Shock Selects Baugh & Kizer in Third Round
With the 25th and 29th overall pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft presented by Boost Mobile, the Tulsa Shock selected Vicki Baugh out of the University of Tennessee and Lynetta Kizer from Maryland. Baugh was a teammate of the Shock's fourth overall selection, Glory Johnson, someone who she credits for making her a better basketball player.
"One thing that Glory does is make me work even harder," Baugh said. "She's one of the hardest workers that I've ever met. I'm thankful that I got to compete with her and will continue to compete with her."
Baugh was invited to attend the draft in Bristol, Conn. and despite not hearing her name until the third round, she was as excited as ever to finally find a team to call her own.
"It's just incredible. One of the things that worried about was that nobody thought I could perform after all the injuries that I went through. It was just a pleasure to be here," Baugh said. "I didn't care what pick I was in the draft, it was just an honor to hear my name called."
Baugh is expecting to work as hard as she ever has in training camp and feels that Pat Summit's businesslike mentality in at the Volunteers' gym will equip her well for Head Coach Gary Kloppenburg's training camp.
"We had her up high too," Kloppenburg said. "She's a mobile big that can run, shoot from outside and rebound. We like her energy. "
Baugh averaged 7.5 points and 6.7 rebounds a game while shooting 57.7 percent from the field in 2011-12.
The Shock's 29th selection was Lynetta Kizer the ACC's Sixth Player of the Year from the University of Maryland who Kloppenburg described an "active, strong and physical big."
Kizer was Second Team All ACC in 2011-12 and was place on the Wooden and Naismith pre-season watch list. Kizer also scored in double figures in 21 of her 33 games this past season.
"To be drafted with those girls is an incredibley feeling - Riquna is an incredible guard and Glory and Vicki are versatile bigs," Kizer said. "My energy that I bring to a team will go unmatched. It's going to be a great experience."