Rookie Rankings: June 15, 2005

Throughout the course of the 2005 WNBA season, WNBA.com will run its unofficial Rookie Rankings, highlighting the play of the top five rookies of the week. Here's a look at out second installment, which features several players who have brought about unexpected contributions to their teams. To see the first report of the season, click here (thru games played on 6/14).

No. 1: Tan White, Indiana Fever (2nd pick)
GP
PPG
FG%
3PM-A
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
8
10.9
.381
8-27
1.6
1.6
1.0
0.4
Skinny: A preseason favorite for Rookie of the Year, White got off to a slow start but has really begun to explore the court space ... The Mississippi State product showed flashes of her talent off the bench, but has recently been getting the starting nod. She ranks tops among rookies in scoring (10.9) and is in the top five in several other categories ... Her athleticism is unquestioned, and once she develops a bit more, she will be an explosive talent in the WNBA for years to come.

No. 2: Temeka Johnson, Washington Mystics (6th pick)
GP
PPG
FG%
3PM-A
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
9
10.0
.535
4-11
1.7
6.3
1.6
0.0
Skinny: Not only has Johnson started every game so far this season and iimmediately solved the Mystics' point guard question, but she leads the league in assists per game with 6.3 ... Moreover, she can score (10.0 ppg) and has drastically cut down on her turnovers - she was leading the league at one point, but is committing less than 3 per game now ... What more can you say about a rookie that already has two doubles-doubles? She will gave White a run for her money in the Rookie of the Year voting if she keeps it up.

No. 3: Kara Braxton, Detroit Shock (7th pick)
GP
PPG
FG%
3PM-A
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
7
8.7
.542
0-0
4.0
0.3
1.6
0.7
Skinny: While Braxton has not been able to duplicate the opening game performance she had against the Shock, she has still been a steady force in the paint and ranks first among all rookies in rebounding (4.0 rpg) and third in scoring (8.7 ppg). Overall, her offense is coming together nicely for a player that was out of organized basketball for nearly two years, and her field goal percentage (.542) ranks seventh in the entire league. Her presence is not just limited to offense as she ranks first in the league in steals per 40 minutes (4.3) and blocks shots as well.

No. 4: Katie Feenstra, San Antonio Silver Stars (8th pick)
GP
PPG
FG%
3PM-A
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
9
7.1
.540
0-0
3.4
0.0
0.1
1.0
Skinny: Another rookie who seemingly took a few weeks to find her comfort zone, 6-8 center Katie Feenstra is make an impact in San Antonio. She currently ranks fourth among all rookies in total minutes and has even started two games. The also ranks second among all rookies in rebounding (3.4 rpg) and fourth in scoring (7.1 ppg). With more playing time, Feenstra can only get better, but as long as she keeps taking shots and converting (.540 from the floor), she will fight to keep that starting spot.

No. 5: Chelsea Newton, Sacramento Monarchs (32nd pick)
GP
PPG
FG%
3PM-A
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
9
5.8
.475
3-9
2.0
2.1
0.7
0.1
Skinny: One of the few late-round picks to make a team and actually have the opportunity to contribute, Newton has started in all nine of the Monarchs games. She has hit big shots, come up with big rebounds and always seems to help out the team when she is on the floor. She ranks in the top five among all rookies in total minutes, points per game (5.8), rebounds per game (2.0) and assists per game (2.1).

Honorable Mention: Kristin Haynie, Sacramento Monarchs; Tanisha Wright, Seattle Storm; Yolanda Paige, Indiana Fever
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