2. Lauren Cox, 6’4 F/C, Baylor
Baylor wasn’t the only team breathing a sigh of relief when Lauren Cox’s championship game injury turned out to be less catastrophic than it looked. For WNBA teams in search of that next Breanna Stewart/Elena Delle Donne hybrid, Cox is the best bet out of the 2020 draft to make that leap as a professional. As a junior, she continued to be a force from inside the arc, with the ability to step outside, grabbing rebounds, blocking shots and even posting an assist rate near 20 percent. A big question is whether Kim Mulkey will turn her loose offensively, in the absence of Kalani Brown, allowing her to show her full array of firepower as a legit first option. There’s certainly a version of events where Cox ends up the top overall pick, especially if a team with an entrenched point guard ends up with the number one.