9. Connecticut Sun: Kristine Anigwe, 6’4 F, California
It’s an interesting position for Curt Miller at 9: there’s no obvious area of need for this team, short of an elite scorer who will take over games late if there’s any doubt about Courtney Williams assuming that role (I, for one, do not have that doubt, but it exists in some quarters). And the team is already overstuffed at the 4/5 with Jonquel Jones, Chiney Ogwumike and Alyssa Thomas, not to mention Bri Jones. But there are a few reasons you could see Anigwe head to Mohegan on draft night, and I’m not talking about Bobby’s Burger Palace. Anigwe was the best rebounder in the country — better even than McCowan. She is a legit 6’4, possibly even taller, and so strong. So one-on-one, she’s going to be difficult to stop at the rim, and when help defenders come against the Sun, well, everyone shoots it well from three. Her defensive chops would mean you could deploy her with Jones and allow Jones to avoid the wear-and-tear of guarding opposing fives, keeping her fresher down the stretch of games. Same is true for lineups with Ogwumike. And on a rookie contract, Anigwe can eventually supplant one of them to help resolve a salary cap crunch that is rapidly approaching.