The Tulsa Shock selected Tennessee's Glory Johnson with the fourth pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft.
The SEC's Defensive Player of the Year averaged 14.2 points, 9.9 rebounds, 1.1 blocks and 1.4 steals on 53.8 percent shooting from the field last season.
She will be expected to make a significant contribution immediately.
"She's one of those players, she reminds me of Tamika Catchings coming out of college," head coach Gary Kloppenburg said. "She has a high octane motor. We know we have some work to do offensively to get her better but one thing we know is that she's a workaholic, she will be put the time in."
"I'm just really excited. The draft was so unpredictable, I'm just really excited to come to Tulsa and make an impact," Johnson said. "It's a young team that's still developing. It's good that I can come in and help this team develop and help as much as possible defensively and offensively and even being a leader, being a vocal leader on the bench. I want to help this team in any way I can."