possible Rhodes Scholar, and as nice a kid as I've ever met.  Maya is the complete package.

Sounds like a pretty good deal for the Lynx, from where I sit.

The Lynx have selected their second player as well, and we'll have a piece up here about her as well.


2011 WNBA Draft: Swish Appeal's Final First Round WNBA Mock Draft

Over at SB Nation's home of women's basketball, Swish Appeal, they have posted their final WNBA mock draft leading up to this afternoon's proceedings, projecting the first round's twelve selections.

They have the Lynx selecting Maya Moore at number one. . .think the operative word for that selection at this point is simply "duh". . .and with the fourth pick, they have the Lynx selecting Xavier forward Amber Harris. Here's their analysis of the pick:

Assuming (Gonzaga guard Courtney) Vandersloot goes third, Harris seems too talented to fall below this point. But with Anosike gone, there's also a feeling that the Lynx could go with a true center in Ta'Shia Phillips, which could help strengthen their post defense.

Anoskie refers to center Nicky Anosike, who was dealt to the Washington Mystics a few days ago in exchange for Washington's 2012 first-round selection.

Which way will the Lynx go in this year's WNBA Draft? In a little more than two hours, we can all turn on ESPN and see for ourselves.

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