Let’s face it – as a society, when we see a tall, athletic person, we instantly assume they play basketball. Unfortunately, when many discover a shorter athlete’s sport of choice is basketball, they don’t believe it to be the right fit. There have been plenty of undersized players who have proven critics wrong in basketball, though, and made players and coaches who overlooked them eat their words. In D2 women’s basketball, there is no shortage of talented “shorties.” Here’s a list of our top 5, do you think we missed anybody? Let us know in the comments below!
5. Celeste Claw, BYU-Hawaii, 5'4"
Celeste Claw is currently 6th among all players in D2 in assists, averaging 6.4 per game. She’s also scoring 13.3 points and grabbing 4.6 rebounds per game. Her mindset has probably had a huge impact on her game, as she said, “size would be a bonus and making things a lot easier in some aspects, but I feel like underestimation is what makes us smaller guards even more lethal.” Perhaps it’s all pure skill, but for any guard – especially one much shorter than almost every forward – to grab almost five rebounds per game is a great feat.