Tom FitzGerald of the San Francisco Chronicle relayed some draft analysis of Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike from ESPN's Kara Lawson in advance of the Final Four.
For a post player like Ogwumike, Lawson said, one of the biggest challenges in adjusting to pro ball will be on defense – handling ball screens, deciding when to switch and doing it quickly, especially in late-game situations.
Because of her length and agility, Lawson said, "Chiney is uniquely qualified to be an amazing defensive post player. She rebounds at a high rate — that’s one skill that almost always translates (to the pro game). Her offensive game has improved. If she continues to improve her shooting, she’ll be an all-star."
Although it's hard to quantify Ogwumike's defensive contributions, her contributions to Stanford aren't limited to that side of the ball: she accounts for more than a third of the team's overall statistical production, including an extremely impressive 15.64% offensive rebounding rate.
Unfortunately, Ogwumike apparently didn't do enough to win the AP's Player of the Year award - she came in a somewhat distant second to UConn's Breanna Stewart - there's no question about her being the top pick in this year's WNBA draft.