CHICAGO -- Tiffany Adkins of Memphis, Tulane's Janell Burse, Houston's ShaRonda Lasseter and Charlotte's Tonya Phifer participated in the WNBA's Pre-Draft Camp held at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, April 5-7. The two-day camp featured 89 of the nation's top college seniors as well as a talented selection of International players. The camp allowed coaches and general managers the opportunity to evaluate the skills of prospective players for the annual WNBA Draft. The four-round draft will be broadcast live beginning at 11:30 a.m. EDT on ESPN 2 Friday, April 20 from the NBA Entertainment studios in Secacus, New Jersey.
Adkins, a two-year starter for Memphis, becomes the third Tiger player to be invited to the camp, with Tamika Whitmore and LaTonya Johnson receiving invitations in 1999 and 1998, respectively. Ranked fourth in C-USA in scoring, Adkins averaged 17.9 points this season. The Newbern, Tenn. native transferred from Ole Miss and made an immediate impact on the squad, averaging 15.1 points in her first season in a Tiger uniform. Adkins was named to the Conference USA third team during the 1999-00 season and was a first team all-conference selection this past year.
Burse, a three-time All-Conference USA selection, finished her career at Tulane with 1,625 career points (8th in C-USA) and 871 rebounds (5th in C-USA). After averaging a double-double this past season (18.8 points and 10.7 rebounds), Burse earned All-America honors by the Women's Basketball News Service. She was named Conference USA's Defensive Player of Year for the third consecutive season after leading the league in block shots with 66 for the season and is C-USA's all-time leader in blocks with 248.
Lasseter led the Cougars to their first winning season since 1992 with a 19-12 record. The 6-3 forward/center averaged 10.3 points and 5.1 rebounds on the year. She closed out her career ranked among the school's all-time leaders in shooting percentage (.537, tied 5th), rebounds (718, 5th) and blocked shots (97, 4th).
Phifer, a Charlotte, N.C. native, completed her collegiate career ranked in the top10 in three of Conference USA's statistical categories. She finished 10th in scoring (1,488), ninth in assists (343) and seventh in steals (209). Phifer earned first team all-conference honors this past season after finishing sixth in the league in scoring, averaging 17.2 points. Phifer is the second Charlotte player to receive an invitation to the camp, as Jameka Jones attended last year and will begin her second season with the Miami Sol this summer.