Who knows these top prospects better than themselves? After four years of going head-to-head, we asked them to scout their fellow seniors and future WNBA colleagues.
Lindsay Bowen on Megan Duffy: She has great leadership and command
of the floor. We played them a couple of years ago and I remember that she is
just a great point guard, a great passer with good court savvy. I think she can
be a great player in the league.
Lindsay Bowen on Liz Shimek: She
is just a tough girl. She'll go hard all the time and will definitely make some
coach happy. We were A.A.U. teammates, college roommates, college teammates...
we've been through it all.
Alexis Kendrick on Shanna Zolman:
Shanna is a great player and one of the best shooters anywhere. Yet, she also
does a great job of creating for her teammates.
Alexis Kendrick on
Sherill Baker: Flat out, the quickest player I've ever played with or
against. You think you have the ball, then it's gone.
on Fifi Camara: She is a strong post player that we played this year in
the NCAA Tournament. She works hard down low, has a good pull up jumper and is
so good at getting rebounds,
Sherill Baker on Tye'sha Fluker She's
a good player in the post for Tennessee. She has really improved tremendously
since her freshman year and I have to give her some real props . I hope she goes
high in the Draft.
Sherill Baker on Alexis Kendrick: Lex is great
friend and I love her on the court, too. She goes hard every play in practice
and in games, which is what I really admire that about her. She always takes it
to the next level, so she should have no problem making it in the WNBA.
Baker on Dalila Eshe: Yeah, she is really good. She'll do well in the WNBA,
too. She just has to maintain her motivation and intensity, but I think more experience
will help her tremendously.
Barbara Turner on Ann Strother: Her
best asset is her work ethic. She is one of the hardest working people I've ever
played with. She is a great outside shooter, and at 6-2, can play inside and out.
She has her mid-range also. She is also really good at using screens to get her
Barbara Turner on Brooke Queenan: She is really
good. Has a good face up game. Stretches defenses a bit and can knock in threes.
Great footwork in the post. Really strong, nice base, great competitor.
Anderson on Kim Smith: A solid, all-around player. She is good inside and
out, whether rebounding, shooting the three or posting up smaller players at the
4, 3, 2 or 1. She has a great court sense and passes well. She is so coachable
and will do anything asked of her. She also has great court sense and a good feel
for the game.
Ambrosia Anderson on Shona Thorburn: She has blossomed.
Playing against us she was good but wow did she really come on in the NCAA Tournament.
She can get any shot off and has a good vision of the court. She's quick, like
a little Magic Johnson.
Liz Shimek on Lindsay Bowen: A great
player, I've been playing with her forever. She is a great passer and we know
each other's games so well. She has a great ability to anticipate, not to mention
an amazing shooter. She's amazing.
Liz Shimek on Crystal Smith:
Quick, and hit everything when we played them. She is athletic, plays hard, is
aggressive, quick on defense and really pushes the ball.
on Barbara Turner: She is a tough competitor. That's what I will say about
Barbara... competitiveness. The way she played down the stretch is the Barb that
I knew in high school and will remember. She is so versatile and can do so many
different things. I know she is working to be more a of a guard and was an undersized
post in college, but she has never had any problems.
on Cappie Pondexter: I got the chance to play with her in high school for
a U.S. Team, and to see her then and now, she has taken off. she is talented.
One of the best I've ever played against.
Brooke Queenan on Ann Strother: Every
time we played her team, we had to think about her shooting and defend against
it. She comes off handoffs well, but is such a tall, versatile guard who also
posted up against us. She has great scoring ability.
Brooke Queenan on
Cappie Pondexter: Wow, she had some big games against us - 35, 37 points.
She's just aggressive and drives to the basket. She is so good one-on-one.
Gardin on La'Tangela Atkinson: Definitely a rebounding machine. A great
rebounder, good defensive player who brings an aggressive attitude to whatever
team she's on.
Kerri Gardin on Tiffany Stansbury: A low block
player, big, strong, aggressive, hard to play on the block one-on-one. We needed
a lot of help on her.
Kerri Gardin on Tamara James: A pure scorer.
She can light it up many ways. She can shoot the 3, post you up, knock down a
mid-range jumper and take it to the hole. She knows how to score and is also a
very good defender and rebounder.
Tamara James on Monique Currie: She
is a big guard, which always is a plus, but she can shoot or create her own shot.
Eshe on Seimone Augustus: Just an amazing player overall. She scores at
will, and her team has depended on her. She will have no trouble at all making
the trainsition to the WNBA. No trouble at all. Won't miss a beat. One of a kind.
She has movements like guys players, which sets her aside from college competitors
and will do the same in the WNBA. And such elevation. Yeah, an wwesome player
and a nice woman.
Dalila Eshe on Alexis Kendrick: A good
player for Georgia out of the strong SEC. She is a very quick guard.... and as
a shooter, she killed us this year. We always had a tough time with their guards.
So I'd say aggressive, deadly shooter and good attacking the basket.
Fluker on Seimone augustus - she is a guard. Plying committed defense. Guard her
a a team. No open shots. Play her smart.
Tye'sha Fluker on Shanna
Zolman: Known for her shooting ability, something very few people have...
You can't leave her open. And even if she misses a couple, she'll come down and
knock three in a row. She also is quite good at getting other people open and
her mid-range game has gotten a lot better. A tough player to guard.
Fluker on Dalila Eshe: Good post moves. You can't let her catch the ball
or get the ball where she wants it.
Kristen Kovesdy on Nikki Blue: An
explosive player, a great leader, a great point guard. She can find people and
likes to pass and shoot.
Kristen Kovesdy on Lisa Willis: When
she's hot, she's hot, and look out. She'll score 30 on us. With a great step-back-and-shoot,
she has this great move where she rocks forward. So good from 3-point range and
Kristen Kovesdy on Kim Smith: We played Utah in the NCAA
Tournament and she was a great all-around player. You wouldn't expect it from
her by looking at her, but she does great things for her team, those little things.
She rebounds well and has good court awareness.
Abiola Wabara on Sophia
Young: Well, I guarded her every day the past 4 years in practices, so
i know how good she is. She brings lots of excitement, a work ethic, a passion
for game and is a quick learner. That will help.
Abiola Wabara on Erin
Grant: A great point guard. Great passer. Sees you open. That will help
her teammates. She gives them the basll in the right places.
Blue on Lisa Willis: I'm telling you, people are sleeping on her. She doesn't
get the recognition she should, but she is one of the best in the nation. She
WILL be a WNBA because of her work ethic. she works like a champion. She also
has that killer mentaility that will make her standout in the WNBA. Her jumpshot
is deadly, but she dribbles to the rack very dangerously.
on Kristen Kovesdy: She's really good. She killed us, I know that. A very
good post player, great moves, great body. Big inside presence. She'll be great
in the WNBA. She will bring a threat inside to a team that will make her hard
to defend. Very great passer. Good scorer, good blocker. Good all-around. I would
love to pass her the ball and get assists.
LaToya Davis on Sophia
Young: She is as athletic as I don't know what... She can shoot and also
jump over you. She will be a great player and a team will be lucky to have her.
Kari Koch on Melanie Boeglin: Such a tough player, also a
very good defensive player. She gets to to the basket anytime she wants to and
has improved on her shot.
Shanna Zolman on Sherill Baker: Sherill
Baker and I go way back ... the SEC connection. She's one of the best defenders
I've ever gone against. She's so unbelievably quick. She's got quick hands, great
hands. She's so explosive. She's a great guard.
Shanna Zolman on Tye-sha
Fluker: Tye's got an unbelievable body that she can just use to punish
people down low. She's so strong and she's so big that, if she wants to and she
get's the mindset to create space, she can definitely do whatever she wants to
down low. She has gotten a lot better over the years with being able to finish,
with contact also. She's a great force inside.
Shanna Zolman on Alexis
Kendrick: She's a great combo guard. I think she looks for her teammates
a lot, especially in transition. She's a great person, a great personality. She's
got a great pull-up jumper and she's also a very good defender too.
Terry on Monique Curry: Monique is just an all-around great player. She's
not cocky at all, but very condident in her game. It's always a pleasure to play
against her. She always brings a lot of energy to her team. You can tell she's
a real leader on her team.
Kasha Terry on Tamara James: I don't
think she likes me very much, just because we've met them so many times. I think
we played them like three times last year. She is actually a great power forward.
I really like her game. She was always the one we were worried about when it was
time to play Miami. She's a great player and I have much respect for her.
Terry on Kerri Gardin: The rebounder. She's a great rebounder. I love her
game too. She's the one where coach was like "You gotta box out, you gotta box
out." She's a great player and was always very respectful whenever we played them.
She's a sweet girl.
Fifi Camara on Sherill Baker: She's
an incredible player and defender. She's very fast and she has fast hands. I think
I would love to play with her instead of against her.
Fifi Camara on
Alexis Kendrick: She's a great leader on her team. She hit a couple of
big shots against us. She seems comfortable all the time.
on Liad Suez-Karni: We played against Villanova this year and I think she
did a pretty good job against us. She can shoot over people. She can defend inside
as well and she's a very smart player.
Liad Suez-Karni on Barbara
Turner: Very athletic. Can do pretty much anything. She penetrates really
well. She can go hard to the basket. She has great post moves. She hustles all
of the time. She's a good leader and plays with a lot of heart.
Suez-Karni on Brooke Quennan: A very strong player. She has a good perimeter
shot and good post moves. She's a good offensive rebounder.
on Fifi Camara: She's a great scorer. She can do anything. She shoots threes,
she can penetrate pretty well, has good post moves. A good scorer all-around.
Boeglin on Cassie Hager: With her height, she has the ability to change
the game on the defensive end of the floor. You have to adjust your shot to shoot
over her. She has finesse on the offensive end. She can step out and shoot the
Melanie Boeglin on Kari Koch: She is a great shooter and
she's a great leader. She can play the one or the two. She's very versatile and
on defense, she can really get after it. Her footspeed kind of shocks you. She's
a lot quicker than most people think.
Crystal Kemp on Erin Grant: She's
a great point guard with great court vision. She's always finding her open teammates
and actually penetrating to the basket when she her teammates are denied on the
perimeter. Defensively, she brings great energy.
Crystal Kemp on LaToya
Bond: A great scorer and a very composed, very poised player. She makes
it look easy for the most part. She's just a great player.
N'Garsanet on Brittany Wilkins: She's a pretty good player. She's versatile.
She's very strong in the post, she can shoot from 10-15 feet out and she can also
shoot the three. She's a pretty strong rebounder and a pretty good defensive player.
N'Garsanet on Abiola Wabara: She's a really good defender. She's really
strong and can drive to the basket really strong. She can also post up and she's
a really good defender.
LaToya Bond on LaToya Davis: She's very
good on the block and she's very athletic. She can jump and she's very hard to
defend. She's very versatile. She can shoot the jumper out to 15 feet and she's
a good defender also.
LaToya Bond on Crystal Kemp: She's a great
post player and a great presence inside. She's very hard to defend. She has great
moves and she can also move out and hit the open shot.
on Crystal Kemp: She's a big post presence, but she can also step outside
and hit the three on you, so you really have to defend her. It was tough defending
her because she can go inside and outside. And she's left-handed which helps her
Erin Grant on LaToya Davis: She's a hard worker and
a hustler. She's so active around the basket and she gets things done. She was
our go-to player this year and she finishes all the time. She has great hands
and if you get it to her, she can finish it.
Erin Grant on Brittany Wilkins: She's
always a three-point threat. She did really well against us this year.
Smith on Cassie Hager: She has long arms and she uses them really well.
She can post really well. She just uses her arms and feet to get down low. She's
a pretty good player.
Tiffany Stansbury on Tamara James: She can
really shoot and she can handle the ball for her size. She pretty much does it
Tiffany Stansbury on Kasha Terry: She's a good post player.
I really don't remember too much about her, because I didn't play that much in
that game, but from what I saw, she was pretty good.
on La'Tangela Atkinson: She's a leaper. She can jump. She's really not
that tall, but she has hops. She plays bigger than she actually is.
Smith on Ambrosia Anderson: She's a great shooter, a lefty. She has great
size on the perimeter and she's able to get to the lane as well. She can rebound
with her size.
Kim Smith on Shona Thorburn: She's a great passer
and a great leader on the court. She can really get into the lane and penetrate
and then she finds people in crazy places that you wouldn't think she would be
able to. She always finds you when you're open.
Kim Smith on Kristen
Kovesdy: She's a great post player. She has a big, strong body in the lane
and she uses both hands very well.
Debbie Merrill on Aya Traore: She's
long, athletic and she can really get up and down the court. She has a wonderful
jump shot. Her jump shot is really sweet. Her game is very balanced.
Merrill on Megan Duffy: I know she's a really good point guard. I watched
her play in the NCAA Tournament. Her fundamentals are really good which is why
I think she's such a good point guard.
Tara Boothe on Candice
Dupree: She's a tough player. I've had the chance to play against her for
four years and obviously, I've had my shot blocked by her a couple of times. She's
somebody that's been fun to play against for four years because she's such a competitor
and it's always a battle when we play. Her arms seem so long and her ability to
shoot over people is impressive.
Ashley Allen on Aya Traore: One
of her biggest strengths is her length. I think she uses it well. She can penetrate
and she can shoot from the outside.
Ashley Allenon Debbie Merrill: She's
tough. Inside, outside. She can shoot the three, drive, make a move down in the
low post and also play defense.
Cassie Hager on Crystal Smith: She's
a real quick player. She's great on defense. Offensively, she looks to create
her own shots. She's real aggressive and she loves the game. She's a great passer
and she sees the floor really well.
Cassie Hager on Melanie Boeglin: She
can get to the hoop any time she wants to. She's a great defender and she's realy
quick. She sees the floor really well.
Cassie Hager on Kari Koch: She's
got a real quick first step and a quick release. She's a good defender and she
just has a good knack for the whole game.
Megan Duffy on Ann Strother: I
think Ann's one of the best perimeter shooters in the country. Playing against
her, she was No. 1 in the scouting report. We needed to shut her down. She has
flourished into the kid that can hit the big shots down the stretch and she's
Megan Duffy on Cappie Pondexter: Cappie is
one of the most talented, hard-nosed kids I've ever played against. I played against
her at Rutgers and then with her for the USA World Championship team. She wants
to win. She can score from any position on the floor. She's just got a lot of
Megan Duffy on Barbara Turner: We played high-school ball
against each other as well. She's an excellent rebounder and a great athlete.
She has really developed her perimeter game over the four years at UConn and this
year, she really showed the type of player she was and really stepped up her game.
Williams on Aarica Ray-Boyd "She's just a tremendous shooter. It's hard
to find offensive players that are good defensively, but she's a good defensive