March 28, 2005 - So you watch some college basketball during the season
when a game is on ESPN and really get into the NCAA Tournament? Sound like you?
Well maybe that means you're missing out on some of the mid-major talent around
the nation, those players who could go in the secord or third rounds where anything
can happen. Once some of the more familiar players are gone and off the board,
teams begin to draft based on need and to fill holes or add depth to their rosters.
Whether a shooter, a big body or a backup point guard, these are a handful of
the players to watch in the later rounds on Draft Day.
Teilane, center, Western Illinois
At 6-7, she has a huge upside. Not to
mention the fact that she already has a polished international style of play,
with the ability to face-up and shoot from perimeter. She also has lateral quickness,
can put the ball on floor and changes shots on the defensive end. However, like
the rest of most of the players below, she has not really played against good
competition on a consistent basis, so questions linger.
The Division II Player of the Year, she will also be playing
in the WBCA College All-Star Game on Saturday, April 1. She is athletic, can handle
the ball, has good size and length and can score from perimeter. She is also a
good passer. It will be interesting to see her play with the Division I stars,
though in an exhibition with Kansas State prior to the season, she did play quite
Emily Christian, forward, Tennessee Tech
A scorer capable
of putting up crazy points. She could go in the late second or early third round
simply because of her ability to score from anywhere. Yet, she is still raw, and
having played in a smaller conference, questions linger whether a player of her
exposure can match up against other 3's in the WNBA like Sheryl Swoopes.
Suez-Karni, forward, Villanova
Ok, so Villanova is not exactly in a mid-major
conference, going up against teams like UConn and Rutgers in the Big East, but
Suez-Karni fits the mold of this type of player. She is older - 25 years old -
with maturity and life experiences behind her. Having joined the Israeli army
prior to beginning her career at Villanova, she is also quite tough. Another scorer
with great range, Suez-Karni is undersized, but better against inside players
defensively. She is only 6-1, but is smart enough to guard bigger players using
her intelligence. She is poised on the court and is a good passer.
Koch, guard, Missouri State
As a result of a first round loss in the NCAA
Tournament, fans might not have seen her play, but Koch is a scorer. In fact,
she is the second leading scorer in the history of Missouri State behind another
well-known name, Jackie Stiles. Koch is a shooter with range, can put the ball
on the floor a little bit and has a strong body
Kasha Terry, forward,
A raw athlete with huge upseide, people have likened her to
DeMya Walker, though Terry does not yet have the same offensive tools that DeMya
had at this point in her career.
Jennifer Humphrey, forward, Kentucky
has good physical gifts, great hands and nice size... and playing in the SEC has
enabled her to compete against good teams
Michelle Cozad, guard, Santa
A shooter that teams might look at to see if she fits into their
Cyndi Valentin, guard, Indiana and Melanie Boeglin, guard,
Point guards who can score.
A great athlete who will have to play more point guard at the
next level, but one of the top scorers in the ACC this season, and very quick