All-Star Resume: Janel McCarville

Kyle Ratke
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Editor's Note: With the WNBA All-Star Game less than a month away, will be profiling Lynx players and breaking down their All-Star resumes. Today, we will continue our series with center Janel McCarville. Last week, Kyle Ratke went back in time to relive the best Lynx All-Star games. To view that article, click here. He also broke down the resumes of Lindsay Whalen, Seimone Augustus, Maya Moore and Rebekkah Brunson. Remember, you can vote for this year's All-Star Game, which will be on July 27, by clicking here.

Name: Janel McCarville

Position: Center

Past All-Star Games: 0

Legacy Check:

Minnesota fans are very familiar with McCarville’s college career at the University of Minnesota.

In 2004, McCarville and teammate Lindsay Whalen (ever heard of her?) brought the Gophers all the way to the Final Four. The center is in the school’s top-5 for points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks.

After graduating in 2005, McCarville was drafted No. 1overall by the Charlotte Sting.

After two up and down seasons, McCarville was named the league’s Most Improved Player in 2007 after averaging 10.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. Her best season came the next season when she averaged 13.7 points 5.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game as a member of the New York Liberty.

McCarville took a leave from the WNBA to play overseas and to spend time with family after the 2010 season.

So far, though, it doesn’t look like she’s missed a beat. McCarville is averaging 8.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists this season

Why should she be an All-Star in 2013?

McCarville has been everything the team has asked of her so far. Rebound, do the dirty work and open up the court with her nifty passing ability. Seriously, it’s like she went to Ricky Rubio passing camp. Or maybe he went to her camp? Nobody knows.

Her best game this season came on July 7 against the Phoenix Mercury. Going up against Brittney Griner, who is six inches taller than McCarville, the former Gopher still managed to score 11 points, haul in four rebounds, dish out two assist, grab a steal and even earned a block against Griner.

McCarville ranks ninth in the West in blocks with .62 blocks per game.

Her numbers might not be overly impressive but McCarville is the ultimate locker-room player. She’s not the leader that Taj McWIlliams-Franklin was, but she has the personality to get everyone relaxed.

She also has very unpredictable hair, for whatever that’s worth.

They said it:

Whalen on reuniting with McCarville and whether or not there will be a transition period.

“You just kind of pick it up,” Whalen said. “It just kind of comes back. You’re just playing basketball—you just come out here and play and make reads and do all that kind of stuff.”

That's all for McCarville. Do you think the gritty center should be in the All-Star game? Click here to vote!

That's all for McCarville. Do you think the gritty center should be in the All-Star game? Click here to vote!

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