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UConn alum set another mark. Sun have a quality draft.

POSTED April 14, 2016
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney


UNCASVILLE- There was a different feel to the 2016 WNBA Draft on Thursday night at the place that brags that dreams can come true.

For three former University of Connecticut women’s basketball players, the dream that started when they were more than likely in grammar school, this place did represent dreams that came true.

The first two picks of the draft had been written in stone, everybody knew Breanna Stewart and Moriah Jefferson were going to go first and second but the third pick was more of a gamble in a place that represents just that.

Stewart is now a member of the Seattle Storm, a team that features two pretty familiar faces in Sue Bird and Kalenna Mosqueda-Lewis and is looking to build on a fairly awful season in which they posted a 10-24 mark.

Jefferson, a Texas native, will play her pro ball closer to home with the San Antonio Stars who posted an even tougher 8-26 nark in 2015.

The third member of the divine trio that is fresh off winning four consecutive National Championships, Morgan Tuck, was a bit of a roll of the dice but by no means a snake-eyes roll.

Tuck was either going to stay in Connecticut as the third overall pick or, it seemed, the fourth overall.

Turns out it was the third, giving the Huskies trio another first in a long line of first. This marked the first time in WNBA history that the first three picks came from the same team.

Tuck got the largest applause from the UConn faithful on hand as they get to keep one of their favorites playing in a place where she had considerable success during her time with UConn.

The Sun didn’t stop there. First year head coach Curt Miller also got the second player that he wanted this year when Connecticut picked up Rachel Banham from Minnesota.

Banham had been in the spotlight over the last couple of weeks because of a 60-point effort she had against Northwestern and her admiration of Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant, something that culminated with her meeting the retiring star earlier this year.

The Sun, looking to take advantage of their position in the draft that saw them have the third and fourth overall pick, also made a trade to bring back a former Sun, Jonquel Jones, who they drafted after trading Chelsea Gray to move up.

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