Former Oklahoma State standout Toni Young was taken seventh overall by the New York Liberty in the WNBA Draft Monday night.
For my story for Tuesday’s paper, I focused on the relationship between Young and her brother, Michael, who first pushed her to play basketball and was by her side when her name was called.
But we covered a lot of other topics in a phone interview shortly after she was selected. Here is the rest of our conversation:
Can you describe what your emotions are like right now?
“I’m pretty excited, getting the opportunity to continue playing and also going in the first round. It’s one of the greatest moments I’ve ever felt before.”
What about the moment when your name was called?
“My heart dropped. You know you’re gonna hear your name, but you don’t know when. I had chills for, seriously, five minutes. I couldn’t do anything but smile. It was just an unbelievable feeling.”
Did you have any feeling that the Liberty was interested in you? Did you start thinking when the No. 7 spot came up that that’s a place you could go?
“I had no idea. I kind of thought about it, just because they had the fifth and seventh pick and I thought I fit in good with their team. Once I heard my name, I was like ‘OK, this is realistic.’ Me and Kelsey Bone (the Liberty’s selection with the fifth overall pick), we’re going together.”
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