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WNBA Draft: Former Oklahoma State star Toni Young in position to be a first-round pick

Though Toni Young is undersized as a 6-2 forward, her explosive athleticism — she can dunk and made the Olympic trials in the high jump last year — makes her an intriguing pro prospect.
BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Published: April 14, 2013
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photo - OSU women's college basketball player Toni Young (15) poses for a portrait at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla., Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011.  Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD
OSU women's college basketball player Toni Young (15) poses for a portrait at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla., Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD

A little more than a year ago, Toni Young was still coming off a broken arm and, thus, coming off the bench for Oklahoma State.

Now, she's in position to be selected in the first round of Monday night's WNBA Draft.

Young is one of 12 players invited to attend the ceremony held at ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn. And the past few days, Young's Twitter feed has been filled with photos of her and other prospects, casual banter with WNBA veteran Swin Cash and an announcement that she has signed with Ticha Penicheiro, the former WNBA All-Star who is now an agent.

“WNBA 2013 we in the building!” Young tweeted Saturday night. “Living and loving life to the fullest! #Blessed”

Young capped an extremely productive Cowgirl career with a standout senior season, averaging 16 points and 10.1 rebounds per game and becoming a unanimous first-team All-Big 12 selection. She also became just the second player in OSU history to record 1,000 points, 700 rebounds and 100 blocks in a career.

Though Young is undersized as a 6-2 forward, her explosive athleticism — she can dunk and made the Olympic trials in the high jump last year — makes her an intriguing pro prospect. To be successful at the next level, however, Young will likely need to continue to expand her perimeter game, an area she worked on during her final season at OSU.

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