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Wing commanders

Talk about talent.

This quintet includes the nation's leading scorer last season, two of the best players in the SEC, the best player in the Pac-10 and one of the top athletes in the Big Ten.

A look at the nation's top five wings -- those who make that pull-up jumper seem easy and slash to the hoop better than just about anybody else (listed alphabetically, with last season's stats):

Chandi Jones, Houston, 5-10, senior
"Great clutch player who has WNBA game. Good size, versatility. Gets to foul line." -- Nancy Lieberman
"Quick, constantly active, versatile, consistent. Will hopefully get a trip to the NCAA Tournament." -- Mechelle Voepel

Nicole Powell, Stanford, 6-2, senior
"Will be one of the top three picks in April's WNBA draft. Extremely versatile but best at the 3/4, where she uses her strength and speed to power by people." -- Nancy Lieberman
"Has great instincts and has carried such a big load for Stanford. Most underrated talent is her rebounding." -- Mechelle Voepel

Tan White, Mississippi State, 5-7, junior
"Everyone is ready to hand the reins to Augustus in the SEC, but White is the real deal, too." -- Nancy Lieberman
"This is her team now, and she's certainly got the game and confidence to be a go-to player in the SEC, which says a lot." -- Mechelle Voepel

Shereka Wright, Purdue, 5-10, senior
"Long and lanky go-to player who can run the floor; has worked hard at being able to shoot over people." -- Nancy Lieberman
"Great slasher and can turn 'garbage' into gold; she's very opportunistic." -- Mechelle Voepel

Honorable mention: Kim Smith, Utah

ESPN analyst Nancy Lieberman, ESPN.com columnist Mechelle Voepel and Melanie Jackson, who coordinates ESPN.com's women's basketball coverage, contributed to the selection process.