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Tayler Hill of Ohio State was the fourth pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft to the Washington Mystics.
The top three spots in the 2013 WNBA draft went exactly as scripted, but the order that the remaining draftees would be chosen was a mystery until their names were called. Ohio State's Tayler Hill was the No. 4 over all pick by the Washington Mystics, and was the first of what was characterized as the "other draft" - meaning the players that were drafter after Griner, Delle Donne and Diggins. The two-time All Big 10 player now finds herself part of a 3-1 team that is enjoying an energetic renaissance under new head coach Mike Thibault. We caught up with Hill who shared what it's like to be part of the Mystics, what she likes to do in her spare time, and more.
Full Court: How do you like Washington D.C.?
Tayler Hill: I love D.C. Everything is close, so I can avoid traffic.
FC: I know being drafted early was a bit emotional for you. What was the process like?
TH: It was definitely a blessing being drafted - it meant a lot. I had talked to coach Thibault a bit beforehand, so he and I already had a good relationship. Thirty minutes before the draft started, he texted me and told me they were going to choose me. It was very exciting.
FC: What is it like to play for coach Thibault?
TH: He's the best coach I've ever had. His X's and O's are at an all-time high; his basketball IQ is amazing.
FC: What has your transition from college to pro ball been like?
TH: No surprises. The pace and the physicality are much more intense. I'm not overwhelmed, though; the vets did a good job of making me feel welcome.
FC: How else have the veterans helped you?
TH: Since day one, it's been Crystal (Langhorne) and Mo (Currie). Mo, especially, has been in my corner. She's taken me under her wing and lets me know when I'm doing wrong, as well as what I'm doing right.
FC: What do you like to do when you're not playing basketball?
TH: I'm really a homebody at heart. When I do go out, it's movies, bowling or shopping.
FC: What do you do to prepare for a game?
TH: I listen to music. And praying is what I've got to do.
FC: I bet your family and friends are proud of you.
TH: Yes - they were at my preseason games, and my best friend is here now.
FC: Are you having fun?
TH: Yes I am. There are no days off, and that's 100 percent of the time. There are days when my body is tired. But we are a great team and we get along; we trust each other. The chemistry is not quite there yet, but we're making progress.
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