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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

“She helps control a game with her ability to rebound and she is an efficient scorer,” Tulsa Shock coach Gary Kloppenburg said in an interview with the team's website this week. “She is a first-round prospect in the WNBA draft because of her athleticism and rebounding ability.”

There won't be much suspense at the top of the WNBA Draft, as the “Three to See” — Baylor's Brittney Griner, Delaware's Elena Delle Donne and Notre Dame's Skylar Diggins — are all but guaranteed to come off the board with the first three picks.

After that, who knows?

Teams that specifically mentioned Young as a potential target in WNBA.com's draft preview include the Seattle at No. 6, Connecticut at No. 11 and defending champion Indiana at No. 9.

Even after getting drafted, officially making a WNBA team out of training camp will still be a task for Young, as the roster size limit is 11 players.

But Monday night should provide Young with the first step in her professional basketball journey.

“My senior year is when I really knew I wanted to play pro,” Young told WNBA.com this week. “But this year is when I realized I had a shot.”