Shock Selects Elizabeth Cambage From Australia With Second Overall Pick
With their second overall pick in the 2011 WNBA Draft, the Tulsa Shock selected 6-foot-8 Elizabeth Cambage from Australia, making her the first first round pick in the organization's history in its new city.
“I was like whooooo, finally I know where I am going and it’s all set in stone,” said Cambage immediately after being selected.
Cambage has been in New York for about a week now getting acquainted with the WNBA and the city and her experience has beene exceptional.
“Yesterday it was really fun we were here at ESPN and we had WNBA Get Fit , it was so much fun," Cambage said. "But two days before that was really boring because we did lectures.”
Cambage has been getting acclimated to both the league and the city but is excited about her next step - coming to Tulsa.
“Meeting all the fans and the coaches," said Cambage about what she is most excited about in Tulsa. "And I can’t wait to see what it's really like in Oklahoma.”
In Australia, Cambage averaged 22.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.7 blocks a game on 59 percent shooting from the field, leading the Bulleen Boomers to a championship in the Women's National Basketball League in 2010-11 while also being named the league's Most-Valuable-Player.
The first thing one notices about Cambage is her domineering size. At 6-foot-8, she has the potential to dominate WNBA paints immediately and for years to come. Her potential appears limitless and if the brilliance she displayed against Team USA and throughout the FIBA Tournament last summer are any indication - her future appears extremely bright.
Against the top competition in the world at the FIBA Tournament, Cambage averaged 13.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.0 block while shooting 70 pecent from the fields, sparking women's basketball royalty stateside to gush over her potential in the WNBA.
Cambage joins a Shock team that finished 6-28 in 2010 and has been active in the off-season, acquiring Oklahoma State's Andrea Riley and signing free-agent and WNBA Legend, Sheryl Swoopes.
What makes Cambage extremely special is her outward drive and desire to get better. She has stated clearly that her goal is to play and excel in the 2012 Olympics for Australia and the desire to get better in preparation for the tournament is one of the main reasons for enterting the WNBA Draft this year.
For the Shock, Cambage can potentially fit right in at the center spot, filling a much-needed inside scoring and rebounding void for the team. Her ability to dominate the paint on both ends of the court is a much needed asset and could potentially result in instant improvement for the Shock in 2011.
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