The Atlanta Dream added to their frontcourt Monday by taking Sancho Lyttle with the first pick of the WNBA dispersal draft of the Houston Comets. Washington, picking second, took Matee Ajavon, followed by Mistie Williams (Chicago Sky) at No. 3, Roneeka Hodges (Minnesota Lynx) at No. 4, and Sequoia Holmes (Phoenix Mercury) at No. 5.
The Sun, selecting 10th, passed on their pick, as did all of the final six teams with selections. Erica White (No. 6 to Indiana) and Renae Camino (No. 7 to Sacramento) were the final two players taken.
Atlanta needed help in the post, which Lyttle (8.2 points, 6.2 rebounds in 2008) should provide, though Ajavon was the most talented player available. Washington, which had a rotating door in its backcourt last year, gets a big boost in the former Rutgers star. Past that, the other selections should help their respective teams off the bench, at the most.
Atlanta also has the best chances of earning the No. 1 pick in the college draft when the draft lottery is held Tuesday.
"I'm very excited about it," Atlanta coach and GM Marynell Meadors said in a press release. "I think today and tomorrow can certainly be big days for the Atlanta Dream."
Here are the results in full for the dispersal draft:
1. Atlanta Dream: Sancho Lyttle (C)
2. Washington Mytics: Matee Ajavon (G)
3. Chicago Sky: Mistie Williams (F)
4. Minnesota Lynx: Roneeka Hodges (G)
5. Phoenix Mercury: Sequoia Holmes (G)
6. Indiana Fever: Erica White (G)
7. Sacramento Monarchs: Renae Camino (G)
8. New York Liberty: Pass
9. Los Angeles Sparks: Pass
10. Connecticut Sun: Pass
11. Detroit Shock: Pass
12. Seattle Storm: Pass
13. San Antonio Silver Stars: Pass