Dream Assistant Coach Sue Panek Breaks Down the 2009 WNBA Draft
Hello Everyone!! I hope everyone is doing well and getting ready for the 2009 Atlanta Dream season. We are excited about the upcoming season and counting down the days until the opening of training camp. As you may already know, we have the #1 overall pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft. The coaching staff has been busy in this offseason scouting all the talent. The past week has been very eventful with the start of the Conference Tournaments. The conference tournaments are a great place to scout because you can see every player on every team. Not only are we looking at the seniors, but also identifying underclassman for future drafts. I was lucky enough to be assigned to the ACC tournament. WOW…is the only thing I can say!! I had the opportunity to watch some great players and outstanding games. I want to give a shout out to my MARYLAND TERRAPINS for winning the 2009 ACC Championship. It was their first ACC CHAMPIONSHIP in 20 years. The last time they won the ACC Championship was 1989 when I was a freshman on that team!!! Okay…enough about me!! Let’s get down to the important stuff, the 2009 WNBA Draft. In the past few weeks, I have been trying to come up with the Top 10 players in this year’s draft. I am going to share this information with you. I will list the players ALPHABETICALLY and give you a capsule profile of each player. Please remember this is only my opinion and will probably change by draft day with many players improving their stock as well as diminishing their stock in the upcoming NCAA Tournaments. What do YOU think? Talk about it on the Dream Message Boards!
Very athletic, great length, runs floor well for size, has potential to develop into good pro player, great footwork in post, has 15ft face up range, good passer out of post, excellent shot blocker, average rebounder, average defender.
DeWanna Bonner | 6’4 | G/F | Auburn | Bio
Athletic, great size for perimeter player, outstanding ball handler for someone her size, can score in a variety of ways, good shot blocker, average defender who lacks lateral quickness but could make up lack of lateral quickness with her length, average rebounder, will need to gain strength in order to handle the physical WNBA game.
Marissa Coleman | 6’1 | G/F | Maryland | Bio
Prototype WNBA body, strong and athletic, great rebounder, prefers to catch and shoot, but will post-up and take it to the basket, excellent finisher, 2009 ACC Tournament MVP, did not have an exceptional senior season-however strong ACC tournament has made her stock rise, has 3 pt range, has ability to be good defensive player.
Lyndra Littles | 6’1 | G/F | Virginia | Bio
Somewhat of a sleeper, great athlete, can play all four positions, great rebounder, good ball handler, average defender, some feel she lacks discipline and motivation to succeed in the WNBA
Angel McCoughtry | 6’1 | G/F | Louisville | Bio
Prolific scorer who has the ability to rise above defense with jumping ability and high release on jumper, can shoot the 3 or pull up mid range jumper, great defender with excellent anticipation skills-2009 Big East Defensive Player of the Year, great rebounder, is special because she can score and has the will and ability to play defense
Renee Montgomery | 5’7 | G | Connecticut | Bio
Great playmaker and leader at PG position, also has ability to score with deep 3pt range or pull up jumper, good defensive player despite small frame, has been a starter at UCONN for 4 years, true combo guard who may have trouble defending bigger players
Courtney Paris | 6’4 | C | Oklahoma | Bio
Big/thick post player, posts up strong, excellent block scorer, great hands, average passer from post, strong on offensive and defensive boards, has trouble running the floor due to lack of conditioning and being overweight, if she loses weight and gets in condition she will be an impact player because of her skill set she possesses
Kristi Toliver | 5’7 | G | Maryland | Bio
Scorer from point position with shoot first mentality, deep 3 pt range, excellent pull up jumper, has shown the ability to pass when she chooses, great ball handler, has improved her court awareness, needs to work on leadership from PG position, will need to put more effort into the defensive side of the game at pro level
Kia Vaughn | 6’4 | F/C | Rutgers | Bio
Great size and build, posts up hard, average finisher on the block, 15 ft face up range, runs floor well for someone her size, average rebounder, and average defender.
Shavonte Zellous | 5’10 | G | Pittsburgh | Bio
Pure Athlete, great scorer who has high release and rises above defense on jumper, excellent on pull up jumper, average ball handler and passer, okay defender who may have trouble defending in the pro game.