Jeanette Pohlen

Name: Jeanette Pohlen
Height: 5'11"
Position: Shooting Guard
Class: Senior
School: Stanford
School Bio: Jeanette Pohlen



Bio

Perhaps no player has improved her draft stock as much as Stanford senior Jeanette Pohlen this season. The 5-11 guard seized the national stage when the Cardinal put a halt to Connecticut’s 90-game winning streak on Dec. 30. In that game, Pohlen scored a career-high 31 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out six assists. One of the draft’s best shooters, she’s made 83 three-pointers (at a 41.9 percent clip) this season while also hitting 91.0 percent of her free throws. For her senior year, Pohlen is averaging 15.2 points and 4.7 assists per game.



Coach Reeve's Thoughts

Clutch guard who has had an outstanding senior season.



An Outside Look

Graham Hays, ESPN.com

A team gets two players for the price of one with Pohlen, who went from a point guard of necessity early in her time at Stanford to a bit of a luxury running the show for the Cardinal. She studied the position and takes good care of the ball, but as she memorably demonstrated with a big scoring night in a win against Connecticut, she still has strong roots as a scorer with deep range.


Michelle Smith, Left Coast Hoops

Jeanette saw her stock shoot up after the UConn game in which she put up 30+ points. Other than that game, how is her senior year going and where do you think she might fit in the pros?
Jeanette might be one of the most improved players through four years ever to come through Stanford. She plays fast and hard and for the first time in her career, she's under control. Pohlen, who was never considered a "true" point guard, will push the ball in transition, is a scorer – one of the nation's best perimeter shooters – and has become a rock-solid leader. She willed the Cardinal to that win over Connecticut. It was one of the most impressive performances of the entire season so far.

How have you seen Pohlen's game develop over her career at Stanford?
Pohlen has gone from being aggressive, but prone to mistakes, to a more polished, consistent player.

What would you consider to be Pohlen's strengths on the court?
Pohlen plays with such energy and pace.


Elliot Almond, Mercury News

Jeanette saw her stock shoot up after the UConn game in which she put up 30+ points. Other than that game, how is her senior year going and where do you think she might fit in the pros?
Jeanette Pohlen is the most improved player in college basketball that I have seen. She already was really one of the Pac-10's best before the season, but she has become the country's fiercest guard. She's not even supposed to be a point guard but Pohlen has become one with the ball. She looks like her senior year at Brea-Olinda High School when she could do everything. The UConn game was a coming out party for her as far as the rest of the country is concerned, but what you saw on TV that night has been continuing ever since. Pohlen should have a prosperous, and long, WNBA career. A 6-foot point guard who can transform into a shooting guard will be a premium.

How have you seen Pohlen's game develop over her career at Stanford?
Jeanette had to wait her turn as a freshman with Candice Wiggins running the show and JJ Hones enjoying her last healthy season. Pohlen's ascent is more typical than Pedersen's. She looked uncomfortable, though talented, in the freshman season. She spent the summer getting into incredible shape and focused on ball control. No one knew at the time that the extra work on dribbling and ballhandling skills would become so important. But in the middle of her sophomore season, Stanford coaches asked her to take over the point. It has been a work in progress but as I said above, she has mastered the point although she's a shooting guard. She has exceeded the Cardinal coaching staff's expectations, and if you know Tara VanDerveer, that's saying something.

What would you consider to be Pohlen's strengths on the court?
When considering the two of them, the biggest strength is an unwillingness to give in. They just will do anything to help their teams win. We could describe that as attitude. Individually, each has specific attributes. Pohlen: Unparalleled endurance and speed, sturdiness (she rarely is injured), long-range shooting, driving ability, laser concentration at the free-throw line and, like Pedersen, a vast knowledge of how the game is supposed to be played. Pohlen understands tempo as well as any point guard in the country. And I should also mention her passing, which goes hand-in-hand with controlling the tempo.


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