Aug. 12, 2009
WASHINGTON D.C.—TCU guard TK LaFleur is one of 29 women’s college basketball players in Hagerstown, Md., this week to take part in Point Guard College (PGC), an athlete development program run by former standout point guard Dena Evans. The camp runs Aug. 10 through Aug. 14 at the St. James School.
PGC focuses on teaching leadership skills, communication and decision-making. Within each five-day session, participants have classroom lectures, video study and on-the-court training. All of these components are considered essential to improving the on-court skills of each athlete.
Since its inception in 2001, PGC has trained top male and female point guards during the offseason to help them reach their full potential on the court. Nearly 200 women’s and men’s NCAA Division I student-athletes have attended the camp over the last nine years, including eight WNBA draft picks and numerous first-team all-conference players from leagues such as the ACC, Big East, Big 12, Big 10, Mountain West and SEC.
Former female participants include the Chicago Sky’s Kristi Toliver (Maryland); the Atlanta Dream’s Ivory Latta and Rashanda McCants of the Minnesota Lynx (North Carolina); PGC owner Dena Evans, a member of the ACC’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Women’s Basketball Team (Virginia); and PGC Director Lyndsey Medders-Fennelly (Iowa State).
“The athletes at our college session will have a rare opportunity to learn some of the subtleties of the game that great players and great leaders only seem to do naturally,” Evans said. “They'll benefit by being surrounded by their peers in an environment that's designed to teach them what it means to be a special player on a championship-level team.”
LaFleur, entering her senior season at TCU, experienced a breakout season in 2008-09 during her first season as a Lady Frog. She ranked second on the team in scoring (14.7 ppg), rebounding (5.4 rpg) and assists (2.1 apg), while leading the squad in steals (2.0 spg). She had an especially productive season from behind the arc, as she led the Mountain West Conference and ranked 35th nationally in 3-point shooting (39.8 percent).
LaFleur was named MWC Newcomer of the Year and Second-Team All-MWC while helping lead TCU to its eighth NCAA Tournament appearance in the last nine seasons. While not the Frogs primary point guard, her ability in the backcourt still was one of the many reasons why TCU was able to shatter the school record for fewest turnovers in a season (13.7 topg).
POINT GUARD COLLEGE FEMALE PARTICIPANTS
Brittany Binnie--Concordia College
Teonna Jewel--Davis and Elkins College
Metra Walthour--Georgia Tech
Amy Smith--Goucher College
Erin Winkfield--Morgan State
Maria McKee--Mount Royal College
Trinity Bursey--North Carolina
She’la White--North Carolina
Nicole Powell--North Carolina
Tierra Ruffin-Pratt--North Carolina
Cetera DeGaffenried--North Carolina
Jacqui Kalin--Northern Iowa
Shanai Heber--Seton Hall
Katie Birkel--South Dakota State
Jasmine Cannon--Texas Southern
LeeAnn Pal--Utah State
Alice Coddington--Utah State
Brooke Thomas--Wake Forest