2010 Small Forward Prospects
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 small forwards.
Key Stats - PPG: 28.3 | RPG: 11.6 | APG: 3.4
Bio: Clark has put together some eye-popping numbers for a team that has produced a pair of WNBA picks in the past three years. The nation's leading scorer, Clark shot 61.4% from the field and also ranked among the country's leading rebounders. She also averaged an impressive 3.4 assists per game, but will need to develop her ballhandling and perimeter shooting as a pro. Clark had a great run in the Sun Belt Tournament, scoring an amazing 132 points in three games, including 48 and the game-winning bucket in the championship game.
Coach Agler says … "An undersized post player; she'll have to convert to the three. A scorer's mentality, runs the floor extremely well, finishes around the basket, gets to the free throw line, has decent three-point range."
WNBA comparison: "Similar to Amber Holt coming out of college."
Key Stats - PPG: 19.8 | RPG: 7.2 | APG: 3.1
Bio: Despite tearing her ACL during a Feb. 4 Jayhawks practice, McCray is still a top prospect entering the WNBA Draft. She will miss the entire 2010 WNBA season but should be able to return at full health for 2011. Before the injury, McCray was second in the Big 12 in scoring. She has the skills to play either wing position and is an excellent three-point shooter, making 41.7% from beyond the arc.
Coach Agler says … "I anticipate her being taken in the first round or early second. Excellent three-point shooter, strong body, good off the dribble. Hard worker."
WNBA comparison: "Game-wise, she and Monica Wright are both similar to Katie Smith, but will they play with that kind of intensity and competitiveness? That's what makes Katie so good."
Key Stats - PPG: 15.1 | RPG: 5.4 | APG: 3.6
Bio: Smith saw her college career, which began at the University of Arkansas and included a year at the JC level before she became an Aggie, come to an end at the University of Washington's Bank of America Arena last week at the hands of Gonzaga. A multitalented athletic wing, Smith ranked second on the team in scoring, rebounding and assists.
Coach Agler says … "She's somebody who's sort of elevated her stock through the Big 12 Tournament and NCAA Tournament. Excellent jumpshooter - extremely good mid-range jumpshooter. Obviously, coming from Texas A&M, she's going to be a really solid defender and take pride in that."
WNBA comparison: "Deanna Nolan."
OTHER SMALL FORWARD PROSPECTS
Joy Cheek, Duke - Physical player with ability to play on the perimeter. Daughter of an NFL referee.
Tegan Cunningham, Oklahoma State - Aussie was second-leading scorer after Andrea Riley and leading rebounder for Cowgirls; good three-point shooter.
Rachelle Fitz, Marist - Three-time MAAC Player of the Year and her school's all-time leading scorer and rebounder.
Vivian Frieson, Gonzaga - Had combined 39 points and 22 rebounds in Zags' two wins in Seattle to reach the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history.
Lindsay Schrader, Notre Dame - Effective posting up smaller defenders; shot 54.0% from the field and led the Fighting Irish in rebounding.