Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Pro future on hoizon for JMU's Evans, Richmond's Shells

There's lots of basketball to be played between now and then, but looking ahead to April 2011, one website predicts James Madison's Dawn Evans to be a first-round WNBA pick. According to, the 5-7 point guard will be selected No. 8 overall, going to to the Minnesota Lynx.

Evans, a rising senior guard, last season averaged 24.6 points and 4.6 assists a game.  She was among the candidates for the three major national player of the year awards -- the Wade Trophy, Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy.

She has set numerous school records, including single-game points (38), career 30-point games (17), season points (761), season free throws (177) and season three-pointers (112).

The lone other player from a state school represented in the mock draft: Richmond's Brittani Shells, slated to go in the third round, 28th overall, to Phoenix.Shells led the Atlantic 10 in scoring last year and started all 33 games. correctly predicted 27 of the 36 players selected in the 2010 WNBA draft.  Five of those predictions were exact matches with players and round selected. Nine of 12 first-round picks were predicted correctly. Check out the complete mock draft.

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