WNBA Draft: Oklahoma State's Toni Young selected seventh by New York Liberty in WNBA Draft

Young became the second Oklahoma State product to be selected in the first round. She was also the Liberty's second pick of the round.
by Gina Mizell Published: April 15, 2013
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photo - BRISTOL, CT - APRIL 15:  WNBA President Laurel Richie poses with Toni Young after being drafted number seven overall by New York Liberty during the 2013 WNBA Draft Presented By State Farm on April 15, 2013 at ESPN in Bristol, Connecticut.    Photo provided by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE
BRISTOL, CT - APRIL 15: WNBA President Laurel Richie poses with Toni Young after being drafted number seven overall by New York Liberty during the 2013 WNBA Draft Presented By State Farm on April 15, 2013 at ESPN in Bristol, Connecticut. Photo provided by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE

“I think I fit in good,” Young said. “I bring a different type of game. They’re a great team and they’re behind a great coach. I’m really excited to play for them.”

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.”


by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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