Shock Get 2nd Pick In 2011 WNBA Draft

The Tulsa Shock were awarded the second overall pick in the 2011 WNBA draft next spring earlier today at the draft lottery in New York. The Minnesota Lynx were awarded the first and fourth selections while the Chicago Sky acquired the third.

“I am excited to bring a top-two caliber player to Tulsa,” General Manager and Head Coach Nolan Richardson said. “The upcoming women’s college basketball season is sure to be a great one and I look forward to watching film and seeing many college prospects in person in order to get the best possible player for Tulsa.”

The Tulsa Shock had the greatest chance, 442 out of a 1,000, of winning the draft the lottery and subsequent number one overall pick in the 2011 draft. The Minnesota Lynx were a close second with a combined 380 chances: 276 based on their standing during this past season and another 104 with Connecticut’s pick which they acquired on the day of the 2010 WNBA Draft. Chicago had the third greatest chance of acquiring the number one pick at 178 out of 1,000.

“This is a great day for our organization and the Tulsa community,” Shock President Steve Swetoha said. “We are extremely excited to use our selection to invite a top-talent to the Shock family who will help grow women’s basketball in this community.”

The consensus number one pick in the 2011 WNBA Draft is Connecticut standout Maya Moore. Earlier today, Moore became the second player in history to be a two-time unanimous choice on the Associated Press’ women’s basketball preseason All-America team, receiving all 40 votes from a national media panel. Ohio State’s Jantel Lavender and Oklahoma’s Danielle Robinson were also voted on to the pre-season All-America team and are also projected to be high first round selections in next year’s draft.

In addition to the second pick, the Shock also has the seventh pick in the draft which they acquired from the Phoenix Mercury in a mid-season deal.

“We are excited about our lottery pick as well as our pick later in the first round,” Richardson said. “We feel like we are in a great position to add some valuable pieces that will improve our performance from last year by leaps and bounds.”