2009 Power Forward Prospects
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.
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.
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.