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2009 Small Forward Prospects

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Kevin Pelton, storm.wnba.com | April 1, 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 continue with the small forwards.

ANGEL MCCOUGHTRY
From: Louisville | Height: 6-1 | Born: 9/10/86 | WNBA.com Profile
Key Stats - PPG: 23.2 | RPG: 9.3 | APG: 1.9

Bio: The expected No. 1 overall pick, McCoughtry is the biggest reason why Louisville is headed to its first Final Four. McCoughtry has been named to All-American Teams by ESPN.com and the Associated Press thus far and was the Big East's Defensive Player of the Year on the strength of her ridiculous average of 4.2 steals per game, demonstrating her ability to impact the game at both ends.
Coach Agler says ... "She'll be one of the top one or two picks in the draft. Probably the best offensive player in the draft. Good size, great competitor."
Sheehy's WNBA comparison: "I was torn the first few times I saw her between Swoopes and Swin Cash. She has Cash's body and slashing, Swoopes defensive speed and hands but is not as great a shooter Sheryl nor as physical a player as Cash."

MARISSA COLEMAN
From: Maryland | Height: 6-1 | Born: 1/4/87 | WNBA.com Profile
Key Stats - PPG: 18.1 | RPG: 8.5 | APG: 3.3

Bio: Coleman delivered one of this year's tournament's signature memories when she exploded for 42 points and 15 rebounds Saturday to put Maryland on her back and defeat Vanderbilt. Two days later, Coleman's college career ended in disappointment when the Terps lost to McCoughtry and Louisville. Coleman is a more physical player and a better distributor, but not as effective defensively as McCoughtry. She started her career by helping Maryland to a national championship as a freshman.
Coach Agler says ... "She's somebody that's had a great year. Great size - excellent rebounder for the three spot. Good three-point range. I've been impressed with her competitiveness lately."
Sheehy's WNBA comparison: A better-shooting Sheri Sam.

DANIELLE GANT
From: Texas A&M | Height: 5-11 | Born: 3/6/87 | WNBA.com Profile
Key Stats - PPG: 14.2 | RPG: 6.8 | APG: 2.1

Bio: A gritty defender, Gant played the post in the Big 12 at 5-11 out of necessity for an undersized Aggies squad and was the conference's Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. Capable on the offensive end as well, Gant finished her career ranked in Texas A&M's all-time top five in scoring, rebounding, steals and blocks
Coach Agler says ... "Very efficient player. Strong, physical player. Great defender, great rebounder. She'll have to go from the four spot to the three spot in the WNBA."
Sheehy's WNBA comparison: Mwadi Mabika.

LYNDRA LITTLES
From: Virginia | Height: 6-1 | Born: 6/20/87 | WNBA.com Profile
Key Stats - PPG: 19.9 | RPG: 6.4 | APG: 0.7

Bio: The fourth-leading scorer in Virginia's storied history, Littles turned her academic suspension for the first semester of her senior season into a positive, using the time off to expand her game on the perimeter and become more versatile with an eye toward the WNBA. Most notably, Littles hit 26 threes in 25 games after totaling 17 as a junior and none her first two seasons.
Coach Agler says ... "Sat out most of the first half of the season. Has come on, and I think that's one reason Virginia had a good ACC year. She was maybe their leading scorer in ACC games. She's really a three; she's played some four for them, but she'll have to be a three in the WNBA."
Sheehy's WNBA comparison: Asjha Jones.

RASHANDA MCCANTS
From: North Carolina | Height: 6-1 | Born: 11/17/86 | WNBA.com Profile
Key Stats - PPG: 14.4 | RPG: 6.4 | APG: 2.1

Bio: McCants comes from an athletic family. Her brother Rashard also starred at North Carolina and currently plays for the Sacramento Kings, while cousins have played both baseball and football professionally. McCants has great athleticism, but her perimeter skills are a work in progress.
Coach Agler says ... "Sort of like Littles. She's going to be a three in our league but plays four for her college team. Good athlete with three-point range. She can also play with her back to the basket."
Sheehy's WNBA comparison: She is a slashing, athletic forward like Swin Cash but lacks Swin's polish and mid-range jumper.

OTHER SMALL FORWARD PROSPECTS
Megan Frazee, Liberty - Part of triplets who played together at Liberty, Frazee was a two-time Big South Player of the Year and has WNBA size.
Jillian Harmon, Stanford - A consummate role player for Stanford who got valuable Olympic experience with the New Zealand National Team last summer.
Laura Kurz, Villanova - Duke transfer and sister of Golden State Warriors' Rob was Big East's Most Improved Player and All-Big East First Teamer as senior.
Jessica Morrow, Baylor - Quality defender was Most Outstanding Player of Big 12 Tournament.
Jennifer Risper, Vanderbilt - Named NBCA's National Defensive Player of the Year after stifling post players at 5-9.