Shock Selects Glory Johnson
With the the fourth overall pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft presented by Boost Mobile, the Tulsa Shock selected Glory Johnson out of the University of Tennessee.
"We weren't sure what Seattle was going to do but once they took Stricklen, we realized we could get Johnson at four," President Steve Swetoha said. "She will be up and down the court, very athletic, we can't be any happier right now."
Johnson averaged 14.2 points, 9.9 rebounds, 1.1 blocks and 1.4 steals on 53.8 percent shooting from the field.
"She's one of those players, she reminds me of Tamika Catchings coming out of college," Head Coach Gary Kloppenburg said. "She has a high octane motor. We know we have some work to do offesnively to get her better but one thing we know is that she's a workaholic, she will be put the time in."
The 6-3 forward was on the 2011-12 All-SEC first team and was second on her team in scoring.
"I'm just really excited. The draft was so unpredictable, I'm just really excited to come to Tulsa and make an impact," Johnson said. "It's a young team that's still developing. It's good that I can come in and help this team develop and help as much as possible defensively and offensively and even being a leader, being a vocal leader on the bench. I want to help this team in any way I can."
After the Tennessee's season ended Johnson took about a week off to collect hereself and prepare for the WNBA Draft but immediately found herself missing the game.
"A week later I was back in the gym working out during the day and playing at night," Johnson said. "I was missing it and I had only been away a week."
Johnson is expecting training camp to be "tough and competitive" and is mentally preparing herself while trying to stay in shape physically to earn a spot on the team.
"I see her in a few years being a star in the league - we couldn't pass her up," Kloppenburg said. "She's got too much upside."