Draft Feature - Stefanie Dolson
In high school, her talent never went unnoticed. Dolson scored 1,951 points and recorded in 1,607 rebounds during her four-year career at Minisink High School in Port Jervis, NY. She averaged 22.8 points, 17.6 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 5.2 blocks per game in 2009-10. She led Minisink to four-consecutive New York State Public High School Athletic Association Second Nine Championship Game appearances.
Some might find it rare to see a recent high school graduate basketball player with the talent to play for a national team, but Dolson made it happen, as she was a member of the 2010 USA U18 National Team and the 2011 USA U19 National Team earning gold medals in both. In 2010 for USA, she averaged 6.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game finishing with a perfect 5-0 record earning the 2010 FIBA Americas Championship gold medal. The winning streak continued in 2011, while Dolson averaged 9.2 points and 4.4 rebounds a game, and posted an 8-1 record and captured the gold medal in Valdivia, Chile.
She was a member of the 2010 ESPN Rise All-America First Team, selected as a USA Today All-USA Third Team member and honored as a Fourth-Team All-America pick by Parade Magazine. It wasnít long before Connecticut noticed the 6-foot-5 center, as she was ranked as the 39th-best recruit nationally and rated as the second-best center in the country by ESPN Hoopgurlz. As a Freshman, Dolson averaged 10.2 points and 6.13 rebounds per game, while being named Big East All-Tournament team, Big East All-Rookie team and a two time Big East Freshman of the Week.
Dolsonís numbers kept increasing each season as she led the Huskies in rebounding in the 2011-12 campaign pulling down 6.0 grabs per game and was the leader in blocks with 57 denials. She tallied 20 double-figure performances, including four 20-plus games, while averaging 10.4 points and 23.9 minutes per game, and recorded a team-high 20 points as she went 10-for-16 in the Final Four on April 1 against Notre Dame. She was named NCAA All-Kingston Regional Team, Preseason and All-Big East Honorable Mention, Big East All-Tournament Team, Preseason Naismith Award Watch List, Preseason Wade Watch List and Wooden Award Preseason Top-30. She was unstoppable, and she planned to keep it that way.
During her junior year, she played and started in 38 of the Huskiesí 39 games. She was third on the team with 13.6 points while leading the squad with 7.1 rebounds per game and is on pace to become the fourth player in Connecticut history to average a double-double. Dolson was also third on the team at 26.8 minutes per game and led the squad with a solid .598 field goal percentage, which was the second-highest total nationally. She was one of three Huskies to dish at least 100 assists being third with 117.
Though she suffered through a couple injuries toward the end of the season, she still managed to average 12.5 points and led the team with 9.3 rebounds per game during the postseason that led to winning the 2013 NCAA National Title. However, her injuries didnít keep her from receiving even more honors. She was named to the WBCA/State Farm All-America Team, USBWA All-America Team, Associated Press All-America Third Team, All-Big East First Team and All-Tournament Team, Naismith Award Preseason Watch List and the Wooden Award Preseason Top-30.
Dolsonís rebounding percentage isn't, or shouldnít be, the thing that's going to make or break her in the process of scouting for the WNBA. The most impressive thing about the 6-foot-5 center is the entire package; with her rebounding, passing and scoring ability, she is projected to be a first-round pick for a reason.