2010 Shooting Guard Prospects
Stormbasketball.com is taking a look at the top prospects for the April 8 WNBA Draft on a position-by-position basis. For the top players on the board, Storm Head Coach Brian Agler offers his insider take as well as a comparison to a current WNBA player. Today we continue with a bumper crop of shooting guards.
Key Stats - PPG: 23.7 | RPG: 6.5 | APG: 2.5
Bio: Wright capped a career that saw her become Virginia's all-time leading scorer (passing Dawn Staley) with a phenomenal senior year. She was named the ACC's Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, joining Lindsey Harding as the only player in conference history to win both honors. A complete player, Wright ranked seventh in the nation in scoring and second in steals per game.
Coach Agler says "She'll be a top draft pick. Physically strong, can rebound, can defend. Has leadership qualities. Has really carried Virginia this year. I think she's got a lot of things going for her."
WNBA comparison: "Katie Smith."
Key Stats - PPG: 11.8 | RPG: 4.7 | APG: 1.6
Bio: Greene has rebounded from a torn ACL suffered during her junior year to start every game the last two seasons throughout the Huskies' 74-game (and counting) winning streak. An efficient scorer who has made better than 58 percent of her shots each of the last two seasons, Greene is experienced playing the kind of complementary role she will likely fill in the WNBA.
Coach Agler says "Obviously an athletic player. She's played in a great system. It's hard to gauge whether she's done so well because so much attention is paid to (Tina) Charles and (Maya) Moore or could she be better than what we've seen. If she played on other teams, she could probably be better statistically than she has been. She's a winner. She's developed her skills, especially her perimeter shooting, over the year. Excellent athlete, excellent offensive rebounder."
WNBA comparison: "Amber Holt."
Key Stats - PPG: 18.2 | RPG: 3.5 | APG: 1.9
Bio: Though she ranked second in the SEC in scoring, it is defense that is Hightower's calling card. She averaged better than two steals per game as a senior and has good size for the position. Hightower is also a fine three-point shooter, hitting 39.8 percent of her attempts from beyond the arc.
Coach Agler says "Obviously a great competitor. Takes pride in her defense. Excellent mid-range jumpshooter off the dribble. Rebounds well, defends well, is improving her three-point capabilities."
WNBA comparison: "Scholanda Robinson or Essence Carson."
Key Stats - PPG: 19.3 | RPG: 4.8 | APG: 2.0
Bio: In her final game at Penn State, Grant joined Phoenix's Kelly Mazzante and two others as Lady Lions with 2,000-plus career points. (The Storm's Tanisha Wright, with 1,995, fell just short.) Grant, who was second in the Big Ten in scoring this year, is capable of scoring in a variety of ways and has the size to potentially play both wing positions
Coach Agler says "Big, strong body. Scorer's mentality. Good instincts. Good mid-range game. Does have three-point range, but finishes well around the basket."
WNBA comparison: "Monique Currie."
Key Stats - PPG: 17.2 | RPG: 2.6 | APG: 2.9
Bio: After starting her career as part of the same Cal recruiting class that produced Alexis Gray-Lawson, Devanei Hampton and Ashley Walker, Morris transferred to San Diego State for her final three years. There, coach Beth Burns convinced Morris to become more aggressive on offense. The result was last weekend's heroics. Morris scored 59 points in two games to lead the Aztecs, a No. 11 seed, to upsets of host Texas and West Virginia and into the Sweet Sixteen.
Coach Agler says "Athletic wing player that has three-point range. Great speed up and down the floor. She helped herself the other night."
WNBA comparison: "Shavonte Zellous."
OTHER SHOOTING GUARD PROSPECTS
Ashley Barlow, Notre Dame - Joined Charel Allen as the only players in Irish history to top 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists and 200 steals.
Brittainey Raven, Texas - Has good size for a guard and led Longhorns in scoring and steals.
Brittany Ray, Rutgers - Younger sister of former NBA player Allan Ray is a strong three-point shooter.
Nyeshia Stevenson, Oklahoma - Big 12's Sixth Man Award winner as a junior, she moved into the starting lineup as a senior and is the Sooners' second-leading scorer.
Bianca Thomas, Mississippi - SEC's leading scorer was the only player to reach the 30-point mark against Tennessee this season and was a consensus All-SEC First Team pick.