Kamiko Williams video interview

Kamiko Williams met with the media Tuesday to talk about being drafted into the WNBA. Go inside for a free story and video interview with the Lady Vols senior guard.

Kamiko Williams was doing homework when her phone suddenly got active with incoming calls and text messages. She was being alerted to the fact that she just got drafted by the New York Liberty.

Williams was the third pick of the second round and No. 15 overall in the WNBA draft. She spoke briefly to the Liberty's coach and general manager Bill Laimbeer, the former "Bad Boy" of the Detroit Pistons.

"He just said he loves the way I play, because I am patient and he thinks I am a smart player," Williams said. "He said I could be at the one, two or three, and I just told him, ‘Whatever he needs me to do.'

"This year I was kind of all over the floor, so I am used to it. This is a new team, and I'll just do whatever I need to help the team."

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Williams already has an agent in former Old Dominion and WNBA standout Ticha Penicheiro, who was recommended by former Lady Vol manager Justine Brown. Williams also sought counsel from head coach Holly Warlick and opted to sign with Penicheiro, who thanked Laimbeer on Twitter for taking her clients Williams and Oklahoma State guard Tori Young.

Williams is focused now on finishing classwork – she graduated last May in three years but is working on a second degree – and getting on the court with her teammates. She will run with them early Wednesday morning in a workout with Heather Mason.

Williams hopes that a WNBA team will offer fellow senior Taber Spani a chance in training camp.

"Taber is going to play as long as she can play," Williams said. "I know at the end of the day she wants to do missionary work and use basketball to give back.

"She's a great player, and I feel like she should be out there playing, so I hope somebody looks at her."

New assistant coaches Kyra Elzy and Jolette Law made it clear to Williams before her senior season that she could be a pro basketball player. She credited both of them with getting her draft ready.

"I texted Coach Elzy, and we're going to get in the gym and she's going to work me out before I get there," Williams said.


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