2009 Small 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. Today we continue with the small forwards.
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."
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.