2011 WNBA Draft - Point Guards
Kevin Pelton, StormBasketball.com | March 28, 2011
StormBasketball.com is taking a look at the top prospects for the April 11 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 start with the playmakers.
From: Oklahoma | Height: 5-9 | Born: N/A
Key Stats - PPG: 18.3 | APG: 5.1 | RPG: 3.7
Bio: The floor leader for some of the Sooners' most successful teams in school history, Robinson played in the Final Four twice, including last year's surprising run following the departure of the Paris sisters. Equally dangerous as a scorer and a passer as well as a capable defender with size, Robinson finished her career ranked in the Big 12's top 10 in scoring, assists and steals.
Coach Agler says … "She's more of a finish at the rim, pull-up jump shooter then she is a three-point shooter."
WNBA comparison: "She's sort of a smaller version of Izi speed-wise, but plays the point. In terms of athleticism, she's like Izi (Castro Marques) with her speed."
From: Duke | Height: 5-9 | Born: 9/30/89
Key Stats - PPG: 15.0 | APG: 3.4 | RPG: 3.8
Bio: The ACC's Scholar Athlete of the Year, Thomas has a history of saving her best performances as a scorer for the biggest games. She has scored double figures in 26 of her last 27 games against ranked opponents. None of those games will be bigger than Tuesday's matchup with Connecticut with a spot in the Final Four on the line.
Coach Agler says … "Jasmine is probably as good an all-around guard as there is in the draft. I think that she can be a quality player in our league. At what level I don't know."
WNBA comparison: "Probably a little like Monica Wright that way."
From: Gonzaga | Height: 5-8 | Born: N/A
Key Stats - PPG: 19.6 | APG: 10.2 | RPG: 3.7
Bio: The best player in Gonzaga history, Vandersloot has developed into one of the top passers the NCAA has ever seen as well as a scoring threat in her own right. During the Zags' run to the Elite Eight, the Kent native became both the all-time single-season assist leader as well as the first player in NCAA history - male or female - with 2,000 career points and 1,000 career assists.
Coach Agler says … "Obviously, she's playing extremely well right now."
WNBA comparison: "I think she's got a very similar skill set to Sue Bird. Does she have the potential to be a Sue Bird? I think she does, but why Sue is so great is her poise and her composure and those things.."
From: North Carolina | Height: 5-6 | Born: 12/5/88
Key Stats - PPG: 7.9 | APG: 4.8 | RPG: 3.0
Bio: A pure point guard who took a backseat as a scorer to the Tar Heels' other veterans, DeGraffenreid led the ACC in both assists per game and assist-to-turnover ratio this season. A starter from day one, DeGraffenreid played in all 139 games in her North Carolina career.
Coach Agler says … "I think she's a solid player. It's hard to gauge where she'll be drafted."
WNBA comparison: "Probably Ivory Latta would be a good comparison."
From: James Madison | Height: 5-7 | Born: N/A
Key Stats - PPG: 23.1 | APG: 4.5 | RPG: 3.5
Bio: As one of the nation's leading scorers, Evans led James Madison to the Colonial title and the NCAA Tournament. She broke the record set by Tamera Young to become JMU's all-time leading scorer and was third in the nation in points per game this season. Alongside more capable teammates in the WNBA, Evans figures to play a different style.
Coach Agler says … "Dawn is extremely talented. Not real big. More of a two guard."
WNBA comparison: "Probably similar to a Betty Lennox."
OTHER POINT GUARD PROSPECTS
Sydney Colson, Texas A&M - An excellent ballhawk who averaged 2.3 steals per game in just 25 minutes per night.
Courtney Ward, Florida State - Dangerous outside shooter knocked down 40.4 percent of her three-point attempts as a senior.