There was never a question whose name would be called first at Monday's WNBA Draft before the Phoenix Mercury selected Baylor Bears standout Brittney Griner with the top overall pick.
University of Delaware forward Elena Delle Donne went second to the Chicago Sky and Notre Dame guard Skylar Diggins went third to the Tulsa Shock. In all, 36 women over three rounds were drafted.
01. Brittney Griner, Phoenix Mercury
The 6'8 center was the first NCAA player to score 2,000 points and block 500 shots, and she cemented herself as one of the top players in the history of the college sport. Griner averaged 23.6 points, 9.4 rebounds and 4.2 blocks per game before her Bears were upset by the Louisville Cardinals in the NCAA Tournament. She's the second-leading scorer in women's NCAA history at 3,283 points, and she owns the record for blocked shots amongst both men and women at 748.
02. Elena Delle Donne, Chicago Sky
The Chicago Sky just barely missed the playoffs last year, and with the arrival of Delle Donne it seems like the postseason problem has been solved. The 6'5 forward is capable of playing multiple positions and was the second-leading scorer in the nation last season at 26 points per game. She is fifth all-time in NCAA history with 3,039 career points.
03. Skylar Diggins, Tulsa Shock
Notre Dame became the second school in history to have top-four picks in back-to-back years, as the Shock acquired one of the more prolific players in Fighting Irish history. Diggins holds or co-owns 32 game, season and career records at Notre Dame, and she's the only Notre Dame basketball player to gather 2,000 points, 500 rebounds, 500 assists and 300 steals in a career.
04. Tayler Hill, Washington Mystics
The top three of the draft was pretty much set in stone, and many people are saying that the draft class will be referred to as the "top four" in future years. In Tayler Hill, the Mystics are getting one of the better college guards and a defensive stalwart. Hill scored 2,015 points with 240 steals over her career at Ohio State, resulting in All-Big Ten first team and defensive team honors.
05. Kelsey Bone, New York Liberty
The Liberty picked Texas A&M forward Kelsey Bone, who should immediately help bolster the Liberty's rebounding woes. New York was middle of the pack last year, but bringing in the 6'3 Bone should help. Bone averaged 9.3 rebounds a game last year and set an Aggie Reed Arena record with 17 rebounds against Ole Miss.
06. Tianna Hawkins, Seattle Storm
The Storm, who will be missing the services of All-Star forward Lauren Jackson due to injury, drafted 6'3 Maryland Terrapins forward Tianna Hawkins. Hawkins led the Terrapins with 18 points a game and finished her college career shooting 57 percent from the field. She attacks the glass with a fury, holding the Maryland women's record with 24 rebounds against Wake Forest on Jan. 29, 2012.
07. Toni Young, New York Liberty
She just missed out on the London Olympics in the high jump, but luckily Young can fall back on her basketball career. She is the second player in Oklahoma State history to be drafted into the WNBA. Young was an honorable mention to the All-American team by the Associated Press and led the Cowboys in both points (16) and rebounds (10.1) per game.
08. Kayla Alexander, San Antonio Silver Stars
The all-time leading scorer for the Syracuse Orange is now also the first player in team history to be selected in the first-round of the WNBA Draft. Outside of holding the scoring record, Alexander also holds records for career blocks, field goals made, free throws and games played. Her 96 wins over the four years she played for Syracuse is also a team record.
09. Layshia Clarendon, Indiana Fever
Perhaps no one boosted their draft stock more than Clarendon during the NCAA Tournament as she became the highest draft pick from the Golden Bears in school history. Clarendon and her automatic mid-range jumper pulled Cal into their first Final Four in school history behind her 21.4 points during the tournament.
10. A'dia Matthies, Los Angeles Sparks
Matthies was named the SEC Player of the Year by the Associated Press and is now the highest draft pick in school history. Matthies is a prolific scorer and spot on from behind the three-point line, where she shot 42 percent last year. She scored in double digits in every game last season except for two and led the Kentucky Wildcats to four straight tournament appearances, highlighted by back-to-back trips to the Elite Eight.
11. Kelly Faris, Connecticut Sun
The Connecticut Sun probably know best what all-around glue girl Kelly Faris can do. Although she didn't lead the team or league in any of the major statistical categories, she is the second Connecticut Huskies player (behind Maya Moore) to record at least 1,000 points, 750 rebounds, 500 assists and 250 steals.
12. Lindsey Moore, Minnesota Lynx
After losing in the WNBA finals last year, the Lynx picked up a true guard in Moore to supplement veteran Lindsay Whalen. Moore passed the ball better than any Cornhusker in Nebraska history, holding both the school's career assist record (699) and single-season record (195).
01. Alex Bentley, Atlanta Dream
02. Sugar Rodgers, Minnesota Lynx
03. Kamiko Williams, New York Liberty
04. Davellyn Whyte, San Antonio Silver Stars
05. Nadirah McKenith, Washington Mystics
06. Chelsea Poppens, Seattle Storm
07. Emma Meesseman, Washington Mystics
08. Diandra Tchatchouang, San Antonio Silver Stars
09. Jasmine Hassel, Indiana Fever
10. Brittany Chambers, Los Angeles Sparks
11. Anna Prins, Connecticut Sun
12. Chucky Jeffery, Minnesota Lynx
01. Shenneika Smith, New York Liberty (from Washington)
02. Nikki Greene, Phoenix Mercury
03. Olcay Cakir, New York Liberty
04. Brooklyn Pope, Chicago Sky
05. Angel Goodrish, Tulsa Shock
06. Jasmine James, Seattle Storm
07. Anna Marie Armstrong, Atlanta Dream
08. Whitney Hand, San Antonio Silver Stars
09. Jennifer George, Indiana Fever
10. Alina Iagupova, Los Angeles Sparks
11. Andrea Smith, Connecticut Sun
12. Waltiea Rolle, Minnesota Lynx