WNBA Draft 2018 Presented by State Farm – April 12, 2018
Gabby Williams, Chicago Sky – Round 1, Pick 4
You’re a member of the Chicago Sky. What was going through your mind when you heard your name called?
Williams: My heart was pounding the entire night. I just hugged my mom and said we did it. It’s been a long journey. Just to finally hear my name being called, it was amazing.
Can you talk about the range of emotions from playing in The Final Four 13 days ago to having this night tonight?
Williams: It’s been a whirlwind. Preparing for this draft and everything that comes with it, it’s been a good distraction for me with everything that has happened. Now, I’m just on cloud nine.
What will you bring to the Chicago Sky?
Williams: I’m trying to bring some defense, be a playmaker for them and just make some things happen for my teammates.
Did you have expectations for where you might go tonight?
Williams: I didn’t. Maybe I should have, but I was so nervous the whole time. I was running every scenario through my head, the good ones and the bad ones. I was trying to text my mom and she was just telling me to breathe and pray. I didn’t know what was going to happen tonight.
How does it feel to see UCONN players get drafted tonight?
Williams: That’s awesome. That says so much about the program. Teams want UCONN players and that’s because what Coach [Auriemma} has done and how they developed us. I went to that program because I knew I was going to get better.
How have you gotten through the recent weeks?
Williams: Prayer. Prayer, a lot of water and not much sleep.