Draft Dreams: Shekinna Stricklen
Welcome to the Tulsa Shock's 2012 WNBA Draft Preview. The Shock hold the fourth overall pick in the 2012 Draft this spring. Leading up to the draft, we will highlight the top prospects and see how each of them could fit in with the Shock's current roster.
Hometown: Morrilton, Ark.>
2011-12 Wooden Award Finalist
2011-12 All-SEC First Team
2011-12 All-SEC Tournament Team
2011-12 Wade, Naismith and Wooden Preseason Player of the Year Watch Lists
2010-11 State Farm All America Honors
2010-11 USBWA All-American
2010-11 All-American Third (Associated Press)
2010-11 SEC Player of the Year (Coaches)
2010-11 All-SEC First Team (Coaches & AP)
STATS (through Feb 23):
2011-12: 15.2 pts/6.5 rebs/1.5 stls/44.9 FG%/75.6 FT% (Through 26 games)
Career: 13.4 pts/6.5 rebs/1.4 stls/44.1 FG%/77.5 FT%
HOW SHE FITS
Shekinna Stricklen tallied 16 points in 34 minutes against LSU in the SEC championship game to propel the Tennessee Volunteers to another conference championship under Head Coach Pat Summit. Shortly thereafter, she was named a finalist the Wooden Award given to the top player of the year.
Stricklen has led the Volunteers in scoring in 11 of her 26 games and with her height and stellar career rebounding numbers, she's likely see playing time at the forward position in the WNBA.
Stricklen's size and ability to score and rebound where fit nicely alongside an already athletic and versatile front court with Tiffany Jackson, Kayla Pedersen and Jennifer Lacy returning in 2012. With a winning pedigree and the poise to make a championship run in this year's tournament, Stricklen has the abilty to take the national spotlight this March for the Volunteers and is a likely candidate to contribute immediately in the WNBA this May.