List of Connecticut Huskies in the WNBA Draft

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Sue Bird
Sue Bird was the first Connecticut Huskies alumna to be drafted first overall.

The University of Connecticut (UConn) Huskies women's basketball team has had 33 players selected in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) Draft. Twenty of those selections were in the first round of the draft; five players—Sue Bird in 2002, Diana Taurasi in 2004, Tina Charles in 2010, Maya Moore in 2011, and Breanna Stewart in 2016—were picked first overall. A Connecticut women's basketball alumna has been selected in 18 of the last 20 WNBA Drafts.[1]

Each WNBA franchise seeks to add new players through their respective annual draft. The WNBA uses a draft lottery to determine the order of selection for the first picks of the draft; the teams that did not make the playoffs the previous year are eligible to participate. After the first picks are decided, the remaining teams select in reverse order of their win–loss record.[2] The WNBA requires that players be at least 22 years old during the calendar year of the applicable seasons, have either graduated from a four-year university or have completed their intercollegiate basketball eligibility, or have played at least two seasons for another professional basketball league.[3]

In addition to the 33 draftees, two UConn women's basketball players—Rebecca Lobo in 1997 and Nykesha Sales in 1999—were allocated to specific teams during the initial formation of the WNBA.[4][5] Lobo was assigned to the New York Liberty and is considered one of the WNBA's first players.[4] Sales was the first player for the expansion Orlando Miracle;[5] the team would later relocate and become the Connecticut Sun.[6][7]

Connecticut women's basketball alumni have had a significant impact on the WNBA. Four players—Taurasi, Charles, Moore, and Stewart—were named WNBA Rookie of the Year, and three of those players—Taurasi, Charles, and Moore—later were named WNBA Most Valuable Player (MVP). Several other UConn alumni have been named to All-WNBA teams or selected as WNBA All-Stars on multiple occasions. Seven UConn players have been named to the All-Rookie Team, including three of the school's four Rookies of the Year (Taurasi's rookie season predated the 2005 establishment of the All-Rookie Team). Twelve Connecticut alumni have been part of WNBA championship teams, and one has been named WNBA Finals MVP: Maya Moore in 2013.

Player selection

Diana Taurasi
First-overall selection and UConn women's basketball alumna Diana Taurasi was named WNBA Most Valuable Player in 2009.
Tina Charles
Tina Charles was the third Connecticut player to be selected first overall, in 2010. She was named WNBA Most Valuable Player in 2012.
Maya Moore
The fourth UConn alumna to be selected first overall, Maya Moore was the 2014 WNBA Most Valuable Player.
Breanna Stewart
Breanna Stewart is the fifth and most recent UConn women's basketball player (as of 2016) to be drafted first overall, and the fourth to be named WNBA Rookie of the Year.

Allocations

Year Player name Position WNBA team[Note 1] Notes Refs
1997 Lobo, RebeccaRebecca Lobo Center / Forward New York Liberty All-WNBA Second Team (1997)
All-Star (1999)
Hall of Fame (2017)
[4][8][9]
1999 Sales, NykeshaNykesha Sales Guard / Forward Orlando Miracle All-WNBA Second Team (2004)
All-Star (1999–2006)
[5][7][10]

Regular draft

Year Rnd Pick Overall Player name Position WNBA team[Note 1] Notes Refs
1998 2 3 13 Williams, RitaRita Williams Guard Washington Mystics All-Star (2001) [11][12]
1999 3 12 36 Wolters, KaraKara Wolters Center Houston Comets WNBA champion (1999) [13][14]
1999 4 12 48 Rizzotti, JenniferJennifer Rizzotti Guard Houston Comets WNBA champion (1999, 2000) [15][16]
2000 2 15 31 Sauer, PaigePaige Sauer Center Los Angeles Sparks [17][18]
2001 1 7 7 Abrosimova, SvetlanaSvetlana Abrosimova Forward Minnesota Lynx WNBA champion (2010) [19][20]
2001 1 14 14 Schumacher, KellyKelly Schumacher Forward / Center Indiana Fever [21][22]
2001 3 8 40 Ralph, SheaShea Ralph Guard Utah Starzz [Note 2] [23]
2002 1 1 1 Bird, SueSue Bird Guard Seattle Storm WNBA champion (2004, 2010)
WNBA All-Decade Team (2006)
All-WNBA First Team (2002–05, 2016)
All-WNBA Second Team (2008, 2010, 2011)
All-Star (2002–03, 2005–07, 2009, 2011, 2014–15)
[24][25]
2002 1 2 2 Cash, SwinSwin Cash Forward Detroit Shock WNBA champion (2003, 2006, 2010)
All-WNBA Second Team (2003, 2004)
All-Star (2003, 2005, 2009, 2011)
[26][27]
2002 1 4 4 Jones, AsjhaAsjha Jones Forward Washington Mystics WNBA champion (2015)
All-WNBA Second Team (2008)
All-Star (2007, 2009)
[28][29]
2002 1 6 6 Williams, TamikaTamika Williams Forward Minnesota Lynx [30][31]
2004 1 1 1 Taurasi, DianaDiana Taurasi Guard Phoenix Mercury WNBA champion (2007, 2009, 2014)
MVP (2009)
Rookie of the Year (2004)
All-WNBA First Team (2004, 2006–11, 2013, 2014)
All-WNBA Second Team (2005, 2016)
All-Star (2005–07, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014)
[32][33]
2005 2 11 24 Moore, JessicaJessica Moore Center Charlotte Sting [34][35]
2005 2 12 25 Battle, AshleyAshley Battle Forward Seattle Storm [36][37]
2006 1 11 11 Turner, BarbaraBarbara Turner Guard Seattle Storm [38][39]
2006 2 1 15 Strother, AnnAnn Strother Guard Houston Comets [40][41]
2006 2 8 22 Willnett Crockett Forward Los Angeles Sparks [42][43]
2008 1 12 12 Swanier, KetiaKetia Swanier Guard Connecticut Sun WNBA champion (2009) [44][45]
2008 3 2 30 Houston, ChardeCharde Houston Forward Minnesota Lynx WNBA champion (2011)
All-Star (2009)
[46][47]
2009 1 4 4 Montgomery, ReneeRenee Montgomery Guard Minnesota Lynx WNBA champion (2015)
All-Star (2011)
All-Rookie Team (2009)
[48][49]
2010 1 1 1 Charles, TinaTina Charles Center Connecticut Sun Rookie of the Year (2010)
All-WNBA First Team (2011, 2012, 2015, 2016)
All-WNBA Second Team (2010, 2013, 2014)
All-Star (2011, 2013, 2014, 2015)
[50][51]
2010 3 1 27 Greene, KalanaKalana Greene Guard New York Liberty WNBA champion (2015)
All-Rookie Team (2010)
[52][53]
2011 1 1 1 Moore, MayaMaya Moore Forward Minnesota Lynx WNBA champion (2011, 2013, 2015)
MVP (2014)
Rookie of the Year (2011)
All-WNBA First Team (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
All-WNBA Second Team (2012)
All-Star (2011, 2013, 2014, 2015)
WNBA Finals MVP (2013)
All-Star Game MVP (2015)
[54][55]
2012 2 2 14 Hayes, TiffanyTiffany Hayes Guard Atlanta Dream All-Rookie Team (2012) [56]
2013 1 11 11 Faris, KellyKelly Faris Guard Connecticut Sun [57]
2014 1 6 6 Dolson, StefanieStefanie Dolson Forward Washington Mystics All-Star (2015) [58]
2014 1 7 7 Hartley, BriaBria Hartley Guard Seattle Storm All-Rookie Team (2014) [58]
2015 1 3 3 Mosqueda-Lewis, KaleenaKaleena Mosqueda-Lewis Forward Seattle Storm [59]
2015 1 11 11 Stokes, KiahKiah Stokes Center New York Liberty All-Rookie Team (2015) [59]
2016 1 1 1 Stewart, BreannaBreanna Stewart Forward / Center Seattle Storm Rookie of the Year (2016)
All-WNBA Second Team (2016)
All-Rookie Team (2016)
[60]
2016 1 2 2 Jefferson, MoriahMoriah Jefferson Guard San Antonio Stars [60]
2016 1 3 3 Tuck, MorganMorgan Tuck Forward Connecticut Sun [60]
2017 3 2 26 Chong, SaniyaSaniya Chong Guard Dallas Wings [61]

Notes

  1. ^ a b This is the team that drafted the player, not the player's most recent team.
  2. ^ Despite being drafted, Shea Ralph would never play in the WNBA. After suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her left knee in February 2002—the third ACL tear in her left knee and her fifth ACL tear overall—she opted to retire.[23]

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External links

  • Connecticut Huskies official website
  • WNBA official website
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