Forwards in motion

If there's one position among our preseason awards not dominated by seniors, this is it.

Three juniors and a sophomore help comprise the list. Kansas State's Kendra Wecker, one of two repeat selections, is the lone senior who made the cut.

A look at the nation's top five power forwards (listed alphabetically, with 2003-04 stats):

Khara Smith, DePaul, 6-2, junior
"She's great in the half court, can use both hands and is very fundamental. More importantly, she's a great percentage shooter who just doesn't take bad shots." -- Lieberman
"Powerful player who had double-doubles in 21 of 30 games last year and has made DePaul the top team in C-USA this season." -- Voepel

Barb Turner, Connecticut, 6-0, junior
"She can rebound, run the floor, handle the ball and go inside or outside on you. But her best trait might be her competitiveness." -- Lieberman
"Like Wecker, Turner plays bigger than she is. She has a nice shooting touch and is very adept on the boards. This year, she becomes UConn's lead player." -- Voepel

Kendra Wecker, Kansas State, 5-11, senior
"With an athleticism and versatility reminiscent of Katie Smith, Wecker has many weapons. She can score in the half court, outmuscle you or hit the 3. She's also a great rebounder and creates incredible mismatches for the defense." -- Lieberman
"The Big 12's preseason POY, she excels in the post, at the all-too-rare mid-range game and has made 113 3-pointers in her career." -- Voepel

Sophia Young, Baylor, 6-1, junior
"Quickness and deceptive strength inside make her really hard to stop, especially with the attention teams also have to pay to teammate Steffanie Blackmon.." -- Voepel

Note: Turner and Wecker were 2003-04 honorees.

Honorable mention: Shyra Ely, Tennessee

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.