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Kevin Pelton, storm.wnba.com | March 27, 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. Today we start with the playmakers.

KRISTI TOLIVER
From: Maryland | Height: 5-7 | Born: N/A
Key Stats - PPG: 18.6 | APG: 4.9 | RPG: 3.3

Bio: Toliver set the bar high when she led the Terps to a national title as a freshman starter, hitting the three that sent the championship game to OT. After a rocky sophomore year, she rebounded with back-to-back All-America campaigns.
Coach Agler says "Obviously has had a great career at Maryland. Not only a floor general, but someone who can score with great range. I think what makes her unique is her ability to step back away from the defense and shoot that jumpshot all the way to the three-point line."
Sheehy's WNBA comparison: "She reminds me of the early Sue Bird because of her pull-up jumper and her three point shooting, but is not as aware of her teammates, as good a passer or as tall."

RENEE MONTGOMERY
From: Connecticut | Height: 5-7 | Born: 12/2/86
Key Stats - PPG: 16.1 | APG: 5.2 | RPG: 2.0

Bio: The leader of the nation's top team, the undefeated Huskies, Montgomery has started 136 straight games and 144 in her career to date, going 126-10 during the former stretch. Montgomery is a three-time All-Big East First Team pick.
Coach Agler says "Extremely quick, athletic. Can score both taking it to the basket and puling up and shooting the three-point shot. She's got a little bit of a mid-range game too, can score a lot of different ways."
Sheehy's WNBA comparison: A better shooting, rookie Lindsey Harding.

BRIANN JANUARY
From: Arizona State | Height: 5-8 | Born: 1/11/87
Key Stats - PPG: 12.0 | APG: 4.8 | RPG: 2.6

Bio: A native of Spokane, January has won both Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year honors since the conference introduced the award last season. January ranks amongst national leaders this season in both three-point percentage (44.6 percent) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.1).
Coach Agler says "Very athletic guard. Great defender. Competitive. Plays both the one and the two."
Sheehy's WNBA comparison: Teresa Weatherspoon.

SHALEE LEHNING
From: Kansas State | Height: 5-9 | Born: 10/27/86
Key Stats - PPG: 10.7 | APG: 7.6 | RPG: 7.0

Bio: No, that rebounds per game number is not a typo. A phenomenal rebounder for a guard, Lehning also ranked second in the nation in assists per game. She racked up three triple-doubles this season and five in her Wildcats career.
Coach Agler says "Obviously one of the leaders in the nation in assists. I think she's got the Big 12 record. Floor general; great ballhandler. Excellent passer."
Sheehy's WNBA comparison: Jennifer Azzi with no three-point shot.

SHA BROOKS
From: Florida | Height: 5-7 | Born: N/A
Key Stats - PPG: 16.4 | APG: 4.7 | RPG: 2.8

Bio: An All-SEC First Team pick, Brooks upped her scoring average to 19.7 points per game in conference play, good for second in the league. She finished her career in the school's all-time top five in scoring and steals.
Coach Agler says "Very athletic guard. Had a tremendous year for them. Probably one of the reasons they had such a good year in the SEC. Can score from the three-point line. Very athletic."
Sheehy's WNBA comparison: Tan White.

OTHER POINT GUARD PROSPECTS
Whitney Boddie, Auburn - Became the Tigers' all-time leading assister during opening-round win over Lehigh.
Kristi Cirone, Illinois State - Joined Jackie Stiles as the only three-time winners of the MVC Player of the Year award now named for Stiles.
Amber Guffey, Murray State - Averaged 21.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.2 assists as senior.