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2009 Shooting Guard Prospects

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Kevin Pelton, storm.wnba.com | March 30, 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 shooting guards.

DEWANNA BONNER
From: Auburn | Height: 6-4 | Born: 8/21/87
Key Stats - PPG: 21.1 | APG: 1.5 | RPG: 8.5

Bio: Bonner has a unique skillset. 6-4 but lanky, she's listed by Auburn as a guard but will likely play small forward in the WNBA. Bonner can shoot the three and rebounds like a post. Her versatile game earned Bonner SEC Player of the Year honors and a spot on ESPN's All-American Team.
Coach Agler says … "Real athletic wing player. Runs the floor well. Versatile. Great size and length for a perimeter player."
Sheehy's WNBA comparison: "Bonner is such a unique physical specimen it is difficult to find a comparison in the WNBA to align with her various physical gifts and her playing ability. She could be Iziane Castro Marques in Plenette Pierson’s body."

SHAVONTE ZELLOUS
From: Pittsburgh | Height: 5-10 | Born: 8/28/86
Key Stats - PPG: 22.6 | APG: 2.9 | RPG: 5.7

Bio: Lightly recruited out of Orlando, Zellous has led Pitt's resurgence and emerged as a sure first-round pick. A terrific leaper, Zellous has a scorer's mentality. She scored 55 points in two Pitt wins at the Seattle subregional.
Coach Agler says … "Probably as good an athlete as there is in the draft. Has three-point ability. Gets to the free-throw line a lot - that's probably one of her strengths."
Sheehy's WNBA comparison: A much more athletic version of Betty Lennox.

TAKIA STARKS
From: Texas A&M | Height: 5-8 | Born: 1/16/86
Key Stats - PPG: 15.8 | APG: 1.5 | RPG: 4.3

Bio: A fierce competitor and streaky shooter, Starks recently became Texas A&M's all-time leading scorers and was an All-Big 12 First Team pick. Starks is cousins with former long-time NBA guard John Starks and plays the game in a similar fashion.
Coach Agler says … "Good offensive player. Streaky offensive player. When she plays well, Texas A&M usually has a good chance to win. Very good one-on-one type of player. A lot like Betty Lennox."
Sheehy's WNBA comparison: Armintie Price.

ABBY WANER
From: Duke | Height: 5-10 | Born: 10/31/86
Key Stats - PPG: 9.7 | APG: 3.5 | RPG: 3.1

Bio: The National High School Player of the Year in her native Colorado, Waner's best year was her sophomore campaign, when she led Duke in scoring and was an All-ACC Second Team pick. Waner finished her career as the Blue Devils' all-time leader in three-pointers.
Coach Agler says … "Abby's got a good floor game, sees the floor well, has great range on the three-point shot, good size for the two guard. I think in the future, if she could play the point in the WNBA, it would really help her."
Sheehy's WNBA comparison: Anna DeForge.

JHASMIN PLAYER
From: Baylor | Height: 5-10 | Born: 8/3/87
Key Stats - PPG: 10.7 | APG: 2.1 | RPG: 5.6

Bio: Returning from a torn ACL that ended her junior season prematurely, Player led Baylor in minutes per game as a senior, contributing with her scoring, rebounding and assists. Player has good size for the guard position and was part of the All-Big 12 Tournament Team as the Bears emerged victorious.
Coach Agler says … "She's somebody that's really come on here of late. I think one reason Baylor's got hot here lately is how she's played in the Big 12 Tournament. She's getting healthy coming off a knee injury. Very good offensive player from the three-point line and in."
Sheehy's WNBA comparison: Amber Holt.

OTHER SHOOTING GUARD PROSPECTS
Krystal Ellis, Marquette - All-time leading scorer in school history despite injury-plagued senior year.
Porchia Green, Ball State - Do-it-all guard led the Cardinals' upset of Tennessee with 23 points and eight boards.
Sade Logan, Robert Morris - Northeast Conference Player of the Year as a junior, when she tied the NCAA record with 126 threes. Mandy Morales, Montana - Arizona State transfer was two-time Big West Most Valuable Player.
Morgan Warburton, Utah - Mountain West Conference Player of the Year and a deadeye shooter (90.4 percent from line as a senior).