Friday, March 19, 2010

Hampton's 09 Numbers

Floor %: 43%
efG %: 43%
TS %: 45%
Usage %: 33.76%
WinVAL: 3.20
BoxScores: 2.49
DefReb %: 11%
OffReb %: 4%
Stop %: 16.77
Off Rtg: 77.44
Net Pts: 5.35
Indiv Rtg: 70.44
Adjusted Rtg: 44.45
Team RPI: 0.6310

So in just over half the number of minutes for the season as played by Ashley Walker, Hampton was able to secure 11% of the total available defensive rebounds compared to Walker's 14%. Walker however was an excellent rebounder at both ends, also securing 11% of the available offensive rebounds. They had virtually the same number of rebounds per 40 minutes played based on Hampton's excellent defensive rebounding. Overall Hampton came up from a numbers perspective as a defensive rebounding specialist while Walker was much more well rounded and versatile. At 6'3" Hampton's potential value to the Storm will really be based on how successful she has rehabbed those knees. If she can offer more offense than she did her last year at Cal then her size and defensive rebounding could be quite valuable. If she can't contribute on the offensive end then I suspect A-Rob is the better option.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Storm Sign Devanei Hampton

On a quiet St. Paddy's day the Storm signed Ashley Walker's former front court mate, Devanei Hampton. Hampton ranked 8th overall on my Center's for her senior season behind WNBA players Courtney Paris, Ashley Walker, Chante Black and Kia Vaughn. She is a strong rebounder who played a lot of minutes for Cal last year. Earlier in her career she was considered a fantastic prospect with rumors of a less than stellar work ethic. Unfortunately injuries really slowed down her progress and Walker was clearly the best player on that Cal team.

In my opinion she is a great training camp invitation but is unlikely to be a serious contender for a roster spot unless the Storm find themselves short in the post. She is bigger, stronger and more offensively skilled than Ashley Robinson but lacks the defense, athleticism and length that has kept A-Rob on the Storm roster the past few years. If Janel Burse returns she is still the superior player and both Little and Walker are stronger as well. If she is able to play at a higher level than she did last season she could prove a viable option over Robinson.

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Jackson Wins

Jayda shares the good news...

On a side note, it was rather disappointing to hear this week that Baylor's freshman phenom, Brittney Griner over reacted to some very rough post play by throwing a punch and breaking the nose of an opposing player.

Griner has been played very physical all season long without losing her cool, but her temper broke free after being thrown in a tie up. She has been suspended for the last game of the season by the NCAA and her coach suspended her from the first game of tournament play. That could mean the end of Baylor's season. Hopefully she learns the right lesson from the experience and matures over her next three years of college play. Her skills, size and athleticism will mean a lot to the game but should not come at the cost of the other values of the game.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

NCAA Senior Watch: Week 13

Taylor LillyOregon#1last week
Courtney PilypaitasVermont#4 last week
Ashley HoutsGeorgiaNR last week
Laiken DollentePortland#3 last week
Tasha Harris
Boise State
#2 last week

Kalana GreeneConnecticut#1 last week
Ashley BarlowNotre Dame#2 last week
Alison LaceyIowa State#3 last week
Monica WrightVirginia#5 last week
Allison HightowerLSUNR last week

Alysha ClarkMiddle Tennessee#1 last week
Amanda ThompsonOklahoma#3 last week
Nyeshia StevensonOklahoma#5 last week
Shanara HollinquestChattanooga#2 last week
Lindsay SchraderNotre Dame#4 last week


Kelsey GriffinNebraska#1 last week
Jenna SmithIllinois#5 last week
Siarre EvansEast Tennessee State#4 last week
Shanavia DowdellLouisiana Tech#3 last week
Gabriella MargineaDrexelNR last week

Lindsay Schrader from Notre Dame would have been 5th on this list were I tracking her at PF which is the position she appears to actually play at Notre Dame.

Jayne AppelStanford#2 last week
Tina CharlesConnecticut#1 last week
Keke CarrierAuburn#3 last week
Alyssa DeHaanMichigan State#4 last week
Angel RobinsonGeorgia#5 last week

I don't have the answer yet as to what happened here. Charles had one poor offensive game against Syracuse, but it appears that it was her BoxScore that dropped this week. With these two players so close in total score that was enough to have her slip under Appel for only the second time this season. Interestingly she still tops Appel on my overall list because my center ratings weight shooting lower than my overall ratings do.