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.