For the next few days, in anticipation of the WNBA draft, being held on Thursday April 13th, Dishin & Swishin will present podcast to help familiarize you with some of the potentially top picks in the draft.
Today, we start with most likely the number one pick overall, and one of the more interesting prospects to come around in years, the University of Washington's dynamic duo of Kelsey Plum and Chantel Osahor. We are happy to discuss them with their former coach at Washington, Mike Neighbors, the new head coach at Arkansas.
Plum is surely at the top of the list of the San Antonio Stars, owners of the number one pick. How could she not be?
After breaking records throughout the Pac-12 and nationally, Plum won the Naismith and Wooden Awards as top player in the country, Lieberman award as best point guard, and Staley award given to the top guard in the country, among other honors.
What should make her the number one overall pick, however, according to one former coach and GM we talked to, is the leadership she brings to the court. According to that coach and GM, talented players are coachable, and there are several worthy of the number pick based on their game, but when you take the number one overall pick, you want more. You want that person that will come in, and accept the responsibilities on and off the court that go with that position. Plum is that person.
Her teammate Osahor makes for a much more interesting situation come draft day.
Osahor's statistics scream first round pick: 15.8 points per game, 15.3 rebounds per game, 4.1 assists per game. She is extremely intelligent, and has tremendous hands.
Her size and speed, as well as concerns about injuries could scare off WNBA teams. She did average over 33 minutes per game this season, and played in 33 of 34 games, so her stamina and ability to stay healthy should be less of a concern.
As coach Neighbors discusses on the podcast, Washington kept a schedule