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2008 Shooting Guard Prospects

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Kevin Pelton, storm.wnba.com | April 3, 2008
Storm.wnba.com is taking a look at the top prospects for the April 9 WNBA Draft on a position-by-position basis. That continues today with shooting guards. Stanford's Candice Wiggins is the top player available at the position and one of the top prospects overall, but several other twos could be drafted in the first round. The Storm has depth at the position after acquiring Roneeka Hodges in a trade with Atlanta, but could still add a shooting guard using a "best player available" philosophy.

Also see: PG Prospects

CANDICE WIGGINS
From: Stanford | Height: 5-11 | Born: 2/14/87
Key Stats - PPG: 20.2 | RPG: 4.6 | APG: 3.1
If there were any questions about Wiggins' potential at the pro level - and there were not - she has answered them with a remarkable NCAA Tournament performance. Wiggins has topped the 40-point mark twice in four games en route to Stanford's first Final Four appearance since 1997. During her senior season, Wiggins became the Pac-10's all-time leading scorer. Her game should translate easily to the WNBA level. Wiggins has ideal size for a shooting guard, can shoot from distance and is terrific at breaking defenses down off the dribble. The only question is whether she will go third overall or drop all the way to fourth.

ALEXIS HORNBUCKLE
From: Tennessee | Height: 5-11 | Born: 10/16/85
Key Stats - PPG: 10.3 | RPG: 5.7 | APG: 3.7
A key starter for the defending NCAA Champions, Hornbuckle's calling card is her versatility. She averages nearly six rebounds and 3.7 assists per night (the latter mark tops on the team, ahead of point guard Shannon Bobbitt, a top prospect at the position). Defensively, Hornbuckle uses her size to her advantage, playing the passing lanes to the tune of nearly three steals a night and also blocking nearly a shot per game. Hornbuckle can sometimes be lost in the Tennessee offense; she was fourth on the team in scoring during SEC play. That might make it hard for coaches and GMs to justify using a pick in the upper half of the first round on Hornbuckle, but it would be a mistake to let her slip too far.

MATEE AJAVON
From: Rutgers | Height: 5-8 | Born: 5/7/86
Key Stats - PPG: 12.2 | RPG: 3.6 | APG: 5.2
The starting point guard for Rutgers, Ajavon isn't considered a pure point guard at the WNBA level but has enough size and ability to handle either guard position as a pro. Ajavon will have an interesting transition as she plays less with the ball in her hands as a pro but will not be put in a position of regularly having to create shots for herself or others with the shot clock winding down in the halfcourt. In that role, it would help if she is able to develop into a more consistent three-point threat.

CHAREL ALLEN
From: Notre Dame | Height: 5-11 | Born: 7/23/86
Key Stats - PPG: 15.1 | RPG: 5.6 | APG: 2.5
A standout over her last two years at Notre Dame, Allen doubled her scoring average between her sophomore and junior seasons from 8.5 ppg to 17.0. Allen is at her best getting to the basket off the dribble. At the WNBA level, Allen will have to develop her perimeter skills. She shot 38.1% from three-point range as a senior, but only attempted 42 threes in 34 games. Allen had a big effort in the NCAA Tournament, scoring a career-high 35 points in a win over Oklahoma that propelled the Fighting Irish into the Sweet Sixteen.

QUIANNA CHANEY
From: LSU | Height: 5-11 | Born: 4/14/86
Key Stats - PPG: 14.6 | RPG: 2.6 | APG: 3.2
In a word: shooter. Chaney has knocked down 92 three-pointers this season, the second-best single-season mark in LSU history. She's hit them at a 38.8% clip, including a sizzling 44.1% from downtown. Chaney has in no small part benefited from the double-teams drawn by center Sylvia Fowles and the distribution of point guard Erica White, but that kind of shooting ability will make her valuable to any team. Chaney is also an intelligent ballhandler who has posted an assist-to-turnover ratio near two this season.

OTHER SHOOTING GUARD PROSPECTS
Jolene Anderson, Wisconsin - Big Ten Player of the Year averaged nearly 19 points a game during her four-year career in Madison.
T.J. Jordan, Old Dominion - Undersized player bothered by foot injury as senior.
Marscilla Packer, Ohio State - Terrific shooter made 80 threes and shot 40-plus-percent from downtown as a senior.
Allie Quigley, DePaul - Chosen as All-Big East and conference's Aeropostale Scholar-Athlete as a senior.
Wanisha Smith, Duke - Lone Blue Devils senior finished career fourth in Duke history in assists.