2009 Center Prospects
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.
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."
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.