Kamiko Williams on finding out she had been drafted for the WNBA
After returning home from the Volscars on Monday night, the Tennessee senior buried her nose in a book instead and was doing homework. A phone call interrupted, imploring her to turn on the television.
The 5-foot-11 guard had been taken by the New York Liberty in the second round of the WNBA draft. Williams was the third pick of the round and the 15th selection overall. Thanks to more calls and text messages, Williams was a quick study on the turn of events. She even talked to first-year New York GM/Coach Bill Laimbeer.
“He seemed like a cool guy,” Williams said Tuesday at Pratt Pavilion. “There was a lot of laughter in that phone call. I think we’ll get along.”
Williams was one of five players selected by the Liberty. Laimbeer said that the organization got every player it targeted. He seemed most enamored with Williams’ tempo and court vision.
“Kamiko is a very patient player,” he said in a team release. “She sees the floor well and understands how to play basketball.”
Williams’ final season likely helped her draft stock considerably. Her career highs for points (18), rebounds (13), assists (6) and steals (6) all occurred during her senior season. Her 7.4 points per game this past season were nearly two points better than her career average (5.5). Her per-game rebounding average (4.2) also was better than her career average (2.9).
“She worked extremely hard and showed great maturity as a senior,” UT coach Holly Warlick said in a release, “and that effort helped lead to our team being successful and to her enjoying the best season of her career.”
After consulting with UT’s coaches and her father, Williams said that she has chosen former WNBA guard Ticha Penicheiro to represent her.
Williams was disappointed that fellow UT senior Taber Spani wasn’t drafted. There was no immediate word on Spani’s basketball future, but Williams said the 6-1 forward wants to continue playing.
“I know at the end of the day, she wants to do like missionary work and use basketball to give back,” Williams said of Spani. “But she’s a great player and I feel like she should be out there playing. So I hope somebody looks at her.”