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2009 Power Forward Prospects

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Kevin Pelton, storm.wnba.com | April 3, 2009
Storm.wnba.com is taking a look at the top prospects for the April 9 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 continue with the power forwards.

ASHLEY WALKER
From: California | Height: 6-1 | Born: 2/24/87 | WNBA.com Profile
Key Stats - PPG: 19.8 | RPG: 8.6 | APG: 1.7

Bio: A steady force who helped Cal challenge Stanford for Pac-10 supremacy, Walker led the conference in scoring this season at nearly 20 points per game. Using soft touch in the paint, Walker shot over 55 percent from the field and was named to the Associated Press' All-American Third Team.
Coach Agler says ... "Probably one of the better offensive players in the draft. Had a great year for Cal. She's really developing the versatility of her game. She's extended her range to the three-point line now and just has great touch around the basket."
Sheehy's WNBA comparison: Tangela Smith.

ASHLEY PARIS
From: Oklahoma | Height: 6-3 | Born: 9/21/87 | WNBA.com Profile
Key Stats - PPG: 12.5 | RPG: 9.6 | APG: 1.7

Bio: Long overshadowed by her twin sister Courtney, Paris improved her conditioning heading into her senior season and saw her game take off to the point where Bob Knight, analyzing a Sooners game for ESPN, suggested Ashley was the better of the Paris twins. An All-Big 12 First Team pick, Paris figures to be effective as a rebounder and a defender who can score as well.
Coach Agler says ... "Obviously in a lot better shape than she was a year ago. Has played off her sister quite a bit in her career. Real solid player. Decent rebounder. Plays primarily with her back to the basket, though she can face up and handle the ball in the open floor. I believe she'll be a good four player in our league."
Sheehy's WNBA comparison: Rebekkah Brunson.

LINDSAY WISDOM-HYLTON
From: Purdue | Height: 6-2 | Born: 5/26/86 | WNBA.com Profile
Key Stats - PPG: 13.3 | RPG: 9.2 | APG: 2.8

Bio: After missing the 2007-08 campaign while rehabbing a torn ACL, Wisdom-Hylton returned and picked up where she'd left off, earning All-Big Ten First Team honors as she did during her junior year. The 2006-07 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, Wisdom-Hylton finished her career as Purdue's all-time leader in blocks and rebounds.
Coach Agler says ... "This is her fifth year. I think it's helped her coming off an injury here a couple years ago. One thing that stands out to me about Lindsay is the poise she plays with. She can handle the ball in the open floor, score with her back to the basket. She can hit the three-point shot, but most of her shots are facing the basket 15 feet and in."
Sheehy's WNBA comparison: Camille Little.

CHRISTINA WIRTH
From: Vanderbilt | Height: 6-1 | Born: 4/18/87 | WNBA.com Profile
Key Stats - PPG: 16.6 | RPG: 5.7 | APG: 2.1

Bio: A two-time All-SEC pick, Wirth created matchup problems throughout the SEC with her phenomenal shooting from the center position for the undersized Commodores. In the WNBA, she'll move to forward, where her combination of size and shooting ability will continue to be an asset.
Coach Agler says ... "Great shooter. She's about 6-1, 6-2. One of the better shooters in the draft without question."
Sheehy's WNBA comparison: Kristen Mann.

STAR ALLEN
From: Ohio State | Height:5-11 | Born: N/A
Key Stats - PPG: 10.8 | RPG: 7.7 | APG: 1.7

Bio: A bruising post presence at 5-11, Allen complemented star Buckeyes center Janel Lavendar in the post, averaging an impressive 12.2 rebounds per 40 minutes. Allen's best season was her sophomore campaign, when she set a Big Ten record by shooting 69.4 percent in conference games
Coach Agler says ... "Played real well this year. Physically strong. Undersized four player. Has the ability - a very good rebounder."
Sheehy's WNBA comparison: Latasha Byears.

OTHER POWER FORWARD PROSPECTS
Candyce Bingham, Louisville - All-Big East pick is steadying force for Final Four-bound Cardinals.
Marshae Dotson, Florida - Undersized post earned All-SEC First Team honors.
Marlies Gipson, Kansas State - 6-footer ranked amongst national leaders with 2.6 bpg.
Sonja Petrovic, Serbia - Named FIBA Europe Young Women's Player of the Year for 2007-08 season.
Alba Torrens, Spain - Played for Spanish National Team in 2008 Olympics.