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: Commack, NY
College: Ohio State
2012 Wooden and Naismith Award watch lists
2011 Second Team (media) and Third Team (coaches) All-Big Ten
2011 NCAA Dayton Regional All-Tournament Team
2010 First Team All-Big Ten
2010 WBCA Honorable Mention All-America
2010 WBCA and Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America
2010 2011 Big Ten All-Tournament Team
2010 co-MVP Preseason WNIT
2009 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, All-Freshman Team
2009 Second Team All-Big Ten (media), honorable mention (coaches)
2009 NCAA Berkeley Regional All-Tournament Team
HOW SHE FITS
Entering her senior season on the Wooden and Naismith pre-season watch list, Ohio State's Samantha Prahalis has not disappointed, averaging 19.3 points and 6.8 assists for the 11th ranked Buckeyes this season. Through February 6, Prahalis has already recorded 10 20-point game and four 10-plus assists efforts for four double-doubles this season. Prahalis had a season-high 30 points and seven assists in a win over Iowa on January 2 and has been named Big Ten Player of the Week twice already this season (Nov 28 and Jan 24). For her career, the Commack, New York native has started 123 of 124 games in which she has appeared while averaging 14.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 6.9 assists in four seasons at Ohio State.
Prahalis is the rare combination of a distributor and scorer that could play both guard positions on virtually any team. Her scoring touch has improvied throughout her college career while assist numbers have remained steadily atop the national rankings. Considered the best point pure guard in the 2012 WNBA Draft by many, it will be curious to see if she's available when the Shock select at the four-spot.