2011 WNBA Draft - Small Forwards
Kevin Pelton, StormBasketball.com | April 1, 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 continue with small forwards.
From: Connecticut | Height: 6-0 | Born: 6/11/89
Key Stats - PPG: 22.5 | RPG: 8.2 | APG: 4.0
Bio: One of the most decorated players in the history of women's NCAA basketball, Moore was the consensus National Player of the Year after her sophomore season and figures to earn the same accolades this season. She has a chance to win three straight State Farm Wade Trophies as the best player in the country, and also enters the Final Four hoping to lead Connecticut to a third consecutive championship. There is zero question that the Minnesota Lynx will make Moore the top overall pick on April 11.
Coach Agler says … "A great talent. Extremely good person. The best player in the draft."
WNBA comparison: "People will be comparing other players to her. That's probably how that will play out."
From: Stanford | Height: 6-4 | Born: 4/14/89
Key Stats - PPG: 12.8 | RPG: 7.9 | APG: 3.5
Bio: There is nothing on the floor that Pedersen cannot do. Despite the size of a post player, she's got the skills of a wing and is a capable ballhandler. An ideal role player, Pedersen did whatever Stanford needed during a four-year career that resulted in as many trips to the Final Four. Individually, Pedersen was recognized as the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in 2007-08.
Coach Agler says … "Big wing player. Very versatile. Had to play the three spot, but really a four player. Handles the ball well. Sees the floor."
WNBA comparison: "I don't know if there's a player in our league like her. She's got really good size, sort of like Jana. Can play facing the basket but also with her back to the basket."
From: Arkansas-Little Rock | Height: 6-1 | Born: 3/28/89
Key Stats - PPG: 19.6 | RPG: 6.2 | APG: 3.5
Bio: Despite playing far away from the women's basketball spotlight, Reed was able to draw the attention of scouts with her play. The Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year as a senior, Reed was even more prolific during her junior season, when she ranked fourth in the country by averaging 24.1 points per game. She led Arkansas-Little Rock to its first two NCAA Tournament appearances in school history.
Coach Agler says … "Real good athlete. Midrange jump shooter. Trying to extend her game a little bit to the three-point line. Hasn't quite done that yet. Plays hard. Good defender."
WNBA comparison: "I don't have one for her."
From: Iowa State | Height: 6-1 | Born: 8/5/88
Key Stats - PPG: 16.2 | RPG: 3.1 | APG: 2.6
Bio: As you might expect from a team that annually shoots the longball better than just about anyone else in the country, Bolte is a shooter par excellence. She shot 42.1 percent from beyond the arc as a senior, ranking 15th in the country. More than just a shooting specialist, Bolte also led the Cyclones in scoring.
Coach Agler says … "Good shooter. Big, strong body."
WNBA comparison: "Probably similar to Sidney Spencer."
From: Georgia Tech | Height: 6-1 | Born: 11/12/88
Key Stats - PPG: 13.9 | RPG: 8.6 | APG: 2.3
Bio: A Tacoma native who made the cross-country trek for college in large part because her mother lives in Atlanta, Montgomery developed into a star despite suffering a torn ACL late in her sophomore season. Montgomery was the ACC's Sixth Player of the Year in 2009-10 and was even better as during her senior year, leading the Yellow Jackets in scoring and rebounding and ranking second in assists and steals.
Coach Agler says … "Big, strong body. Physical wing player. Very good defender. She's really somebody that competes hard."
WNBA comparison: "I don't know if we have anybody in the league like her."
OTHER SMALL FORWARD PROSPECTS
Emily Carter, TCU - Averaged 17.8 points per game to lead the Horned Frogs as a senior.
Karima Christmas, Duke - Role player who excelled on the glass, averaging 6.3 rebounds per game in 26.3 minutes a night.
Kalisha Keane, Michigan State - Canadian shooter made big strides as a senior, winning Big Ten Player of the Year.
Lauren Prochaska, Bowling Green - Best player in school history was MAC Player of the Year as both a sophomore and a junior.
Brittany Spears, Colorado - Buffaloes' all-time leading scorer, having started every game of her career. No relation to the singer.