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2009 Center Prospects

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Kevin Pelton, storm.wnba.com | April 6, 2009
Storm.wnba.com is taking a look at the top prospects for Thursday's WNBA Draft on a position-by-position basis. For the top five players at each position, Storm Head Coach Brian Agler offers his insider take, while Patrick Sheehy of the Chasing the Title blog and WNBA Draft Net shares his WNBA comparisons to go along with additional background info on each player. Today we wrap things up with the centers.

COURTNEY PARIS
From: Oklahoma | Height: 6-4 | Born: 9/21/87 | WNBA.com Profile
Key Stats - PPG: 15.9 | RPG: 13.6 | BPG: 2.9

Bio: From the moment she stepped on campus in Norman, Paris has been one of the most dominant players in college basketball and a sure WNBA lottery pick. While her career fell short of the national championship she vowed to win or repay her scholarship entering this year's tournament, Paris still enjoyed a phenomenal career. The first player ever named to four straight AP All-American Teams, Paris posted a record 112 straight double-doubles.
Coach Agler says ... "Courtney's going to be one of the top picks in the draft. She's probably as good a rebounder as there is in the draft. Finishes well at the basket, runs the floor decently. Just somebody that can dominate the boards at both ends."
Sheehy's WNBA comparison: "The closest I can come is Ebony Hoffman based on size only. There is no one like Courtney in the pro game."

KIA VAUGHN
From: Rutgers | Height: 6-4 | Born: 1/24/87 | WNBA.com Profile
Key Stats - PPG: 9.9 | RPG: 7.2 | BPG: 1.9

Bio: Vaughn's best collegiate campaign was her sophomore season, when she averaged 12.8 points and 9.3 rebounds per game, was an All-Big East First Teamer and was named to the All-Tournament team after helping lead Rutgers to the national championship game. Since, Vaughn has struggled to take her game to the next level to match her physical tools, though she played some of her best basketball late in her senior season.
Coach Agler says ... "Physically, one of the best players in the draft. She's starting to play real well here down the stretch. 15 feet and in can score. Has an excellent turnaround jumpshot. Very physical and athletic."
Sheehy's WNBA comparison: Kara Braxton.

CHANTE BLACK
From: Duke | Height: 6-5 | Born: 11/12/85 | WNBA.com Profile
Key Stats - PPG: 14.2 | RPG: 8.4 | BPG: 2.1

Bio: Outside of Paris, Black was the most productive senior center in the country, earning Third Team All-American honors from the AP and All-ACC First Team honors as well as the conference's Defensive Player of the Year award. At 6-5, Black has legit size for a center but is also a highly mobile player with diverse skills.
Coach Agler says ... "A finesse player, but exceptional athlete. Can score both facing the basket 15 feet and in and with her back to the basket. Excellent touch and timing on the offensive boards."
Sheehy's WNBA comparison: Michelle Snow.

DEVANEI HAMPTON
From: California | Height: 6-3 | Born: 5/2/87 | WNBA.com Profile
Key Stats - PPG: 9.3 | RPG: 6.4 | BPG: 0.8

Bio: If not for persistent knee injuries, Hampton might be a first-round pick. Healthy as a sophomore, she averaged 16.6 points and 8.0 rebounds per game and was named Pac-10 Player of the Year. Her last two seasons have been shortened by surgeries on her right knee, having originally torn her ACL in high school. Hampton returned to the starting lineup for conference play as a senior and picked up her numbers considerably.
Coach Agler says ... "Someone that's come on this year. She's been battling knee issues her whole career. She's come on here of late and she's got a little bit of versatility to her game, though she's best with her back to the basket on the block."
Sheehy's WNBA comparison: Vanessa Hayden.

AISHA MOHAMMED
From: Virginia | Height:6-3 | Born: 10/21/85
Key Stats - PPG: 12.8 | RPG: 10.1 | BPG: 0.5

Bio: A native of Nigeria who represented her country in the 2004 Olympics at age 18, Mohammed had two effective years in the ACC after starting her college career in the JC ranks. Along with Paris, Mohammed was one of five players in BCS conference to average double-figure rebounds. Her offense remains a work in progress.
Coach Agler says ... "Decent offensive player. Excellent rebounder, excellent defender. That's probably the strength of her game."
Sheehy's WNBA comparison: Olayinka Sanni.

OTHER CENTER PROSPECTS
Jessica Adair, George Washington - Three-time All-A-10 First Teamer; former teammate of Storm's Kimberly Beck.
Sybil Dosty, Arizona State - Rangy Tennessee transfer was the Pac-10's Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Quanitra Hollingsworth, Virginia Commonwealth - Graduating at age 20, having skipped two grades of elementary school, as an All-CAA First Team pick and VCU's all-time leading rebounder. Played first two years under then-VCU assistant and former Storm player Wendy Palmer.
Jelena Milovanovic, Serbia - Leading scorer (15.0 ppg) for Euroleague Final Four squad MKB Euroleasing Sopron.
Amber Sprague, San Diego - All-time leading scorer and rebounder is looking to become USD's first WNBA player; has legit size at 6-5.