Women's Basketball Prospects

Tamika Catchings  -  Catchings was one of the first seven members named to the 2004 USA Women's National Team.

An All-American at the University of Tennessee , Catchings was forced to sit out the 2001 WNBA season, her rookie campaign, due to an ankle injury. She was selected third overall by the Indiana Fever in the 2001 WNBA Draft. Catchings has plenty of international experience, winning three gold medals and one silver on prior USA Basketball squads.

After averaging a USA third-best 10.0 points-per-game, en route to helping the U.S. to the gold medal at the 2002 FIBA World Championships, Catchings became the first American to claim gold at both the junior and senior level. She won numerous honors at the collegiate level including the 2000 Naismith Associated Press Player of the Year award.

Catchings is heavily involved in the community, twice being honored by the WNBA with the Community Assist Award. She hosts "Catch the Fever", a huge holiday basketball camp which involves close to 100 kids, as well as "Catch the Fitness", a clinic in November 2002. Her father, Harvey Catchings, played 11 seasons in the NBA for the Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks, New Jersey Nets and Philadelphia 76ers.

Dawn Staley - A fixture on USA Basketball teams dating back to the 1989 Junior World Championship, Staley has won as many medals as teammate Lisa Leslie since both have competed on the same teams for the USA .

One of five children, Staley was born in Philadelphia , Pa. , and was chosen to run up the Philadelphia Museum of Arts steps, immortalized in "Rocky," during the 1996 Olympic Torch Relay. The recipient of the 1998 American Red Cross Spectrum Award, which celebrates women who have made outstanding contributions to their communities, Staley has been honored on numerous occasions for her work with inner-city Philadelphia children through the foundation that bears her name, including the 1999 WNBA Entrepreneurial Spirit Award.

Staley, who played her prep career at Dobbins Tech in Philadelphia , began playing basketball with the guys in her North Philly neighborhood as a way to stay out of trouble. During her career at the University of Virginia , Staley led the Cavaliers to three consecutive Final Four appearances (1990-1992).

Diana Taurasi - Taurasi led the University of Connecticut to its third consecutive national title in 2004. The third leading scorer in school history, Taurasi was rewarded by being selected first overall by Phoenix in the 2004 WNBA Draft.

She is the all-time leader in assists (648) and three-point field goals (318) at Connecticut and is the only player, male or female, to register 2,000 points, 600 assists and 600 rebounds. She won numerous awards for her prep career, playing at Don Lugo High School in California . Nicknamed Dee , she graduated from the Storrs , Conn. , campus with a degree in communications science.

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