Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer went into the WNBA draft looking to bolster New York's frontcourt and improve the team's athleticism.
He accomplished both, getting the players he wanted with the Liberty's two first-round picks Monday night with the selections of Texas A&M's Kelsey Bone fifth overall and Oklahoma State's Toni Young at No. 7.
''They're the two picks we targeted for a long time,'' Laimbeer said in a telephone interview from Bristol, Conn., where the draft took place. ''Especially Toni Young, for three months we've been drooling over her being on the New York Liberty team. And when Kelsey Bone made noise that she was coming out, we also targeted her as a good player for us.''
Bone, who played one season at South Carolina before transferring to Texas A&M, averaged 14.2 points and 8.1 rebounds in two years with the Aggies. The 6-foot-4 center had one season of eligibility remaining, but is set to graduate next month and decided she was ready to turn pro.
Young, a ...