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Beatrice Mompremier: 6’4, F, Miami
College Stats in 2019-20:
17 games, 16.8 PPG, 9.8 RPG, 1.3 BPG, 1.0 SPG, 52.1 FG%, 30.8 3P%, 70.5 FT%
Where she’ll go:
Mompremier will be a first-round pick, probably. An ankle injury is somewhat worrisome, but talent-wise, she should be a top-10 pick.
Mompremier’s numbers are impressive. Averaging a points-rebound double-double to go along with a block and steal per contest is no joke.
The problem with Mompremier is the foot injury that limited her to just 17 games with Miami last season. With bigs especially, foot injuries can be a tricky thing and there are no guarantees.
Mompremier is extremely athletic and when she was on the floor, her numbers spoke for themselves. The fact that she also shot 31 percent from the 3-point line is promising for her overall development.
Albeit, she had just 13 attempts from the 3-point line so this is an extremely small sample size.
It’s hard to know how things will translate, but the fact that Mompremier had seven games with four or more offensive rebounds is impressive to me.
Mompremier played at Baylor before transferring for more of an opportunity at Miami. She has also spent time with Team USA.
There’s a world in which Mompremier falls in the first round (or even into the second) and two weeks into the season we’re wondering what everyone was thinking letting her fall like that. But there’s also a world in which that foot injury lingers and teams who were weary were also correct.
Of course, basketball fans should all be cheering for the first.
Six seems like it might be too high, and the position-need isn’t clear, for Mompremier to go to the Lynx, but who knows? She’d be a nice piece coming off the bench for Sylvia Fowles and Damiris Dantas, but the Lynx could also use some help at guard. We’ll see what Cheryl Reeve decides to do.