Name: Victoria Dunlap
Position: Small Forward
School Bio: Victoria Dunlap
The 2009-10 SEC Player of the Year, Kentucky senior Victoria Dunlap is excelling in a tough conference. The 6-1 forward leads the Wildcats in scoring (17.0 ppg), rebounding (8.9 rpg), steals (3.1 spg) and blocked shots (1.5 bpg) entering the NCAA Tournament. The dynamic all-around performer is looked at as the complete package, combining impressive defensive instincts with the ability to score the basketball inside. One area to improve: three-point shooting. Dunlap is just 9-of-33 (27.3 percent) from beyond the arc over her career.
A 6-1 forward who can score and rebound, but is most noted for her steals and blocks.
Debbie Antonelli, ESPN
Strengths: Athletic rim finisher in 1/4 court and in transition. Can defend 1-5. Emerging mid-range game.
Weaknesses: Range for size. Handle for size.
Intangibles: Athletic with excellent defensive instincts. Quick and hard working. Will play different position in WNBA to be more of perimeter player. Similar in skill to Armintie Price with the same attitude and work ethic. Will develop into more complete offensive player. Too much athleticism and basketball smarts.
LaChina Robinson, ESPN
Next to Maya Moore, Dunlap is perhaps the player that brings the best combination of offense and defense in this year's draft class. What makes her such a good defensive player?
Victoria's basketball IQ and physical dimensions make her an outstanding defensive player. Not only does she see the play before it happens, but her quickness is that of a small guard in the body of a forward. She can shoot the gap and get deflections on post entry passes which creates transition offense for her team. The SEC boasts some of the fastest guards in the country, so for Victoria to be #1 in the league in steals makes a statement.
How have you seen Dunlap's offensive game develop this year?
Victoria is more comfortable taking the perimeter shots and has become a better free throw shooter throughout the course of her career. Defenders would often sag off Victoria, but now she keeps defenses honest by knocking down shots from the outside. She draws fouls because of her activity on the offensive glass and is now able to convert at the free throw line, increasing her scoring ability tremendously.
How do you think she fits in at the next level? What does she have to work on at the next level?
At Kentucky, Dunlap plays the forward position. On the next level it would be an asset if she could expand her skill set and play small forward. She is undersized in the interior depending on the matchup; however, she already possesses the quickness and basketball IQ to play on the perimeter. In order to make that transition, her ballhandling and outside shot will need to continue to improve.
Is there a current WNBA player that you'd compare Dunlap to?
I would compare Victoria Dunlap to Swin Cash. We all admire Swin's physical gifts with her length, great size, soft hands and ability to change a game with her relentless rebounding. In recent years, Swin has really improved her range from the three-point line; in fact, it helped Seattle win the WNBA Championship in 2010. If Victoria continues to work on her outside shot and physical strength, she could one day be very similar in style to Swin. Also, they are both capable of guarding any position on the perimeter.
- FAN ZONE