Ladies, now the real work begins……

By Yolande Lezine
Updated: April 8, 2009

WNBA HOUSTON — With the NCAA women’s tournament now complete, WNBA coaches and general managers are making their final assessments on this year’s talented crop of draft prospects.

15 of the top women’s basketball prospects have been invited to the 2009 WNBA Draft presented by Adidas on Thursday at the NBA Entertainment studios in Secaucus, New Jersey.

ESPN2 will provide live coverage and analysis of the first round of the draft beginning at 3:00 p.m., while ESPNU and NBA TV will broadcast the second and third rounds. In addition, WNBA.com will cover all three rounds, providing complete anaylsis and comphrensive information on all 13 teams selections.

The players invited to attend the 2009 WNBA Draft are as follows:

Chante Black (Duke), DeWanna Bonner (Auburn), Marissa Coleman (Maryland), Briann January (Arizona State), Lyndra Littles (Virginia), Rashanda McCants (North Carolina), Angel McCoughtry (Louisville), Renee Montgomery (UConn), Ashley and Courtney Paris (Oklahoma), Kristi Toliver (Maryland), Kia Vaughn (Rutgers), Ashley Walker (Cal), Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton (Purdue), and Shavonte Zellous (Pittsburgh).

The Atlanta Dream will have the first pick followed by the Washington Mystics, Chicago Sky, Minnesota Lynx, and the Phoenix Mercury. Picks number six-thirteen will be made in the following order: Indiana Fever, Sacramento Monarchs, New York Liberty, Minnesota Lynx, Connecticut Sun, Detroit Shock, Seattle Storm and the Los Angeles Sparks.

Here is a look at our Mock Draft selection for the first five picks.

1. Atlanta: Angel McCoughtry, Forward, Louisville.

2. Washington: Courtney Paris, Post, Oklahoma.

3. Chicago: Marissa Coleman, Guard/Forward, Maryland.

4. Minnesota: DeWanna Bonner, Guard, Auburn.

5. Phoenix: Renee Montgomery, Guard, UConn.

The WNBA will host a draft meet and greet with top prospects at the NBA Store in New York and later have a pre-draft celebration with top prospects at ESPN Zone in Times Square.