During yesterday's visit to ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut, the projected top three prospects for the 2013 WNBA Draft discussed what they plan to work on in their senior years and the qualities they believe they all share.
It's already widely assumed that Baylor's Brittney Griner, Delaware's Elena Delle Donne, and Notre Dame's Skylar Diggins will be the top three picks in the 2013 WNBA Draft and very likely in that above order.
But that doesn't mean they aren't looking to improve their games - when asked what they need to work on during an interview on ESPN's court, the three actually identified areas of improvement that many fans and media might identify as well.
6'5" Delle Donne is looking to work on her ability to defend quicker guards. Diggins is looking to work on "the physical nature" of the game in preparation for facing bigger and stronger guards at the next level. And Griner wants to work on offensive rebounding, which is something that she's surprisingly pedestrian at compared to past draft prospects despite her 6-foot-8 stature.
When pressed with how a player her size could improve anything to do with rebounding, Griner responded that it has been a challenge from Baylor Lady Bears coach Kim Mulkey and the numbers certainly back that up. For perspective, Griner's total rebounding rate - the percentage of available rebounds Griner gets - was only 4th on her own team last season and her offensive rebounding rate from last season (about 12%) was only marginally better than 2012 center prospect Sasha Goodlett and marginally lower than that of third round pick Lynetta Kizer. That isn't necessarily a concern as either a college senior or draft prospect - and it's actually an improvement over past years - but it's not exactly what you might first assume from someone who appears so dominant in the paint.
If Griner - or any of the "Big Three" - make the improvements they mentioned to ESPN, their current and future teams could benefit greatly.