2011 WNBA Draft - Shooting Guards
Kevin Pelton, StormBasketball.com | March 30, 2011
StormBasketball.com is taking a look at the top prospects for the April 11 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 shooting guards.
From: Stanford | Height: 6-0 | Born: 5/2/89
Key Stats - PPG: 14.6 | RPG: 3.1 | APG: 4.8
Bio: A versatile guard who started out as a shooting guard for the Cardinal before settling in at the point due to injuries, Pohlen has come into her own as a senior, earning a spot on the Associated Press All-America First Team yesterday. Pohlen is a fine outside shooter whose 93 three-pointers this season have set a Stanford record. She's also a winner, helping the Cardinal to four Final Fours in as many years. Pohlen now wants to go out with a championship.
Coach Agler says … "Came out of high school as a two guard. She's playing the point now, which has probably been a blessing for Stanford because she's done a great job. I don't know if there's a player quite like her playing the point in her league, with her size."
WNBA comparison: "I think she can be, depending upon how her game develops, sort of like Tanisha a little bit."
From: Tennessee | Height: 6-0 | Born: 7/14/89
Key Stats - PPG: 10.3 | RPG: 2.6 | APG: 2.2
Bio: A Spokane native whose sister Jami played at Gonzaga, Bjorklund was a four-year starter for the Volunteers and played a key role on the 2008 national champs. Bjorklund's specialty is the longball. She finished with 305 career three-pointers, surpassing Shanna Zolman's Tennessee record.
Coach Agler says … "Extremely good three-point shooter. About 6-1."
WNBA comparison: "Has similarities to Katie Gearlds. She shoots the ball like Katie."
From: Iowa | Height: 5-9 | Born: 2/28/89
Key Stats - PPG: 14.5 | RPG: 9.5 | APG: 3.5
Bio: A rebounding dynamo from the wing who nearly averaged a double-double as a senior, Alexander flashed her multiple skills in recording a pair of triple-doubles during her sophomore campaign. She also excels at the defensive end of the floor and was First Team All-Defense as well as First Team All-Big Ten. Where she'll have to develop as a pro is in terms of shooting range. She knocked down just 23.7 percent of her threes this season.
Coach Agler says … "She's just a real good athlete and a very aggressive player."
WNBA comparison: "Probably similar to Armintie Price."
From: North Carolina | Height: 5-8 | Born: 1/12/89
Key Stats - PPG: 16.2 | RPG: 3.1 | APG: 2.6
Bio: An undersized shooting guard, Lucas thrived after getting moved off the point during her sophomore season and was the Tar Heels' leading scorer as a senior. She spent most of her time behind the arc, making 79 three-pointers this season and 226 in her career.
Coach Agler says … "She'll probably be a second-round draft pick. Extremely good shooter. Finishes well, shoots the ball real well."
WNBA comparison: "Maybe Tan White."
From: West Virginia | Height: 5-11 | Born: 8/6/88
Key Stats - PPG: 14.7 | RPG: 5.6 | APG: 1.9
Bio: As decorated for her work in the classroom as on the court, Repella was on the Capital One Academic All-America Team each of the last two seasons. While finding time to maintain a 3.94 GPA in exercise physiology, Repella was also the Mountaineers' best player and an All-Big East First Team pick. She finished her career with a season-high 29 points in a competitive loss to Baylor.
Coach Agler says … "She's just sort of a solid all-around player. 5-10 wing player. Does a lot of good things."
WNBA comparison: "I don't know that I have a good comparison for her."
OTHER SHOOTING GUARD PROSPECTS
Brittany Johnson, Ohio State - Fine outside shooter who knocked down at least 75 threes each of her last two seasons.
Helena Sverrisdottir, TCU - Native of Iceland with good size was Mountain West Player of the Year as a junior and recorded a triple-double in her last game during the WNIT.