Stephanie Mavunga– Draft Profile
By Matt Hallett
Stephanie Mavunga is a 6’3” forward out of Ohio State University. Known as a hard worker, Mavunga made the First Team All-Big Ten as well as the Big-Ten All-Tournament Team this year.
Mavunga, works hard in the post was the second leading rebounder in the Big Ten conference with 10.6 per game. This included 4.3 offensive rebounds per game. This helped her average 16.2 points per game, shooting at the incredible rate of 61.8 percent from the field.
On the other side of the ball, Mavunga averaged 2.4 blocks per game and 1.1 steals per game. With these numbers, Mavunga was able to lead her team to win the Big Ten Tournament Championship. This helped Ohio State to the third seed in the Division I NCAA tournament.
Mavunga knew how to put complete games together as she collected 14 double-doubles in 30 games. At 6’3” she is not going to be outsized at the next level but the question is going to be her ability to mix it with top-tier forwards and centers.
Mavunga has been touted as a late first-round pick. Even though Azura Stevens nominating for the draft shook the order up, it should not impact when Mavunga is taken.
The Los Angeles Sparks are in need of a backup center and Mavunga fits the bill. The Sparks lost the finals last season because they were out-rebounded by the Minnesota Lynx. Mavunga has the potential and the work ethic to change this up next season if the two teams battle it out again for the championship.
If the Sparks pass on Mavunga, she is very likely to be taken by the Phoenix Mercury who traded away Cayla George, their backup center from last season.
One thing is for sure, whoever gets Mavunga in this seasons WNBA draft, they will have a hard-working post player who will give all for her team.
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