Tennessee will have a strong presence at the WNBA draft.
Three Lady Vols — Shekinna Stricklen, Glory Johnson and Vicki Baugh — are among the 15 players invited to the women's basketball professional league's annual event, which takes place at 2 p.m. Monday at ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn. Stricklen and Johnson are projected as top-four picks.
Stanford All-American forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike is the consensus choice at the top pick to Los Angeles. During a pre-draft teleconference on Wednesday, ESPN analyst Rebecca Lobo grouped Stricklen and Johnson with Miami (Fla.) guard Shenise Johnson as the next three players likely to be chosen. Seattle holds the second pick, followed by Minnesota and Tulsa.
UT's Johnson, a 6-foot-3 forward, is coming off her best season, earning State Farm All-America honors and being named the SEC defensive player of the year. She finished her career as just the second Lady Vol to grab 1,200 rebounds.
The 6-2 Stricklen was named an honorable mention All-American this season and was UT's leading scorer, averaging 15.4 points per game. As a junior, she was named SEC player of the year.
Baugh, a 6-4 center who underwent multiple knee surgeries during her Lady Vols career, played 35 games this season and led the team in field goal percentage (57.7 percent).
Recruiting Update: Wilka Montout, a 6-5 center from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, will not be visiting Tennessee. Northeastern coach Jim Rowland said Wednesday that Montout chose Washington instead for her fifth and final visit. Rowland said that Montout will pick a school based on her desire to pursue a degree in International Business.
"It definitely wasn't basketball,'' said Rowland regarding why Montout opted not to visit UT. "It was the academic side of it."
Tennessee still is pursuing Uju Ugoka, a 6-foot forward from Gulf Coast (Fla.) Community College.