Draft Preview: Breaking Down the Options

Marissa Coleman, SG/SF, University of Maryland, 6-1

  • If she wasnít playing basketball, Coleman says she would be a sports broadcaster.
  • Received All-ACC honors all four years of college. In 2009, Coleman was named first-team All-ACC.
  • Won a gold medal with USA basketball during the 2007 Pan American games and a gold medal at the 2005 FIBA U19 World Championship in Tunisia.
  • As a high school All-American, Coleman led all scorers at the 2005 McDonalds All-American game with 19 points.
  • This season Coleman is averaging 17.7 points per game and 8.1 rebounds per contest. She also leads the team in steals.

    2009 Tournament Stats.

    Louisville | 4 | L, 77-60 | 18 pts., 4 reb.
    Vanderbilt | 3 | W, 78-74 | 42 pts., 15 reb., 2 ast.
    Utah | 2 | W, 71-56 | 18 pts., 18 reb.
    Dartmouth | 1 | W, 82-53 | 9 pts., 13 reb., 5 ast.


    Angel McCoughtry, SF, Louisville, 6-1

  • The native of Baltimore played four seasons at St. Francis Academy and was named the Baltimore Metro Player of the Year in 2003.
  • As a junior, McCoughtry led the Big East in scoring, rebounding, and steals.
  • In the summer of 2007, McCoughtry represented the gold-medal winning USA in the Pam Am Games in Brazil and led the team in scoring with 12.6 points per game.
  • Was recently named a First Team All-American by ESPN.com and CBSSportsline.com.
  • This season McCoughtry is averaging a Big East best 26.6 points per game, 10 rebounds, and 4.7 steals per game (best in the nation).

    2009 Tournament Stats.

    Maryland | 4 | W, 77-60 | 15 pts., 6 reb., 3 ast., 3 stl.
    Baylor | 3 | W, 56-39 | 15 pts., 15 reb., 3 stl.
    LSU | 2 | W, 62-52 | 17 pts., 6 reb.
    Liberty | 1 | W, 62-42 | 12 pts., 4 reb., 4 stl., 3 ast.


    Renee Montgomery, PG, University of Connecticut, 5-7

  • The St. Albans, West Virginia native led her high school team to three straight state championships from 2002-2004
  • Entering the 2009 NCAA tournament, Montgomery started 132 consecutive games at point guard for the top ranked Huskies. She also leads the team in minutes played this season at 31.4 minutes per game.
  • This March, Montgomery received the 2009 Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award. The award is given annually to a player 5-8 or shorter who shows outstanding academic and athletic achievements.
  • Was a member of the 2006 U20 USA national team that won a gold medal.
  • One of only 11 players in UConn history to have her #20 jersey raised to the rafters at Gampel Pavilion.

    2009 Tournament Stats.

    California | 3 | W, 77-53 | 13 pts., 4 reb., 3 ast., 2 stl.
    Florida | 2 | W, 87-59 | 25 pts., 4 rebs., 5 ast.
    Vermont | 1 | W, 104-65 | 19 pts., 7 ast.


    Courtney Paris, C, Oklahoma, 6-4

  • Parisí father Bubba was an All-Pro for the San Francisco 49ers and is currently a motivational speaker. Her twin sister Ashley is also a senior at Oklahoma.
  • Paris was named the 2005 national high school player of the year by USA Today. Paris was also named the MVP of the 2005 McDonaldís All-American Game after scoring 16 points and collecting 12 rebounds.
  • Paris holds nearly 50 Big 12 basketball records including racking up over 100 consecutive double-doubles.
  • Entering the 2008-2009 season, Paris was a three-time first team All-American and two-time Big 12 Player of the Year.
  • This season Paris is averaging 16 points per game, 13.7 rebounds per contest, and a team-best 96 blocked shots.

    2009 Tournament Stats.

    Pittsburgh | 3 | W, 70-59 | 10 pts., 9 reb., 2 blk.
    Georgia Tech | 2 | W, 69-50 | 9 pts., 10 reb., 6 blk.
    Prairie View | 1 | W, 76-47 | 11 pts., 16 reb., 4 blk.


    Kristi Toliver, PG, University of Maryland, 5-7

  • The 2009 ACC Player of the Year is currently averaging a team best 18.4 points per game. Toliver also leads the team in assists and minutes played.
  • Aside from basketball, Toliver has dreamed of being a professional whistler. Itís no coincidence that her father, George, was an NBA referee.
  • As a senior in high school, Toliver was a McDonalds All-American, an EA Sports All-American, and a Parade All-American.
  • As a junior, Toliver became the first ever Maryland player to receive the Nancy Lieberman Award for the nationís top point guard. She has been nominated for the award three times including this season.
  • As a five year old, Toliver wanted to be the first female to play in the WNBA.

    2009 Tournament Stats.

    Louisville | 4 | L, 77-60 | 14 pts., 4 ast., 2 stl.
    Vanderbilt | 3 | W, 78-74 | 17 pts., 3 reb., 3 ast.
    Utah | 2 | W, 71-56 | 17 pts., 4 ast.
    Dartmouth | 1 | W, 82-53 | 27 pts., 4 ast.