2008 Point Guard Prospects

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Kevin Pelton, storm.wnba.com | April 2, 2008
Storm.wnba.com is taking a look at the top prospects for the April 9 WNBA Draft on a position-by-position basis. Today we start with the playmakers. Unlike last year, when Duke's Lindsey Harding was the consensus top pick, there's no guarantee this year that any point guard will go in the first round. However, there is depth at the position, with several starters who have proven their worth as playmakers likely to go in the second and third rounds. The Storm could look at a point guard to compete for a position in training camp with their second- or third-round pick.

From: Baylor | Height: 5-7 | Born: 3/25/85
Key Stats - PPG: 16.4 | APG: 3.3 | RPG: 2.4
A backup on the Baylor team that won the NCAA title in 2004-05, Tisdale stepped into the starting lineup in place of Chelsea Whitaker the following season and has been a three-year starter at the point for Kim Mulkey. Tisdale finished her career as the all-time leading assister in Lady Bears history, but she's more scorer than passer, averaging 16.4 points per game. That and the ability to shoot the three (just 34.1% as a senior, but 37.0% as a junior) could make Tisdale more of a scoring threat than most WNBA backup point guards.

From: Virginia | Height: 5-7 | Born: 7/11/86
Key Stats - PPG: 8.5 | APG: 6.4 | RPG: 3.2
On Feb. 21 against Clemson, Zoll passed legendary Dawn Staley to become the all-time ACC leader in assists. She ranked second in the ACC in assists per game as a senior, averaging 6.4 per game over the course of the season. Like Staley, Zoll came to Virginia after growing up in Philadelphia, and she wore Staley's No. 5 jersey during her college career. Zoll's all-around game can't match Staley's, particularly on the defensive end, but she is a WNBA-caliber distributor.

From: Tennessee | Height: 5-2 | Born: 11/6/85
Key Stats - PPG: 9.8 | APG: 3.4 | RPG: 3.0
It's impossible to consider Bobbitt without talking about her height. At 5-2, Bobbitt would be the shortest player in WNBA history. That hasn't stopped her from winning a championship last year as Tennessee's starter at the point. Certainly, Bobbitt's lack of size will be an issue at the defensive end of the floor. On the offensive end, she's a capable three-point shooter (39.6% this season) but not exceptional at creating off the dribble.

From: Louisiana State | Height: 5-3 | Born: 8/26/86
Key Stats - PPG: 7.7 | APG: 4.4 | RPG: 3.1
Another mighty mite, White followed the similarly-undersized Temeka Johnson into the lineup at LSU and has continued the Tigers' streak of Final Four appearances, which stands at five after Monday's win over North Carolina. Johnson and former LSU Head Coach Pokey Chatman are the only players in school history with more assists than White. A sure-handed player, White turned the ball over fewer than two times per game. She's not a strong outside shooter, but has the ability to get in the paint.

From: Connecticut | Height: 5-7 | Born: 8/10/86
Key Stats - PPG: 6.9 | APG: 4.0 | RPG: 3.1
Swanier won the Big East's Sixth Man Award, but it is as a starter that she has come up big for UConn in the month of March. Swanier moved into the starting lineup late in the season and has been there as the Huskies have advanced to the Final Four, scoring 15 points as they came from behind to beat Rutgers in yesterday's regional final. Though not a big scorer, Swanier's error-free style could be ideal for a backup point guard.

Kimberly Beck, George Washington - 2007-08 A-10 Player of the Year led conference in assists all four seasons.
Emily Florence, Washington - Led UW in assists as senior as 5-5 point guard.
A'Quonesia Franklin, Texas A&M - Ranks third in A&M history in both threes and assists.
Leilani Mitchell, Utah - Kennewick native won MWC Player of the Year honors in only season after transferring from Idaho.
Amanda Rego, San Diego - 2006-07 national assist leader recorded two triple-doubles as a senior.