2007 Shooting Guard Prospects
The WNBA added an elite shooting guard a year ago in Rookie of the Year Seimone Augustus. Augustus averaged 21.9 points per game, a rookie record, and ranked second in the WNBA in scoring average. She wasn't the only rookie two guard to contribute. Four other first-round picks played and contributed - Lisa Willis (Los Angeles), Sherill Baker (New York), Scholanda Dorrell (Sacramento) and Shanna Zolman (San Antonio), making the position very productive overall.
This year's group doesn't have a standout on the lines of Augustus, but several shooting guards could be drafted in the first round and contribute immediately.
Storm Outlook: The Storm has Betty Lennox entrenched as the starter at shooting guard, but could seek to add depth at the position. The Storm's backcourt is amongst the smallest in the league, and several of the top shooting guards available have good size for the position.
The measurements: 6-0
The skinny: Quinn was the youngest member of a trio of Bruins stars that included 2006 WNBA rookies Willis and Nikki Blue. After averaging 17.1 points and earning Honorable Mention AP All-America honors, Quinn was left as the go-to player on a young UCLA squad with only two double-digits scorers and forced to play point guard at times. Quinn still averaged 17.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game and finished her career in the Bruins' all-time top ten in points, rebounds and assists. Quinn has good size, versatility and terrific outside shooting ability.
The measurements: 5-9
The skinny: No one has improved their stock more in the NCAA Tournament than Price, who has been the key to Mississippi's run to the Elite Eight. Price had 29 points as Ole Miss upset second-seeded Maryland to advance to the Sweet Sixteen, then followed it up with 31 points and 10 boards yesterday as the Rebels knocked off Oklahoma. Price also had five steals against Oklahoma, allowing her to join Cheryl Miller as the only two players in NCAA history with over 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 400 assists and 400 steals. A ballhawk who led the NCAA in steals per game, Price was the SEC's Defensive Player of the Year. She also averaged over nine rebounds per game at 5-9 and is great at getting to the basket, though she hit only 12 career three-pointers.
The measurements: 5-11
The skinny: The runner-up for Pac-10 Player of the Year as a senior, Murphy averaged 17.9 points per game to rank second in the conference in scoring. Murphy is a volume scorer with the ability to create her own shot, which was useful on a USC team hit hard by injury. Like Price, she's a terrific rebounder from the perimeter, pulling down 8.4 per game to rank second in the Pac-10 in the conference in that category as well. Murphy has the size to play either wing position in the WNBA.
The measurements: 5-9
The skinny: A National Champion at Maryland, Doron seeks to become the first Israeli in WNBA history. After emerging as a star in her native country, Doron came to the U.S. to play basketball at Christ the King High School in New York (which produced Storm guard Sue Bird) before moving on to Maryland, where she averaged double-figures scoring all four years of her career. Doron is a solid shooter, but needs to improve from three-point range as a role player in the WNBA. Quickness could be an issue defensively, but Doron is tenacious enough to make up for it.
The measurements: 5-10
The skinny: Hicks joined Quinn and Murphy on the All-Pac-10 Team in a conference rich with shooting guard prospects. Her 17.2 points per game ranked fourth in the conference, just ahead of Quinn. Hicks is hoping to become the first UW player drafted since Megan Franza in 2001. Hicks got her first exposure to the WNBA last summer when she worked as a marketing intern for the Storm.
|OTHER SHOOTING GUARD PROSPECTS|
Brandie Hoskins, Ohio State - Sidelined by a torn Achilles that cost the Buckeyes in the NCAA Tournament, she may get drafted anyways a la Megan Mahoney.
Ashley Key, North Carolina State - Quick tweener is defensive specialist.