UNCASVILLE, Conn. - Odyssey Sims didn't have to wait long to see where she would be playing basketball at the next level. The Tulsa Shock picked the 5-8 guard as the No. 2 overall selection in the 2014 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm on Monday evening at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
"I'm very excited. This 2014 draft class is very strong. We have a lot of guards, players that can do a whole lot. No one knew where they were going. If you compare it to last year, you knew where the top three were going. Going into this draft, we were all blind. Nobody knew what number they were going to go. When my name was called, I was . . . I don't even know, I was just very, very excited," said Sims.
"Odyssey's ready to play. She's not going to go to a team and sit. I'm not sure some of these that will be drafted early will have an opportunity to play quickly. Odyssey Sims can score, she can defend, she has the body, she really is WNBA-ready, I feel, more than any player that will be taken tonight," said Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey. "I sure would have liked to have seen her in San Antonio for selfish reasons. But Tulsa is as close to us as San Antonio, and (Tulsa coach Fred Williams) will do a good job with her."
Sims, the Wade Trophy winner, was a consensus All-American and finalist for all major National Player of the Year awards the last two seasons. A four-time All-Big 12 first team and three-time all-defensive team honoree, Sims' 1,054 points as a senior were the second highest single-season total in Division I history, behind Missouri State's Jackie Stiles,1,062, and set a Baylor and Big 12 single season scoring record.
Sims averaged 28.5 points per game, grabbed 4.6 rebounds and dished out 4.6 assists per contest in helping the Lady Bears win the Big 12 regular season and tournament titles for the fourth straight year and reach the Elite Eight in the NCAA tournament.
Sims becomes Baylor's sixth first-round draft pick and 10th Lady Bear overall to be drafted by WNBA teams.
Baylor in the WNBA Draft:
2014 - Odyssey Sims - No. 2, Tulsa Shock
2013 - Brittney Griner - No. 1, Phoenix Mercury; Brooklyn Pope - No. 28, Chicago Sky
2009 - Jessica Morrow - No. 27, Atlanta Dream
2008 - Angela Tisdale - No. 32, Chicago Sky
2007 - Bernice Mosby - No. 5, Washington Mystics
2006 - Sophia Young - No. 4, San Antonio Silver Stars
2005 - Steffanie Blackmon - No. 38, Seattle Storm
2002 - Sheila Lambert - No. 7, Charlotte Sting; Danielle Crockrom - No. 11, Utah Starzz