The WNBA completed its 2020 Draft on Friday. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the draft went by relatively quiet. There was not a lot of hype or fuss leading up to the draft. However, there was one individual that I was interested in. Her name is Kylee Shook. My interest in where she ended up is because she graduated from the school that employees me, Mesa Ridge High School.
Shook graduated from Mesa Ridge in May of 2016. She had a fantastic high school career. She was a McDonald’s All-American in 2016. Shook finished her high school career as the leading rebounder in the State of Colorado (1,299). The 6’4” forward also finished as the state’s leading shot-blocker (620). That number is just a mere 184 more blocks than the previous state record holder.
Other accolades for Kylee Shook include:
1,794 Career Points
Class 4-A Player of the Year (2015)
2x First-Team Class 4-A All-State Selection (’15, ’16)
State Championship (2014)
Averaged 27 PPG as a senior (2016)
Denver Post First-Team All-State as a freshman (’12-’13)
WBCA High School All-America Honorable Mention (’16)
Kylee Shook had offers from the University of Washington, University of Colorado, and the University of Louisville. She ultimately chose Louisville over the other two schools to continue her playing career and education.
Shook was a four-year contributor for the Cardinals. She made her debut in her first year against the University of Tennessee Martin and her career grew from there. As a freshman, she played in 35 games, started 13, and led the team with 34 blocks.
Her sophomore season saw her defensive skills grow. She again led the Cardinals in blocks. This season with 51. That total was good enough to give Kylee the third-best season in Cardinals history.
Her junior season saw even more improvement. Shook was becoming a defensive monster. She completed her junior season with 52 blocks. Placing her the third-best season all-time in Louisville history. Besting her own record from the previous season. She ranked 5th in ACC tournament play this season in blocked shots, averaging 1.7/game. Shook finished her junior season ranked 5th in the ACC in blocks, averaging 1.5/game.
Kylee Shook showed her defensive prowess in her senior season. She had 86 blocks setting the single-season record for Louisville. She finished her Cardinals career with 223 blocks. That was good enough to set the school record previously set by Angel McCoughtry (’06-’09). Shook was All-ACC First Team and All-ACC Defensive Team. She was also ACC Defensive Player of the Year. In addition, Shook was a part of a senior class that set a record for wins (125) and fewest losses (19).
All of the above is now moving to the ultimate level for any athlete, becoming a professional. On Friday, Shook reached that level when the New York Liberty selected her in the second round of the 2020 WBA Draft. Kylee Shook will now get a chance to don her defensive skills at the highest level. It will be nice to see if she continue her block fest against the best female basketball players in the world.
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