Normally on draft day, a player who has the potential of being selected by a professional team, sits by the TV surrounded by friends, family and cameras, waiting nervously for their name to be called.
But for Kamiko Williams, draft day was a day used for completing some unfinished business: her homework.
On Monday, Williams was drafted by the New York Liberty with the 15th overall pick in the WNBA Draft. "Corinne (Milien, former UT graduate assistant) called, and I was actually doing homework," Williams said. "She just called me and told me to turn on the TV. I was excited, but at the same time I know it's a business and I want to stay focused."
Even though Williams probably wouldn't have been considered a possible draft selection a year ago, her play on the court this season when she averaged 7.4 points per game, 4.2 rebounds a game and 2.5 assists per game, which made it possible.
"(It was) probably when Coach Law and Coach Elzy pulled me into the office and told me if I keep playing the way I'm playing and keep it up, my chances and my stock would go up," Williams said. "But I tried not to look at that. I just wanted to get this team as far as it could go, and the Elite Eight is what we did."
Her impact on the team from a leadership standpoint, along with fellow senior Taber Spani0 in the absence of Pat Summitt this season, was probably even more telling than Williams' on-the-court skills.
A big factor for Williams being able to turn it around this season was the tutelage given to her by assistant coach Kyra Elzy, a former Lady Vol, who helped the guard grow on and off the hardwood.
"Coach Elzy helped me on and off the court to mature and become the person that I am," Williams said. "She instilled confidence in me and told me just to go out there and play to the best of my ability. At the same time she was staying on me, she let me play the game of basketball I know how to play. It worked out for the best...
"I looked to her and told her 'don't change your phone number,' because I am sure I'll keep calling her every other day, if not every day."
While the second round pick was excited about being selected, she was also upset to hear that her best friend, Spani, was not drafted in the WNBA Draft.
"Taber is a great player, and I feel like she should have (been drafted). I hope there's a team out there that will give her a chance, because she can bring something great to the team. I know she wants to," Williams said.
With New York City calling, it would be be easy for Williams to mail it in for the rest of the semester and focus on her upcoming WNBA career, but she said that nothing has changed and everyday will be business as usual.
"I'm working out, doing everything with the girls' (team)," Williams said. "We play pick-up twice, maybe three times a week, and I'm going to run with them tomorrow with Heather. Of course, I texted Coach Elzy, and we're going to get in the gym and she's going to work me out before I get (to New York). Still, just go to class, same routine, nothing's really changed."