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Williams Drafted 15th Overall to New York Liberty

Senior guard Kamiko Williams was drafted as the 15th overall pick to the New York Liberty Monday night. She becomes the 35th Lady Vol to continue her career in the WNBA, and the fifth to join the Liberty. Williams will join former Tennessee center Kelley Cain in the Big Apple.

Liberty head coach Bill Laimbeer said about Williams:
"I am very intrigued by Kamiko Williams also. I think she has great patience, some will say poise. Smart basketball player. She's not afraid, and that's one of the trademarks of our basketball teams. I think we got bigger and more athletic. We got some good defenders, too."

Check out what the media had to say about Williams' big move:
espnW: Draft grades: Liberty score an A
Knox News Sentinel: Kamiko Williams picked in second round of WNBA draft
Inside Tennessee: Kamiko Williams drafted by New York
Clarksville Leaf Chronicle: Former Northeast star drafted by Liberty
Stars and Stripes: Former Kaiserslautern star Williams selected in WNBA Draft
Associated Press: Liberty bolster frontcourt, picking Kelsey Bone and Toni Young in 1st round of WNBA draft

Spani, Williams Await WNBA Draft




On Monday night at ESPN Headquarters in Bristol, Conn., the WNBA Draft will get underway, and female players from coast to coast and beyond will be watching to see where their basketball dreams take them next.

Two seniors from Tennessee will be among the interested viewers, hoping to become the 35th and 36th Lady Vols to continue their careers in the WNBA. Seniors Taber Spani (Lee's Summit, Mo.) and Kamiko Williams (Clarksville, Tenn.) are not projected to be taken in the first round, which will be televised on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. Eastern time. The UT players, however, could hear their names called during the second or third rounds, which will be shown on ESPNU from 9-10:30 p.m. ET.

The telecast will also be available online at WatchESPN.com and on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app.

Spani, a 6-foot-1 guard/forward, is ranked 35th in CollegeSportsMadness.com's WNBA Draft Rankings and Profiles. Williams, a 5-11 guard, is 37th on the list, which profiles the draft's top 40 prospects. Full Court has Williams going with the 22nd pick to the L.A. Sparks in its two-round mock draft.

Here are some stories about the WNBA Draft, Tennessee's draft candidates and a profile on Taber Spani's grandfather, Frosty Westering, who passed away over the weekend. Westering also had special meaning to UT's softball staff, as Co-Head Coach Ralph Weekly coached alongside Westering as his special teams coach for nine seasons, and Weekly's son, Marc, played quarterback for them at Pacific Lutheran University. Westering, Ralph and Marc Weekly and Karen Weekly, Ralph's wife and UT's other co-head softball coach, all are members of the PLU Hall of Fame.

--Knoxville News Sentinel: Kamiko Williams, Taber Spani candidates for WNBA draft
--CollegeSportsMadness.com: WNBA Draft Rankings and Profiles
--WNBA Mock Draft:
WNBA Mock Draft Blog
--FullCourt.com: WNBA 2013 draft preview: One, two, three, and then...



Manning Presents $500K To Summitt Foundation

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The Knoxville News Sentinel has this story: Manning presents Summitt's foundation with donation and Photo Gallery

University of Tennessee football great Peyton Manning signed a large, ceremonial check this afternoon and added a touching note at the Cherokee Country Club, officially gifting the Pat Summitt Foundation with its largest donation to date.

"To Pat," he wrote, "together we will win."

The $500,000 commitment, made by Manning and his wife, Ashley, is the largest gift so far to the Pat Summitt Foundation, which formed soon after the Lady Vols coach emeritus announced her Alzheimer's disease diagnosis in 2011.

The four-time NFL MVP and current Denver Broncos quarterback was joined at the presentation by Tyler Summitt, who co-founded the organization with his mother, and foundation board chair Jim Haslam.

Pat Summitt spoke briefly, expressing her gratitude.

"This is a special, special day and it belongs to all of you as well as us," she said. "And obviously, Peyton, you're the best."

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