Shock Selects Riquna Williams 17th Overall
With the the 17th overall pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft presented by Boost Mobile, the Tulsa Shock selected Riquna Williams out of the University of Miami.
Williams averaged 16.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.4 steals while shooting 36.8 percent from the three-point territory.
"She's very quick and kind of a Cappie Pondexter type of a player in the way she's looking to score and really, we couldn't believe that she fell to us." Kloppenburg said.
The 5-7 guard was the 2011-12 Third Team All-American voted by the Associated Press, First Team All-CC and was on the pre-season Wooden and Naismit watch list..
"It felt great. I cried a little because I had no idea where I was going to go but it was a great moment," Williams said about being selected in the second round. "I calmed down, I'm actually ready to get home and get back to work and get ready for training camp."
Kloppenburg described WIlliams as a top-eight talent in this draft who fell to the Shock in the second ground and believes both Glory Johnson and Williams can improve the team this season.
"I think both of them can make an impact. They are both quality players," said Kloppenburg about the Shock's first two picks in the 2012 WNBA Draft. "They are rookies but we are a young team, have a couple of veterans, we have a nice mix but I like the competitiveness of this group."
Williams hopes to learn as much as possible from her fellow draftees coming to Tulsa while trying absorb the knowledge of her peers in training camp but before arriving in Tulsa, she plans on making a small detour.
"I"m going to get some rest. It's been a long weekend. I'm definitely looking forward to tonight and crawling in to bed," Williams said. "I'm excited to know where I'm going and am going to do what I can to help the Shock."