Kamiko Williams picked in second round of WNBA draft

New York selects Lady Vols guard

Lady Vols guard Kamiko Williams (4) shoots over Louisville guard Antonita Slaughter (4) in the second half of the 2013 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament quarterfinals at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla., Tuesday, April 2, 2013. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Lady Vols guard Kamiko Williams (4) shoots over Louisville guard Antonita Slaughter (4) in the second half of the 2013 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament quarterfinals at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla., Tuesday, April 2, 2013. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

Kamiko Williams was all dressed up Monday night. As the evening played out, the Tennessee women’s basketball senior had somewhere to go other than just the Volscars.

After attending the annual UT soiree, Williams was chosen by the New York Liberty in the second round of the WNBA draft. The 5-foot-11 guard was the third pick of the round and the 15th selection overall.

Williams was the third selection by the Liberty and first-year GM/coach Bill Laimbeer, who previously won three league championships with the Detroit Shock. In the first round, New York addressed its frontcourt. The Liberty selected Texas A&M center Kelsey Bone with the fifth overall. Two picks later, New York took forward Toni Young from Oklahoma State.

“I’m excited because the coaching staff seems awesome from the short phone conversation we’ve had and I get to play with Kelley Cain again,” said Williams, referring to the former UT center who’s on New York’s roster

Williams wasn’t listed among the potential draft prospects on the WNBA website, which reflected her sudden rise during her final season at UT. She played her way from a reserve role into the starting lineup by season’s end. She averaged 7.4 points and 4.2 rebounds per game and led Tennessee in steals with 57. She had twice as many assists (88) as turnovers (44) and shot 50.5 percent from the floor.

She scored 15 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out six assists against Baylor on Dec. 18. Lady Bears center Brittney Griner was chosen No. 1 overall by Phoenix.

“Yeaaa Miko!” tweeted former UT star Tamika Catchings, who plays for the defending champion Indiana.

Williams was one of seven SEC players taken among the 36 picks. Georgia had three players chosen.

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jwbethea writes:

congrats miko

reg_mza#219136 writes:

Congrats Kamiko! Sorry you weren't chosen Taber as you were as respectable a player as any in the 2nd or 3rd round.

flatrock writes:

Kamiko is a baller. Always has been! Congrats to the 2013 Lady Vol MVP (IMHO).

SummittsCourt writes:

Congratulations to Kamiko! Long live the tradition of having Lady Vols in the draft and in the WNBA.

ljlongtimevolfan writes:

Congratulations Kamiko, you were the Lady Vols Most Valuable Player this past season and the best player on the team. Looking forward to watching you play in the WNBA.

underthehill writes:

It has been more than obvious that Miko is among the most talented Lady Vols to ever wear the Orange and White and has not reached her potential..other talented players noticed..like Catchings..and WNBA coaches..now she will get the chance to develop that awesome talent..high basketball IQ just like Tobias Harris..just a matter of time..I have posted several times she would be a high draft choice..I thought it would be even higher that it was..but this is great and well deserved..go MIKO...

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jt45 writes:

Good to see Kamiko get to continue her basketball career, she has really stepped up her game and deserves this opportunity after overcoming injuries and becoming one of the shining stars on this years team.

Geno_is_a_dbag07 writes:

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chipmurphy461 writes:

Congratulations Kamiko!

HazardKYVol writes:

in response to Geno_is_a_dbag07:

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What's the difference in the hatred he sprewed and the hatred you just spewed? Kettle meet pot!

martic#220796 writes:

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fake_basketball is showing their fake_intelligence

cdtnladyvols931#663910 writes:

in response to reg_mza#219136:

Congrats Kamiko! Sorry you weren't chosen Taber as you were as respectable a player as any in the 2nd or 3rd round.

You are so right! I guess she didn't look tough enough. Taber will be great in whatever she decides to do. Congrats to Both!

madrigal writes:

I'm very proud of Kamiko and happy for her. I think she will do well in the pros, both here and in Europe, because her style is fun to watch and can be very exciting. The Liberty have had other former Lady Vol guards, most recently Loree Moore, and know what kind of quality player they are getting. Congratulations, Miko!

pcorange writes:

in response to Geno_is_a_dbag07:

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So what have you got against rednecks? Hate is hate, friend.

vac writes:

Congrats Kamiko. Just curious. Does anyone know the average pay of a WNBA player?

volboy81 writes:

congratulations Kamiko....not sure why Tabor wasnt taken. someone is missing out!!!

HazardKYVol writes:

in response to vac:

Congrats Kamiko. Just curious. Does anyone know the average pay of a WNBA player?

Average in 2012 around $72,000
Minimum around $35,000

voloffaith writes:

in response to volboy81:

congratulations Kamiko....not sure why Tabor wasnt taken. someone is missing out!!!

TABER wasn't taken since limited slots and pay to offer......possibly Europe for her........

vac writes:

in response to HazardKYVol:

Average in 2012 around $72,000
Minimum around $35,000

Thanks Hazard, That's not great, especially when you compare it to the NBA but not too bad for playing a game. I guess they don't have the high dollar TV deals like men's sports. I know the WNBA was on the verge of bankruptcy a few years back. Do you know if it has recovered from that?

ModelMaker writes:

When the going got tough Miko got going. I don't think we would have won the SEC without her. I think she is a very talented basketball player whom I will miss allot next year. It was a lot of fun watching her play.

kees8#419281 writes:

in response to ljlongtimevolfan:

Congratulations Kamiko, you were the Lady Vols Most Valuable Player this past season and the best player on the team. Looking forward to watching you play in the WNBA.

YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. IT IS A DARN SHAME SHE SAT ON THE BENCH FOR THREE YEARS. COULD HAVE BEEN A STAR IF NOT PLAYING FOR THE PREVIOUS COACH. OFF COURT BEHAVIOR MOST LIKELY KEPT HER ON THE PINE...

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