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The 2012 WNBA Draft Team Spotlight – The Tulsa Shock

The 2012 WNBA Draft Team Spotlight – The Tulsa Shock

Vicki Baugh, Glory Johnson and Lynetta Kizer were selected by the Shock (Jennifer Pottheiser/NBAE/Getty Images)

During  the off-season draft lottery selection, the Tulsa Shock had the most chances  to win the #1 overall pick (44.2%).  Even though the #1  ball did not bounce Tulsa’s way, the Shock still ended up with a solid fourth overall pick, which could very well be the pick that helps turn this franchise around.

“With the fourth overall pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft, the Tulsa Shock selected Glory Johnson from the University of Tennessee.   Johnson, was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, and an All-SEC First Team.  She led the conference in rebounds, ranked 5th in scoring & 7th in blocks .

Johnson, who has admittedly modeled her game after reigning WNBA MVP and former UT standout, Tamika Catchings, finished her career as the No. 2 rebounder in UT history behind Chamique Holdsclaw, and was the fourth Lady Vol ever with 1,000 points, 1,000 rebounds (Catchings, Chamique Holdsclaw, Sheila Frost).

Johnson will be valuable on both ends of the court. She is a tenacious defender, someone who can help anchor their defense the way Catchings does for the Fever, while providing offense with her face up/driving to the basket style, yes, just like Catchings.

Tulsa’s next pick was in the second round.  With the 17th pick overall, the Shock selected the 5′ 7″ guard Riquna William.  Williams had an outstanding career at Miami only to see it end with a cloud of doubt and saw her draft stock dip to the second round.

The 411 on Riquna–“A relatively unheralded recruit from Pahokee, Fla., Williams broke out as a sophomore by averaging 19.6 points per game. As part of the same backcourt as top WNBA prospect Shenise Johnson (drafted by San Antonio), Williams was the Hurricanes’ leading scorer as a sophomore as a junior, averaging 21.7 points per game in 2010-11 to lead the ACC and rank 11th in the NCAA. By nature a score-first guard, the 5-7 Williams deferred more to teammates this year, which caused her scoring average to dip to 16.6 ppg.

“While Williams was named to the All-ACC First Team for the second consecutive season, her career ended in ignominious fashion. Williams did not travel with Miami to its subregional games in Spokane because of conduct detrimental to the team. Without her, the Hurricanes lost to host Gonzaga, ending their season.”

The Shock added more front line skill when the selected UT Vicki Baugh.  Playing in college with Glory Johnson (her new Tulsa teammate) and Shekinna Stricklen, Baugh, at times may have been overlooked.  The 6-foot-4 forward-center averaged 7.5 points and 6.7 rebounds in only 21 minutes per game this past season. She also shot 58 percent from the floor, which led the Lady Vols.

Lynetta Kizer of Maryland was Tulsa’s final selection.  One of Kizer’s main attributes coming into the draft was her 6-foot-4 frame and her rebounding ability. She finished her career at Maryland with 958 rebounds, good for fourth in the program’s history.  During her career as a Terrapin, she was the ACC Rookie of the Year, a second and third-season all-conference selection and this season the ACC Sixth Player of the Year. Maryland went 31-5 this season, won the ACC title and reached the Elite Eight.

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