The WNBA Draft takes place on April 17th. And there are a lot of good players to choose from this year. Everybody knows about the guards and forwards that are projected to be drafted. So I am taking the time to highlight some of the top centers available this year.
Brittany Brewer: Texas Tech 6-5
Brewer averaged 16.6 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per game as a Senior for Texas Tech. She shot 52% from the field and 34% from behind the arc.
Brewer has some post skills and can shoot from the outside. But she must improve to be consistent stretch five on the WNBA level. She is agile and can jump for her size. Brewer can also block shots well without fouling and is an impressive rebounder. Brewer averaged 3.7 offensive rebounds per game taking advantage of extra opportunities. Brewer can be an excellent pick for a team in the 2nd or 3rd round.
Abi Scheid: Northwestern 6-2
Scheid can flat out shoot the basketball. She shot 47% from three last season at Northwestern. Schied also averaged 11.5 points,4.7 rebounds per game and shot 49% from the field.
Scheid will be a player that can space the floor for whichever team drafts her. She will be a definite stretch five and a big critical factor as she brings her leadership to an organization. It would be nice if Scheid could develop a post-game to play off her shooting. It could make her more than just a shooter as she can learn to attack bigs with strong moves under the basket.
Kayla Cooper-Williams: James Madison 6-2
If you are looking for a defensive center, Cooper-Williams is your woman. She averaged 3.0 blocks per game a senior and 2.6 for her career at James Madison. Offensively, she averaged 6.3 points per game and 9.3 rebounds. Cooper-Williams is the James Madison record holder with 281 total blocks in her time there.
Along with her shot-blocking skills, Cooper-Williams is an outstanding rebounder as well. The former James Madison player would provide good value as a 3rd round pick for a team looking for a great rim protector and rebounder.
There are many teams this season who are in need of a solid Center who can be dominant under the rim. With these women’s strong IQ for the game, they can potentially take the league by storm and follow in the footsteps of all the strong centers in the league that came before them.