The Tulsa Shock have added Chanel Mokango to their list of contracted players, announced today. Mokango, who was the 9th overall selection of the 2010 draft, has struggled to find a home in the WNBA in her young career. She was released from the Atlanta Dream shortly thereafter, but did play 21 games for the Los Angeles Sparks during the 2010 season. During her time for the Sparks, Mokango recorded 72 total minutes of playing time, where she scored nine points, had 13 rebounds and blocked 10 shots.
Collegiately, Mokango played at Mississippi State where she averaged 10.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.7 blocks in 64 career games. Shock head coach Gary Kloppenburg said in a release, "Chanel is a 6-5 athletic center with shot-blocking ability. We would like to see her develop into our version of Serge Ibaka and she will have a great opportunity to do that in training camp."
If she develops into a player similar to her fellow countryman Serge Ibaka, also from the Congo, that would be marvelous. Particularly since Ibaka averages 8.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game for the West-leading Oklahoma City Thunder. Ibaka, or Air Congo, or I-block-a, as he's affectionately known, leaves Mokango with quite the comparison to try to live up to in Tulsa.