Position: Forward / Center
Draft: 2021 | Oklahoma State | 2nd round (16th overall)
The Down Low
I'm excited for Natasha to invite the WNBA to the block party she's been throwing at OSU for the last two seasons. With her 6'11 wingspan, she became the nation's leading shot-blocker, averaging 4 assists per game, and winning the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. At no time was her dominance more evident than in her incredible triple-double performance in 2021 with 10 blocks, 28 points, and 17 rebounds.
She didn't always think she would be playing in the WNBA. Partway through college she stepped away from the game to start working poultry plant in her hometown. But when she came back, she made sure she was ready. Here's a Rocky-esque montage of her back home in East Texas due to the pandemic, training with her brother with stuff they had around: logs, chairs, and cement blocks. A true contender.
Natasha has bounced on and off the Chicago Sky during her rookie season due to roster limitations, but she absolutely won the crowd over. Here she is sinking a two at the end of the shot clock, and the reaction in Wintrust Arena:
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