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2010 Power Forward Prospects

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Kevin Pelton, stormbasketball.com | March 31, 2010
Stormbasketball.com is taking a look at the top prospects for the April 8 WNBA Draft on a position-by-position basis. For the top players on the board, Storm Head Coach Brian Agler offers his insider take as well as a comparison to a current WNBA player. Today we continue with power forwards.

KELSEY GRIFFIN
From: Nebraska | Height: 6-2 | Born: 7/2/87
Key Stats - PPG: 20.3 | RPG: 10.4 | APG: 1.9

Bio: After battling injuries, most notably a foot injury that forced her to redshirt the 2008-09 season, Griffin had a healthy and dominant senior year, leading Nebraska to an undefeated regular season and winning Player of the Year honors in a loaded Big 12 conference. Griffin is a polished player who has been effective both in the post and on the perimeter.
Coach Agler says "Great competitor. Has a great feel for the game. Extremely versatile post player. I just think she has great instincts - she gets her hands on a lot of basketballs, whether it's a rebound or a tip to a teammate. Can handle the ball in the open floor, has three-point range, plays well with her back to the basket"
WNBA comparison: "She reminds me a little bit of a smaller version of Lauren Jackson."

JACINTA MONROE
From: Florida State | Height: 6-5 | Born: 9/4/88
Key Stats - PPG: 13.2 | RPG: 7.3 | APG: 0.9

Bio: An All-ACC First Team selection and All-Defensive First Teamer, Monroe's length makes her dangerous as a shot blocker. She averaged more than two blocks per game as a senior and ranks among the ACC's top 10 all-time shot blockers. At 6-5, Monroe has the height to play center in the WNBA, but her frame and face-up game suggest she is more likely to end up as a four.
Coach Agler says "I think she's somebody who has helped herself here of late, helped herself this season. Good hands. Finishes well around the basket. Quick defensively, quick in transition."
WNBA comparison: "She's a little bit like DeWanna Bonner frame-wise and runs the floor like her, but she's more of a post player; Bonner's more of a face-up player, though Monroe can hit the midrange jump shot."

AMANDA THOMPSON
From: Oklahoma | Height: 6-1 | Born: 5/11/88
Key Stats - PPG: 13.1 | RPG: 10.6 | APG: 2.6

Bio: A role player who complemented the Paris twins, Thompson has moved back to her natural four position and stepped into more of a featured role as a senior to help lead Oklahoma back to the Final Four. Thompson ranked fourth among major-conference players in rebounding and plays bigger than her size, but also has experience playing on the wing and is a quality ballhandler with a developing outside shot.
Coach Agler says "Physically strong, great competitor, hard worker. She's a little bit of an undersized four player, but has great instincts. Physically strong, finishes around the basket, good team player. Excellent rebounder."
WNBA comparison: "Camille Little."

OTHER POWER FORWARD PROSPECTS

Heather Bowman, Gonzaga - West Coast Conference Player of the Year as a sophomore, she finished her career as the Zags' all-time leading scorer. An undersized center in college, she has enough skill to play the four as a pro.
Shanavia Dowdell, Louisiana Tech - Named WAC's Player of the Year as both a junior and a senior. She finished her career as the conference's all-time leading rebounder and ranked third in the country with 12.4 per game this season.
Gabriela Marginean, Drexel - Romanian native ranked in the country's top 10 in scoring and free throw percentage. She was the Colonial Player of the Year as a junior and was Honorable Mention Associated Press All-American this season.
Nicole Michael, Syracuse - Led team in scoring and rebounding in earning First Team All-Big East honors despite playing just 25.7 minutes per game; averaged 22.3 points and 12.1 rebounds per 40 minutes. Has three-point range.