Another WNBA Draft and three more No. 1 picks coming out of UConn. Consider it business as usual.
Beginning with the 2001 draft when Svetlana Abrosimova and Kelly Schumacher were both first-round picks, a record 23 No. 1 picks have come out of UConn's program.
When Gabby Williams was selected by Chicago with the fourth overall pick, she became the 12th former Husky to be a top five pick. Azura' Stevens and Kia Nurse were taken with picks No. 6 and 10 by Dallas and New York respectively giving UConn 17 top 10 selections.
"It speaks volumes of the UConn program as a whole what Geno, Chris and company have created and sustained and that is what is so impressive, the sustained success is unmatched and unparalleled in our game," Connecticut Sun coach and general manager Curt Miller said. "It also underratedly speaks to their player development. They get great players but they also develop great players and players we are all anxious to get our hands on at the pro level."
Those numbers figure to grow next year when Napheesa Collier and Katie Lou Samuelson figure to be among the top prospects in what will be a star-studded draft class.
What's interesting about last night is that the three teams which drafted UConn players already had former Huskies on their roster meaning that Indiana, Los Angeles and Washington remain the only teams currently without a UConn product on its roster.
Atlanta: Tiffany Hayes, Renee Montgomery
Chicago: Stefanie Dolson, Gabby Williams
Connecticut: Morgan Tuck
Dallas: Natalie Butler (also drafted last night), Saniya Chong, Azura' Stevens
Las Vegas: Moriah Jefferson
Minnesota: Maya Moore
New York: Tina Charles, Kelly Faris, Bria Hartley, Kia Nurse, Kiah Stokes
Phoenix: Diana Taurasi
Seattle: Sue Bird, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Breanna Stewart
Williams is set to be the first of the rookies out of UConn to make her professional debut when Chicago hosts Atlanta on May 6. The next day Butler, Nurse and Stevens could make their WNBA debuts at Mohegan Sun Arena as part of a four-game, two-day preseason tournament.