ESPN.com's top five players at each position

Originally Published: November 11, 2008

It's no wonder teams like Connecticut, Rutgers, Oklahoma, Maryland, California, North Carolina, Louisville and Stanford are all ranked among the preseason top 10 -- they've got some of the best players in the nation. All eight schools put at least two players (the Huskies had three) on our list of the top five players at each position -- and UConn had two Huskies voted the best player at her spot on the floor. No player from two-time defending champion Tennessee, which graduated all five starters, made the cut.

The player listed first below was voted the top player at her position -- as determined by a panel consisting of ESPN.com's Mechelle Voepel, Graham Hays, Charlie Creme, Beth Mowins and Melanie Jackson. The other four honorees are listed alphabetically. And be sure to cast your vote for the top point guard.

PARTIES OF FIVE
Point guard 2-guard Wing Power forward Center
Renee
Montgomery

Connecticut
5-7, senior

The consummate leader who understands just what UConn coach Geno Auriemma wants from his team during the course of a game. She elevates her teammates not just in games, but in practices. And she embraces being the "target:" No. 1.
-- Mechelle Voepel
Epiphanny
Prince

Rutgers
5-9, junior

Whatever leadership questions exist with Matee Ajavon and Essence Carson gone, or how much of a distributor she’ll have to be, the answers should come in the form of points in the lane, points behind the arc and lockdown defense.
-- Graham Hays
Maya
Moore

Connecticut
6-0, sophomore

She’s prolific without being flashy. She’s fierce without being fiery. She’s already a superstar without being obvious. Those are tremendous traits for the woman who will be the face of the game for the next few years.
-- Charlie Creme
Ashley
Walker

California
6-1, senior

She always plays with the aggressive mentality of thinking she has something to prove. She has been the steady presence as Cal has risen in the national rankings.
-- Mechelle Voepel
Courtney
Paris

Oklahoma
6-4, senior

A double-double machine because she is so tough to move away from the basket, Paris can use either hand with a soft touch in the paint. She makes a living at the free-throw line and keeps opponents away from the hoop with her shot-blocking skills.
-- Beth Mowins
Cetera DeGraffenreid
North Carolina
5-6, sophomore
Krystal Ellis
Marquette
5-9, senior
Marissa Coleman
Maryland
6-1, senior
Candyce Bingham
Louisville
6-1, senior
Jayne Appel
Stanford
6-4, junior
Shalee Lehning
Kansas State
5-9, senior
Alexis Gray-Lawson
California
5-8, junior
Rashanda McCants
North Carolina
6-1, senior
DeWanna Bonner
Auburn
6-4, senior
Tina Charles
Connecticut
6-4, junior
Andrea Riley
Oklahoma State
5-5, junior
Takia Starks
Texas A&M
5-8, senior
Angel McCoughtry
Louisville
6-1, senior
Ashley Paris
Oklahoma
6-3, senior
Jantel Lavender
Ohio State
6-4, sophomore
Kristi Toliver
Maryland
5-7, senior
Monica Wright
Virginia
5-11, junior
Christina Wirth
Vanderbilt
6-1, senior
Kayla Pedersen
Stanford
6-4, sophomore
Kia Vaughn
Rutgers
6-4, senior

The following players received at least one vote from our contributors: Demetress Adams, South Carolina; Ashley Barlow, Notre Dame; Chante Black, Duke; Kristi Cirone, Illinois State; Marshae Dotson, Florida; Rachele Fitz, Marist; Danielle Gant, Texas A&M; Kalana Greene, Connecticut; Devanei Hampton, California; Jareica Hughes, UTEP; Briann January, Arizona State; Ta'Shia Phillips, Xavier; Morgan Warburton, Utah; Shavonte Zellous, Pittsburgh.