Lin Dunn Evaluates the Top College Prospects

As the college basketball season winds through its first month, here is a look at some of the nation’s top seniors and WNBA draft prospects, listed by position. The Indiana Fever enters the WNBA’s Dec. 1 Draft Lottery as one of five teams with hopes of obtaining the top pick in the 2005 WNBA Draft.

Point Guards
Jamie Carey, Texas

Says Dunn: “She’s a sixth-year senior who accepted a hardship year to stay in school for her final college season after overcoming a couple of serious concussions. She has become the leader of a very good Longhorns team. Can she have the same impact that Lindsey Whalen had as a WNBA rookie?”

Temeka Johnson, LSU
Says Dunn: “Temeka is a fifth-year senior and the quickest player in the draft. She is only 5’4”, but she may lead LSU to its first NCAA championship. Can she consistently knock down the 3-point shot?”

Corrie Mizusawa, Oregon
Says Dunn: “She is a 5’8” guard who led the Pac-10 in assists in 2004 and became the first player in Oregon history to record more assists than points.”

Loree Moore, Tennessee
Says Dunn: “Moore is a senior back to lead Tennessee. She is an elite athlete with a pro body. Does she have the intensity to shine at the next level?”

Yolanda Page, West Virginia
Says Dunn: “Page is West virginia's all-everything guard, and she’s got great hops!! She is the best unknown player in the senior class. Is she really as good as her stats?”

Cappie Pondexter, Rutgers
Says Dunn: “Cappie’s a great scorer. She could be one of the best 1-on-1 players in this senior class. She knows how to put on a show!”

Tan White, Mississippi State
Says Dunn: “White is a combo guard at Mississippi State. She’s a great athlete, a scoring machine, a darkhorse to be the first pick in the draft. But is she a point or a two-guard?”

Combo Guard-Forwards
Nikita Bell, North Carolina
Says Dunn: “She is another great athlete! She really hits the boards and she is one of the best defenders in the ACC. Does she have the outside game and handle for the next level?”

Laurie Koehn, Kansas State
Says Dunn: “Koehn is the shooting guard for Kansas State. She has unbelievable 3-point range. She hit 92 3's in a row during a shooting drill in practice, and now is being coached by Fever favorite Stephanie White. Is she only an outside shooter or can she slash?”

Leah Metcalf, North Carolina
Says Dunn: “A super great athlete! Metcalf loves to drive the lane. Does she have a consistent 3-point shot? She is ranked among UNC career leaders in assists and 3-pointers, could she be a possible draft sleeper?”

Erica Smith-Taylor, Louisiana Tech
According to WNBA.com, "She is out for an undetermined period of time as she and her professional boxer husband Jermain Taylor are expecting their first child in late November, which means she will miss the first part of the college season. She is just a flat-out scorer – in transition, off the dribble and from the perimeter. She could lose a step as a result of the pregnancy, but many coaches will be willing to wait for such a talented player to get back in shape and do what she does best … SCORE!"

Dee-Dee Wheeler, Arizona
According to WNBA.com, "She is a point guard that can score, but is probably more of a two-guard that will have to play the one at the next level. It will be important year for Wheeler to lead her team further into the NCAA Tournament this year in order for her to demonstrate her ability against top-notch competition on a national stage."

Tanisha Wright, Penn State
Says Dunn: “Wright is a do-it-all swing player for Penn State who can drive, post up and score! She has a great pro body. Does she have an outside shot to produce at the next level?

Forwards
Jacqueline Batteast, Notre Dame
Says Dunn: “She is a unique finesse player who can score inside and out. She is silky smooth and deceptive. Can she handle the physical play at the next level?”

Shyra Ely, Tennessee
Says Dunn: “Shyra is a 6' 2" Indianapolis native playing at Tennessee. She is a finesse player with great speed and quickness who can play the 3 or 4 positions. She is a great defender! She’s a little bit of a ‘tweener’ – what position will she play at the next level?”

Cathrine Kraayeveld, Oregon
Says Dunn: “She’s a menace on the boards who can post up down low or drill the 3-pointer. She was granted a medical hardship after missing parts of the past two years to injury, but she is widely regarded as one of the Pac 10’s best all-around athletes.”

Kristen Mann, UCSB
Says Dunn: “Mann is versatile college forward at 6’2” who plays inside and out, and has double-double potential every time she steps onto the floor.”

Heather Schreiber, Texas
Says WNBA.com, “She is also very versatile, reminds us a lot of the Fever’s Deanna Jackson, though she may not be as athletic. She is more of a post player that is playing on the perimeter. She can face up and handle the ball in transition as well as step out and hit 3-pointers. The question is what position she will play at the next level, and whether she can guard a 3 or a 4."

Kendra Wecker, Kansas State
Says Dunn: “An inside-outside scoring machine for Kansas State who will break Nicole Olhde's records before she graduates. She is big, strong and physical. Same question as Ely and Schreiber – does she play a 3 or a 4 at the next level?”

Posts
Sandora Irvin, TCU
Says Dunn: “Irvin’s a 6'3" post at TCU. She is tough on the low block, and the niece of football great Micheal Irvin. She will be a low block, back-to-the-basket player in the pros. Can she hit the 10-15 foot face-up jump shot?”

Sancho Lyttle, Houston
Says Dunn: “Lyttle’s a tall, lean, quick post for Houston. She has great speed and quickness, and she is an excellent shot blocker. She’ll be a great defender at the next level, but will she be able to score in the quarter-court?”

Janel McCarville, Minnesota
Says Dunn: “People say she is dunking now. She is big, strong, quick and physical. She’ll miss playing beside Lindsey Whalen, but she has great feet and vacuum cleaner hands. A lot of people expect her to go No. 1 in the draft. The only question is whether she run the floor at the next level.

Jessica Moore, Connecticut
Says Dunn: “She’s a UConn post who is back from knee surgery. She is a great defender and a tough competitor. She is a winner, but does she have enough offensive skills to shine in the pros?”

Lin Dunn is an assistant coach with the Indiana Fever who is a former head coach and general manager with the Seattle Storm. Dunn is one of the most colorful and prominent figures in women's basketball history, guiding collegiate teams for a quarter of a century at Austin Peay, Mississippi, Miami and Purdue - before helping build U.S. professional women's basketball leagues in the ABL and WNBA beginning in 1996-97. Dunn's coaching career reaches over four decades and includes 525 victories as a college or professional head coach.