Draft Dreams - Ta'Shia Phillips

Welcome to the Tulsa Shock's 2011 WNBA Draft Preview. The Shock hold the second and seventh overall picks in the 2011 Draft that will be held on April 11th at the ESPN Offices in Bristol, Connecticut. Leading up to the draft, we will highlight the Top-13 prospects and see how each of them could fit in with the Shock's current roster.

INTANGIBLES:
Xavier Senior
Height: 6-6
Position: Center

STATS:
2010-11 - 15.9 points/12.4 rebounds/1.5 blocks/60.4 Percent FG/30.5 minutes/game

2011 Associated Press All-America Third Team
2011 Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year
2010-11 Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team 2010-11 Atlantic 10 Championship Most Outstanding Player
Three-time A-10 All-Conference First Team (2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11)

HOW SHE FITS
As told to ESPN.com's Graham Hayes:

"She's such a great player, and the reason she's such a great player is she's so relentless in how she plays and how she approaches the game," Xavier coach Kevin McGuff said. "She's a perfectionist, and she just doesn't let a day go by where she's not trying to get better, not trying to impact our team in a positive way.With Shanna Crossley out for the year, Pohlen's incredible mark from outside could possibly fill her void on the perimeter and the scoring department. Although not the fastest point guard in the draft, her size at the guard spot will bother many players in the WNBA and complement small scoring guards Ivory Latta and Andrea Riley extremely well.

"You can just see when she plays, I don't know that there's a post payer in America who plays harder or is more relentless about just being a dominant player."

Size, skill and a relentless work ethic is a combination that many would be fond of. One-half of the twin towers along with teammate and top-five draft prospect, Amber Harris, Phillips has experience sharing the paint and floor with another WNBA-ready pro for the last few years.

Assuming her rebounding numbers translate in the WNBA, Phillips would provide much needed help in the paint for the Shock in 2011 and for years to come.

RELATED LINKS
Official Player Page
Phillips is One of a Kind

Other Prospects

Xavier - Amber Harris

Australia - Elizabeth Cambage

Oklahoma - Danielle Robinson

Gonzaga - Courtney Vandersloot

Texas A&M - Danielle Adams

Connecticut - Maya Moore

Stanford - Jeanette Pohlen

Xavier - Ta'Shia Phillips

Stanford - Kayla Pedersen

North Carolina - Jessica Breland

Kentucky Victoria Dunlap

Duke - Jasmine Thomas

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