DISCLAIMER Part I: This list is simply a comparison of game types, not skill levels and abilities.
DISCLAIMER Part II: This list is intended to be fun and good-natured. If you get offended, we’re #sorrynotsorry
• Hillary Chvatal (MSU) – Marc Gasol: Post players can often get lost in the shuffle of the run-and-gun Courts style, but Chvatal establishes her presence in any game. It’s hard to judge defense, but the Lady Bears sophomore shows soft hands, a nice touch around the basket, a steady mid-range jumper and runs the floor on offense. She holds her own against anyone in the post. Chvatal was an accomplished rebounder in high school and it’s easy to see why.
• Mikala McGhee (MSU) – Kawhi Leonard: Relentless energy on the offensive end, McGhee was crashing the glass on Wednesday and going after every rebound like it belonged to her. She wasn’t hesitant to drive and look to draw contact. McGhee’s all-around athleticism, she was a three-sport star (softball, soccer) in high school, shows on the basketball court. If McGhee develops in her sophomore season like Leonard did for the Spurs, MSU fans will be thrilled.
• Kenzie Williams (MSU) – Paul George: Smooth and versatile. Williams can do just about anything on the court and play/guard multiple positions. She’s a knock-down shooter from deep, but has the size and skill to make an impact near the basket as well. MSU might have something going with this sophomore class.
• Bethanie Funderburk (Drury) – Paul Pierce: You look at her in pregame warmups and think she’s too frail to be a scorer, but everything changes once the game gets going. Similar to Pierce, Funderburk has a bit of an “old-man game” flavor to her. She’s a creative scorer, gets to the free throw line, and can reel off a string of points in a hurry.
• Tee Singleton (Missouri Southern State) – Ty Lawson: A blur when she gets into the open court. Singleton is always looking to push the pace. A turnover or loose ball can quickly turn into a layup on the other end. The senior-to-be helped the Lady Lions hammer a six-player Drury team on Wednesday. The JUCO transfer led MSSU in assists her first season at the school.
• Emily Akins (Evangel) – James Harden: Akins quietly does her thing on the court, and when the game’s over, she’s filled up the stat sheet. Last season, she was in the top 3 on the team in most statistical categories: points, rebounds, steals, assists and shooting percentage. She’s great at drawing fouls and getting to the free throw line, where she’s basically automatic.
• Jeana Raper (College of the Ozarks) – Danny Green: The “3 and D player” is the hot new term in the NBA, given to perimeter players that can stretch defenses with their shooting on offense then play good defense on the other end. There’s always room for a shooter on any team, and Raper can go off in a hurry (just ask Branson and Ozark). C of O is coming off a 30-5 season, so playing time won’t be a given, but if Raper can show she can shoot and defend, she should see the court for the Lady Bobcats.
• Toshua Leavitt (Nixa) – Steph Curry: You have to remind yourself that the rising junior is going up against players 2-6 years older than herself. She didn’t get much of a chance to show it in her first game Wednesday, but for those who watch high school ball, Leavitt is one of the best ball handlers in the area and a deadly shooter. Her range knows no limits.