Apr 13, 2012 9:36 PM by Bill Halter
Santa Maria native Kristina Santiago isn't sure if she'll get picked in Monday's WNBA Draft but is excited to find out. After a senior season at Cal Poly in which she won the Big West Player of the Year award for a second time and was the fifth leading scorer in the nation, Santiago is on the radar of the twelve WNBA teams.
The draft which starts at 11:00 a.m. Pacific time on Monday has three rounds for a total of 36 picks. It can be seen on ESPN 2.
Santiago participated in a predraft camp in Denver earlier this month at the Final Four. She says she played well against the other top draft prospects and showed the ability to play on the perimeter by hitting some three pointers and driving to the basket off the dribble. Santiago says she also pleased the scouts with her height. "I did hear that a lot of people were impressed with my size. Because I am listed at 6'1" so I think a lot of people thought, oh she's going to be 5'10". I'm actually about 6'2" said Santiago.
Santiago has hired an agent to help with her quest to become a professional basketball player. She hopes to get drafted by a WNBA team or earn a roster spot during training camp but would be plenty happy with the back up plan of playing over seas. "I'm really excited, obviously I grew on the Central Coast, I went to school here on the Central Coast. I'm just ready to get out and travel. Get some new experiences under my belt" said Santiago.
Santiago says she has no expectations going into the draft, she plans on watching it with family and friends in Santa Maria. "Maybe get a little barbeque and just see what happens, I don't want it to be a real pressured situation. I don't want to feel awkward if it doesn't go my way."
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