When he was hired last October, Mike Thibault, the new coach and general manager of the Washington Mystics, insisted the No. 4 pick in the WNBA draft wasn’t such a bad thing.
The Mystics finished with the WNBA’s worst record last season only to miss out on the chance to select three potential franchise players in Baylor’s Brittney Griner, Delaware’s Elena Della Donne and Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins. But Thibault believes another difference maker was playing in Columbus, Ohio.
The Mystics chose Ohio State guard Tayler Hill with the No. 4 overall pick in the first round of the 2013 WNBA draft in Bristol, Conn., Monday, hopeful that the 5-foot-10 Minneapolis native can contribute immediately to a roster that has lacked a consistent scoring threat on the wing.
“You don’t have very many good ones come along that often that have a chance to be great,” Thibault said from Verizon Center. “I think that Tayler Hill has a chance to be a star.”