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Kevin Pelton, storm.wnba.com | April 8, 2008
Storm.wnba.com is taking a look at the top prospects for tomorrow's WNBA Draft on a position-by-position basis. Today, we conclude that process by looking at the centers available. LSU's Sylvia Fowles is clearly the class of the group, but as many as three other centers could be first-round picks, more depth than the position has most years. Center could be an area where the Storm looks to add depth with their second- or third-round pick.

Also see: PG Prospects | SG | SF | PF

SYLVIA FOWLES
From: LSU | Height: 6-4 | Born: 4/19/86
Key Stats - PPG: 17.4 | RPG: 10.3 | BPG: 2.0
Fowles has been one of the most dominant paint forces in recent NCAA history, helping lead LSU to four straight Final Four appearances. As a senior, she was named SC Player of the Year and earned multiple First Team All-America nods despite undergoing surgery for partially-torn knee cartilage early in the season. At 6-6, Fowles has rare height and is more agile than most players her size, allowing her to score in the post and be a factor defensively without sacrificing mobility. The likely No. 2 overall pick, Fowles should be an immediate impact player in the WNBA.

LATOYA PRINGLE
From: North Carolina | Height: 6-3 | Born: 9/11/86
Key Stats - PPG: 14.6 | RPG: 7.2 | BPG: 2.7
Pringle made strides over the course of her North Carolina career. A reserve her first two seasons who contributed primarily on the defensive end, Pringle improved her offensive game to the point where she averaged 14.6 points per game as a senior and averaged 19.8 points during this year's NCAA Tournament. There's never been any question about Pringle's shot blocking. The ACC Defensive Player of the Year as a senior, she averaged 2.7 blocks per game and an impressive 4.4 per 40 minutes. The package should add up to a mid- to late-first-round pick.

LAURA HARPER
From: Maryland | Height: 6-4 | Born: 4/11/86
Key Stats - PPG: 14.1 | RPG: 8.5 | BPG: 1.3
Random note: at both power forward and center, storm.wnba.com's No. 2 prospects are from North Carolina, followed by No. 3 prospects from Maryland. The Terp in the middle is Harper, the Most Outstanding Player of the 2006 Final Four won by Maryland. That was the highlight of Harper's career, but she enjoyed a fine four-year career, averaging a double-double in conference play as a senior year. Harper isn't exceptional in any area of her game, but is a solid player who should be a fine role player at the WNBA level.

NICKY ANOSIKE
From: Tennessee | Height: 6-4 | Born: 2/27/86
Key Stats - PPG: 8.7 | RPG: 7.3 | BPG: 1.0
Anosike better be nice to Alexis Hornbuckle for a while. Her fellow senior and WNBA prospect saved Anosike from being the goat in Sunday's national semifinal win over LSU by tipping in Anosike's miss just before the buzzer to give Tennessee a one-point win. Now, Anosike has a chance to conclude her career tonight with a second straight national championship. A solid 6-4, Anosike has all the physical attributes for WNBA success but was not a consistent standout at Tennessee. She'll have to improve her finishing ability, having shot less than 50% from the field three of her four years in college.

NATALIE DOMA
From: Idaho State | Height: 6-3 | Born: 3/14/86
Key Stats - PPG: 25.1 | RPG: 12.2 | BPG: 0.8
A native of British Columbia, Doma dominated the Big Sky during her four years at Idaho State, finishing as the conference's all-time leading scorer. Obviously, the competition of play was low relative to the WNBA, but Doma succeeded against Pac-10 opponents in non-conference play, putting up 19 points and 20 rebounds against UCLA (albeit on 7-of-22 shooting) and 24 points and 12 boards at Oregon State, both games won by the Bengals. Doma is a versatile post, stepping out to hit 24 threes as a senior, and could play some power forward at the WNBA level.

OTHER CENTER PROSPECTS
Lady Comfort, Temple - Athletic post has learned from Owls Head Coach Dawn Staley.
Meg Dahlman, Marist - Helped Red Foxes make Sweet Sixteen run in 2007, have strong 2007-08 season.
Sarah Elliott, Kentucky - Another 6-6 SEC post, albeit with limited mobility.
Olayinka Sanni, West Virginia - First-Team All-Big East pick each of the last two seasons.
Marcedes Walker, Pitt - Burly post is Pitt's all-time leader in rebounding and just the second player in school history to go for 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.