Basketball Hall of Famer and ESPN analyst Ann Meyers breaks down
the guards available in this year’s draft. Based on the players she has watched
over the course of the season and in preparation for the upcoming WNBA Draft,
Ann offers her insight and scouting reports for the top guards in the class of
Ashley Battle, shooting guard, Connecticut - Probably a 'tweener who will
go between the 2 and 3. She still needs to work on a more consistent outside shot,
but has worked on it hard and improved. She is a terrific rebounder and an all-around
great defensive player. In being named a Big East Defensive Player of the Year,
she proved her ability to defend both guards and forward positions, though she
probably does not want to be known as defensive specialist. She has offensive
skills, but is most effective inside 15 feet.
Natasha Brackett, shooting
guard, Arizona - A strong outside shooter, a good ball handler with size in
the backcourt. She is a player that might be a sleeper because she has not been
in a nationally prominent program.
Jamie Carey, point guard, Texas
- A strong leader, a good ball handler who very much sets up her teammates. She
is extremely rugged and has the ability to shoot the three. She also has a maturity
and understanding the game from having played longer. She is cagey, but still
needs to prove her durability. Some coaches and GMs will question her size, but
the thing that sets her apart is her leadership ability.
guard, DePaul - A player that I did not get to see as much of this season,
but at 5-10, she could be another sleeper since she has been below the radar of
the casual fan. With her size and ability to score and distribute, she is a top
guard to be looked at.
Kristin Haynie, point guard, Michigan State
- A solid, strong point guard, she understands how to score, is a good penetrator,
has a good outside shot and is quite durable. She also plays hard both ways. Haynie
is another one of these guards that goes go all-out, no holds barred. She can
also get steals and deflections by staying active. Deflections is a stat that
more people are keeping track of and encourages kids to stay active. She definitely
helped herself in the NCAA Tournament.
Roneeka Hodges, shooting guard,
Florida State - A scorer, a shooter who also puts the ball on the floor. She
is strong with good size and really helped herself when she transferred to Florida
State. She put up great numbers all season and has a great chance to make it.
She has a nice pull-up jumper, gets inside, shoots the 3 and is very versatile.
But she also goes both ways and has worked on her defense.
shooting guard, Oklahoma - What an athlete! In college, she was easily able
to score and go to the basket inside. She is also a great rebounder for her size.
She is only 5-9, however, and needs to work on ball-handling and outside shot.
Because of her size, they will want to put her at the 2 in this league, so increased
range is very important. But she is a good defender, is very quick and has good
lateral movement. In the WNBA, players look to take you off dribble, so she will
learn how to defend against that.
Temeka Johnson, point guard, L.S.U.
- The best point guard coming out of college this year, and she showed it game
in and game out. You just can't measure her heart. She is a leader who understands
how to set others up, is terrific in the open court and is very savvy on the defensive
end. She has both great speed and quickness and understands how to use her size
and play against bigger players. She gets to the hole and can score or dish. She
also has the ability to shoot mid-range and three-point shots.
Moore, point guard, Tennessee - At 5-9, she is strong, a terrific ball handler
and a much-improved shooter. She has been inconsistent with the three, but can
get to the basket and is a good passer and keen defensive player. Playing in a
high profile program, she is used to playing under pressure, on television and
in championship situations. That really means something, especially in the women's
game. When you're playing in the Tennessee and UConn programs, you play the top
ten teams, draw big crowds and always go to deep in NCAA tournament. She knows
what pressure is.
Jess Strom, point guard, Penn State - She might
surprise some people at the next level. A solid ball handler who can hit the three,
she is more of a shooter than a penetrating guard. But a solid point guard nonetheless
who made up one of the best backcourts in the country. She is stready and smart,
but will have to get stronger on the defensive end at the next level.
Suminksi, point guard, Stanford - A strong ball handler and very steady. She
can also shoot the 3-pointer, but doesn't go to hole quite as much. The players
that play for these top college coaches all have a great foundation and that will
take them a long way towards making it in this league.
Dee Dee Wheeler,
point guard, Arizona - A good ball handler, she has a scorer's mentality.
She'll go to the hole, can shoot the three and hits shots. She reminds me of a
player like Stephon Marbury and the other NBA guards who look look to score first.
The WNBA point guards are not typically score-first players, but we might be seeing
a changing of the guards (no pun intended). Future WNBA point guards will both
score and get assists. This is a new mentality and it will be interesting to see
if coaches go along with that.
Tan White, shooting guard, Mississippi
State - Definitely a Top 5 pick. She has the ability to take over a game and
get her shots off even at 5-7. She is a shooting guard with point guard ball-handling
skills. It is so difficult to get the ball from. She also has great range, gets
her shots off, puts ball on the floor and can pull up from anywhere. She has strong,
long arms and everyone is very high on her. She could even be the top pick.
Wright, shooting guard, Penn State - She should be a Top 10 pick. Good size,
the ability to put the ball on floor, face you up, has great distance, very strong,
gets inside, a solid defensive player… really the whole package. She's also
5-11, and that kind of size helps at the two spot.
The Best of the Rest…
Deveny, Boston College - She can shoot the ball and is a good ball handler,
but got hurt during the college season. She could possibly have been Big East
Player of the Year had she finished healthy. She has the ability to go inside
and outside, but just how healthy will she be this season?
Illinois - Inside-outside game, quick and athletic, has good size and can
beat you in a lot of different ways.
Aisha Hollans, Long Beach State
- Athletic, can get to the basket.
Laurie Koehn, Kansas State - A
strong shooter. Fearless, without conscience. She has been given a green light
her whole life and proven it. But how strong is she defensively? She might be
a specialist in the league even though she is capable of doing other things.
Matter, Ohio State - Can put the ball on the floor, but she's a 3-point shooter.
Leah Metcalf, North Carolina - Very athletic with great jumping
ability. She can get at you defensively and has the ability to shoot outside shot
even though she's smaller.
Chelsea Newton, Rutgers - A difference
maker. If she didn't go down in the Tennessee game, things might have been different.
She is a long, lanky defensive player and a good ball handler. She is more of
an inside scorer and has the ability to take care of ball. She must work on her
outside shot and increase her range.
Erica Taylor, Louisiana Tech
- She looks to get inside, can handle the ball and is very quick.
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