And to reach this point in her career, Toni could always rely on Michael for guidance.
She can’t really point to a large list of common interests — besides basketball — as the reason why they get along so well. They just think about life in the same way, Toni said. And Michael's consistent motivation helped them create the close bond they share today.
“And it’s not a parent,” Toni said. “Your parents always support you and tell you what you want to hear. But him, he just tells you what it is and what you need to do.”
Michael never missed a game during Toni’s freshman and sophomore seasons at OSU. Then he moved to California, but was able to fly out to Dallas when the Cowgirls played in the Big 12 Tournament last month.
Getting across the country to watch Toni play inside Madison Square Garden this summer will be an even tougher challenge for Michael. But Toni knows Michael’s support will continue as she takes the next step on the basketball journey he helped her begin.
That made Monday night’s draft ceremony special for both sister and brother.
“To be able to spend this moment with him and show him how much I appreciate him,” Toni said, “I know he’s loving it right now. And I’m loving it just as much as he is.”