If you’re interested in watching the likely top picks in the 2009 WNBA Draft as they complete their college careers, tonight offers a terrific matchup. Louisville and Maryland will square off at 4 p.m. Pacific on ESPN with a spot in the Final Four on the line. That means a matchup between Louisville’s Angel McCoughtry and Maryland’s Marissa Coleman, the No. 1 and No. 2 picks in my first mock draft. McCoughtry and Coleman will likely end up going against each other much of the evening.
The Terrapins also feature senior Kristi Toliver, who could be the first guard selected and topped storm.wnba.com’s rankings of the point guards released last Friday. Louisville forward Candyce Bingham is another senior prospect.
Tonight’s second regional final, Stanford-Iowa State, is not as big in terms of the draft. Cardinal forward Jillian Harmon is the top senior prospect on display, with Stanford’s top players still underclassmen. Still, Iowa State will be looking to complete an improbable run to the Final Four while Stanford looks to get back for a second straight year with the benefit of a friendly crowd in nearby Berkeley. That matchup follows Maryland-Louisville on ESPN2.
While watching Saturday’s games, I shared some thoughts on Twitter, including my belief that Coleman might just be the best prospect available.