Draft Dreams: Natalie Novosel

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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.

Natalie Novosel:

Hometown: Lexington, KY
College: Notre Dame
Height: 5-11
Position: Guard

CAREER HONORS
2011-12 All Big East First Team
2010-11 State Farm Coaches' All-America Team (honorable mention)
2010-11 Big East Most Improved Player
2010-11 All Big East First Team
2010-11 WBCA Classic Most Valuable Player
2010-11 NCAA Dayton Regional All-Tournament Team
2010-11 Big East Championship All-Tournament Team
2010-11 State Farm Holiday Hoops Classic All-Tournament Team.

STATS (through Feb 23):
2011-12: 15.4 pts/4.2 rebs/2.0 asts/1.3 stls/43.0 FG%/83.8 FT% (Through 38 games)

HOW SHE FITS
Natalie Novosel is the starting off-guard who has gotten better in each of the past two seasons while helping lead Notre Dame to back-to-back NCAA Championship games. Novesel led Notre Dame in scoring in 2010-11 at 15.1 points a game, an average she improved upon in her senior season to finish second on the team at 15.4 points a game.

Novosel shot over 40 percent from three-point territory in both her junior and senior seasons, a statistic that will translate well at the professional level as teams look to extend the floor and drive and kickout or from the post.

Novosel joins Tyra White and Tiffany Hayes as the top shooting guard prospects in this year's draft but her abilty to consistently make shots from behind the three-point line might make her a more attractive selection than her 2010 NCAA Championship and Big East counterpart. Playing alongside future WNBA prospect Skylar Diggins and Devereaux Peters has perhaps accelerated Novosel's developement towards a professional career as she has been playing at a speed that she will soon be accustomed to in the WNBA.

RELATED LINKS
Official Player Page
USA Today: Natalie Novosel driving force for Notre Dame
VIDEO: Courtside with Natalie Novosel

OTHER PROSPECTS
Samantha Prahalis - Ohio State
Nnemkadi Ogwumike - Stanford
Glory Johnson - Tennessee

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