Draft Dreams: Shenise Johnson
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: Henrietta, N.Y>
2011-12 Associated Press Pre-Season All-American Team
2011-12 ACC Preseason Player of the Year
2011-12 Wade, Naismith and Wooden Preseason Player of the Year Watch Lists
2011-12 Wooden Mid-Season Player of the Year Watch List
2010-11 State Farm and Associated Press All-American Selectioin
2010-11 ACC Player of the Year
2010-11 First Team All-CC
2010-11 All-ACC Tournament Team
2010-11 All-ACC Defensive Team
STATS (through Feb 23):
2011-12: 16.7 pts/8.0 rebs/3.6 stls/45.2 FG%/85.4 FT% (Through 27 games)
Career: 17.2 pts/7.8 rebs/3.1 stls/46.1 FG%/81.9 FT%
HOW SHE FITS
Shenise Johnson entered her senior year this past fall on the verge of capping off one of the greatest careers in the history of University of Miami basketball. This season, Johnson became just the fourth player in Miami history to score over 2,000 points for her career and she will pass Frances Savage (1988-2002) for third place in school history.
In addition to scoring, Johnson will also become just the third player in NCAA Division I women's basketball history to score 2,000 points, grab 1,000 rebounds and dis out 500 assists for a career. The other two to do it were Stanford's Nicole Powell (2000-04) and Old Dominion's Nancy Lieberman (1976-80). Johnson and Lieberman will also finish as the only two women to collect 400 steals in addition to the other milestones.
As a junior, she was first in the ACC in free throw percentage (.846), second in the ACC and 10th in the nation with 3.2 steals a game and second in the ACC and 17th in the nation with 19.6 points per game. As a sophomore, she was the only player in the ACC to score in double-figure in every game and was second in the conference with 19.0 points per game.
As a senior, Johnson is averaging 16.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and leads the ACC with eight double-doubles on the year. If drafted by the Shock, Johnson would provide scoring and rebounding from the backcourt while being a defensive menance in Coach Kloppenburg's system.