Draft Dreams - Devereaux Peters
Welcome to the Tulsa Shock's 2012 WNBA Draft Preview. The Shock hold the fourth overall pick in the 2012 Draft this spring. Leading up to the draft, we will highlight the top prospects and see how each of them could fit in with the Shock's current roster.
Hometown: Chicago, IL
College: Notre Dame
2011-2012 First Team All Big East
2011-12 Big East Defensive Player of the Year
2010-2011: State Farm Coaches' All-America Team Honorable Mention
2010-11 Big East Defensive Player of the Year
2010-11 First-Team All Big East
2010-11 State Farm Holiday Hoops Classic Most Valuable Player
2010-11 NCAA Women's Final Four All-Tournament Team
2010-11 WBCA Classic All-Tournament Team
2008: Big East All-Freshman Team
2011-12: 12.1 pts/9.4 rebs/2.0 stls/2.0 blks/55.2 FG%/67.8 FT% (Through 35 games)
HOW SHE FITS
After battle two ACL injuries and three related surgeries that caused her to miss signficiant time during her first three season, the reigning two-time Big East Defensive Player of the Year has overcome a pleathora of adversity and is now ready to begin her professional career.
Peters' 6-foot-5 wingspan has resulted in incredible defensive production during her fifth year at Notre Dame in 2011-12 as she's averaging exactly two steals and two blocks a game to go along with her 12.1 points and 9.4 rebounds. Her production puts her in position to become only the second player in school history with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 150 blocks and 150 steals in her career (Jacqueline Batteast was the first to do so from 2001-05).
At 6-2 with an uncanny abiliyt to disrupt passing lanes and block shots, Peters will be an effective periemter, post and help defender in the WNBA. Her length will make her an effecitve pick-and-roll defender at the top of the key and allow her to slide over to the three-spot should a team want to play big in specific situations. Despite the injuries, Peters' all-around production and accolades in a power conference should translate to an effective professional career.