Shock Selects Kayla Pedersen From Stanford With Seventh Overall Pick
"Just kind of in shock that I heard my name being called and I'm going to be a professional basketball player," Pedersen said. "I think I'm still in shock and am still excited."
During her live look-in with the Tulsa Shock Draft Party, Pedersen couldn't hide her excitement as she quickly delcared that she has family in Altus, Oklahoma.
A 6-foot-4 senior out of Stanford, Pedersen averaged 12.9 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists on 47.3 percent from the field. She finished her four-year career at Stanford averaging 13.0 points, 8.0 rebounds while shooting 46.4 percent and 33.3 percent from three-point land.
"It feels great. I'm really excited to contribute in any way I can and learn from the veterans on the team," Pedersen said.
In her senior season, Pedersen was named to the All-Pac-10 Team while garnering an honorable mention on the Pac-10 All Defensive Team. The previous year, she was named to the All Final Four Team. Despite losing to Connecticut in the NCAA Finals, she posted 15 points and a career-high 18 rebounds while shooting 3-of-5 from three-point land on the big stage.
"I think versatility is a big factor in my game and hopefully I can use that well in the WNBA," Pedersen said.
Pedersen is likely play the forward spot, both the three and four, in the WNBA, Pedersen's strength is her versatility and ability to play on the perimeter. She's a hybrid small/power forward which might be ideal in Coach Richardson's trapping offense.
Pedersen's Final Four experience at Stanford and her ability to impact the game without having the ball in her hands makes her a versatile perimeter and low post prospect who will fit-in seamlessly playing along side second overall pick Elizabeth Cambage.