Liberty Draft 2006 – April 2006

Boston: WNBA Draft 2006

If Liberty fans suddenly have a love/hate relationship with the University of Georgia, it’s understandable. At this year’s WNBA draft, New York made Georgia guard Sherrill Baker their first-round pick. A few days later they got the news that veteran forward La’Keshia Frett had decided to retire and pursue an assistant coaching career. Where? Georgia, of course, her alma mater. Fans will have an entire season to decide who got the best of that trade.

Sherrill Baker: Some will say the New York Liberty got a “steal” with their choice because the 5’7″ Baker is known for her thievery on the court. Her 149 steals this season broke both the Georgia and SEC single-season records, and she finished her career with a total of 426 steals. Baker’s extraordinary quickness will bring some needed defensive skill and fast break opportunities to the Liberty. While Baker averaged just under 13 points a game for her career, between her junior and senior year she developed a deadly mid-range jump shot and upped her average to 18.7 ppg her final year. She’ll need to add some three-point range to make herself a truly effective WNBA shooting guard.

Brooke Queenan: With their second pick, the Liberty selected Boston College forward Brooke Queenan. In the Eagle’s first season as a member of the ACC, Queenan averaged close to 15 points and 8 rebounds per game, earning her all-ACC honors. A strong, hard-nosed player, her chances to make the team are good, especially with Frett’s retirement. In a conference known for its physical play, she will have to avoid the foul-bug, but can add some much needed grit to a front line looking for an identity.

Christelle N’Garsanet: Entering the draft needing help in every position, the Liberty used their third pick to select center Christelle N’Garsanet. Missouri’s leading rebounder (8.6) and second leading scorer with 13.1 ppg, the 6’3″ N’garsanet will have to fight for a spot, but the off-season attrition could work in her favor. It’s unclear how her skills, in particular her footwork, will match up against other WNBA posts, but under assistant coach Marianne Stanley’s tutelage this Ivory Coast product could turn into a very useful player off the bench.

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