Team Also Adds Tasha Humphrey (11th), Olayinka Sanni (18th), Natasha Lacy (28th) and Valeriya Berezhynska (42nd)

Shock Select Alexis Hornbuckle with Fourth Pick in 2008 WNBA Draft

Auburn Hills, MI - The Detroit Shock announced today that the club has selected Alexis Hornbuckle with the fourth overall pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft. The Shock also selected Tasha Humphrey with the 11th pick, Olayinka Sanni 18th, Natasha Lacy (28th) and Valeriya Berezhynska with the 42nd pick.

“With the Hornbuckle pick we went with a guard that could play the one, two or three if necessary, and more importantly that could guard the one, two or three. She passes well, plays solid defense, and she’s played in every big game there is in college basketball,” said Bill Laimbeer, Shock head coach and general manager. “Overall I thought our draft exceeded our expectations. We knew it was a deep draft, but through a few surprises we made our team stronger.”

Hornbuckle, a 5’11” guard, is fresh off winning a National Championship with the Lady Vols of the University of Tennessee. In 37 games (all starts) this season, Hornbuckle was the third-leading scorer for the Lady Vols at 9.9 points per game. She also led the team in assists (3.6 per game) and steals (2.8 per game).

Hornbuckle was named to the All-SEC First Team the last two seasons and was also named to the SEC All-Defensive Team this year. The Charleston, W.Va. native helped lead the USA Women’s Pan American team to a 5-0 record and a gold medal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in July 2007.

Humphrey averaged 16.7 points and 9.1 rebounds for the Georgia Lady Bulldogs. A three-time All-America honoree and winner of four All-SEC First-Team honors, Humphrey averaged 18.4 points and 8.4 rebounds in SEC play. In 2005 she was voted co-National Freshman of the Year, along with Candice Wiggins of Stanford, by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. Like new teammate Hornbuckle, Humphrey was also a member of the USA Women’s 2007 Pan American Team.

Sanni averaged career-highs in points per game (16.2) and rebounds per game (7.1) to lead the University of West Virginia to a 25-8 record this season. Last season, Sanni became one of only two All-Big East First-Team performers in West Virginia’s history. Sanni played on the Nigerian National Team in the 2007 FIBA World Championships in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Lacy was the second-leading scorer this season at the University of Texas El Paso with 13.0 points per game. She also averaged 5.9 rebounds and 3.4 steals in 32 games. Lacy played her first three seasons at Texas Christian University.

Berezhynska averaged 17.0 points and 9.9 rebounds to lead the Rice Owls in both categories. Last season, she averaged 12.2 points and 8.0 rebounds in 26 games. A native of Ukraine, Berezhynska attended high school in Miami, Fla.

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