Alexis Peterson of Syracuse and Shayla Cooper of Ohio State already have put the finishing touches on their college basketball careers, but both still have to tie up a few loose ends.

Peterson, a 5-foot-7 guard and Northland alum, has a take-home final and a couple of projects to finish for her internship at Roberts Middle School in Syracuse, New York, before she can graduate with her child and family studies degree.

Cooper, a 6-2 forward from Norcross, Georgia, has her mind on a Thursday afternoon human-computer interaction class and a communications course load that likely will require some form of academic work until the end of April.

They’re students, yet on Thursday, life will change.

Thirty-six players will be selected in the 2017 WNBA draft, and both Peterson, an Associated Press second-team All-American, and Cooper, who averaged 11.6 points and 7.5 rebounds in 92 games at Ohio State, are expected to be taken.

Peterson averaged 23.4 points, 7.0 assists and 3.5 rebounds during her senior season and was vital to a 2015-16 Syracuse team that reached the NCAA Tournament championship game as a No. 4 seed. She has been working out in preparation for the draft and a training camp that will follow.

“It’s a lot going into this week,” said Peterson, who returned to Columbus on Tuesday. “As we get closer to the day, it’s just a lot of mixed emotions. I’m kind of anxious, a little nervous, excited, everything just blended together. I’m really ready to see how everything plays out and to get ready to move forward.”

Cooper is just a few days removed from hiring an agent and has been preparing for a WNBA style of play that will require her to guard faster, more agile players.

“I definitely have to be moving my feet and staying in a stance and don’t foul. (I need to) hold players who are used to scoring 18 points to 12, 13 points. That’s a huge difference,” Cooper said. “I’ve been working on foot speed, hand-eye coordination and agility trying to get right.”

NCAA and WNBA analyst LaChina Robinson said unrivaled maturity and ability to create her shot make Peterson one of the top guard prospects available.

“She's going to bring the emotion, the toughness, all those things, but she's obviously a great outside shooter, can get to the rim and create,” Robinson said. “There just aren't very many things on the basketball court that she can't do, on top of just being a great person, as well.”

ESPN analyst Rebecca Lobo said Cooper has WNBA size and rebounding ability but will need to continue to improve her three-point shooting to have staying power in the league.

“Because of her size, because of her versatility, she'll definitely be intriguing to teams,” Lobo said.

Robinson and Cooper have filled out their respective college basketball resumes and completed their predraft work. All that remains is one more big wait on draft night.