Forwards in motion

Updated: November 13, 2004, 12:51 PM ET
ESPN.com

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):

ESPN.COM'S TOP FIVE
Tiffany Jackson, Texas, 6-3, sophomore
"She proved she was a star last season and only continues to get better. Extremely versatile, she has really nice post-up moves and is a tenacious rebounder." -- Nancy Lieberman
"She was the top scorer for multi-threat Texas last year and has added a more consistent mid-range jumper."
-- Mechelle Voepel
G MIN FG REB STL PTS
35 28.4 47.37.5 1.913.0
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
G MIN FG STL REB PTS
3029.5 60.72.9 11.720.4
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
G MIN FG 3FG REB PTS
3526.7 53.640.0 4.813.7
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
G MIN FG 3FG REB PTS
3131.1 49.342.4 8.116.8
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
G MIN FG STL REB PTS
3528.755.52.5 8.616.7

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.

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