Recently I was asked my thoughts on Oklahoma’s Aaryn Ellenberg and where I thought she may fall in the 2014 WNBA Draft.
Let’s take a look!
Admittedly, I have not watched and studied Aaryn as much as I would have when I was coaching in the WNBA and preparing for the draft. What I have noticed is this: Ellenberg can flat out shoot and put points on the board. Where her development has seen the
greatest rise is her understanding of the game when she doesn’t have the ball in her hands. I also think that her defense has improved. Where I think the questions come as it pertains to the draft and where she will be selected is will her skill set transfer to the WNBA, does she have the size and strength to do what she does against the world’s best women’s basketball players at the professional level. Undoubtedly, she will be drafted. I have her projected in the 15-19 range in the second round and the 8th best overall guard.
Let’s look at her career:
An All-Big 12 First Team selection each of last three seasons. Finished career ranked No. 2 at Oklahoma, No. 8 in Big 12 in career points. Also Sooners’ career and single-season record-holder for 3FGs made. 2013-14: Unanimous All-Big 12 pick after leading conference in made 3s per game and ranking No. 2 in scoring. Teamed with fellow draft prospect Nicole Griffin and others to makee OU only the second Big 12 team in history with four 1,000-point scorers in the lineup at one time (K-State, 2003-04, including future WNBA players Laurie Koehn, Nicole Ohlde, Kendra Wecker). 2012-13: All-America Hon. Mention (AP), All-Big 12, team MVP after leading OU in scoring (4th in conf.), 3PFG%, and steals while topping her own Sooner-record with 115 threes. 2010-11: Big 12 All-Freshman Team and All-Big 12 Hon. Mention. PREP: Won state title in 2007, ’08, and ‘10).
Thanks for your question!
In case anyone missed the WNBA Draft Podcast on hoopfeed.com… here it is: