After biding her time in Oklahoma for a couple of weeks, former Cal standout Ashley Walker found out it was worth the wait. She is the newest member of the Tulsa Shock.
Walker was signed Wednesday by Tulsa, filling the roster spot created when Tulsa traded guard Shavonte Zellous last week to Indiana. Walker said Wednesday night that a couple of WNBA were interested in her, but she was hopeful to be signed by Tulsa.
Wednesday was her first day of practice.
“We play on Friday and it’s a lot to take in in a couple of days,” Walker said. “Coach Richardson runs a good system. They get up and down the floor and in transition, like we did at Cal. They do a lot of clear-out, a lot of stuff we did at Cal. And he usually plays about 10 players, so everybody will get used.”
Walker was looking for a place to land after a strong camp with the Seattle Storm. She was the last player cut by Storm coach Brian Agler the day before the start of the season. Walker was the No. 12 pick in the 2009 draft and spent much of her rookie season sidelined with a foot injury.
Walker, who played overseas in Israel, likely will play power forward. Agler strongly encouraged Walker to prepare to play small forward and she spent the offseason dropping weight, improving her conditioning and honing a perimeter game.
After being cut by Seattle, Walker went to Oklahoma on the advice of her agent, worked out, hoping to get picked up.
“She has a nice stroke on her ball,” Tulsa coach Nolan Richardson told the Tulsa World. “We’ll try to get her in some spots where she can give players a breather. I don’t know that she’s in playing shape for our system. She’s been doing some running and jogging. In our system, she’ll have to be able to get up and down the court.”
Tulsa, playing its first season under head coach Nolan Richardson, is 2-3 to open league play and will next play at home against the Minnesota Lynx on Friday.
Walker’s contract is not finalized, so there is still a possibility she could get cut.
“I’m just going to count my blessings that I got another chance and go out and play and see what I can do,” Walker said.
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