The future of UConn women’s basketball is in good hands with incoming freshman Sadie Edwards, a local girl who spent the first season of her high school career at Mercy in Middletown before transferring to Nazareth High in Brooklyn and then Blair Academy in New Jersey.
Edwards grew up loving the Huskies, going to games and watching them on TV. “I had never been to a game where the fans stood before the first basket was scored,” Edwards said about the first game she ever attended. “That the fans were that excited and into the game was just awesome to see.”
She said she models her game after some of her favorite Lady Huskies, including Sue Bird, Shea Ralph, Renee Montgomery and Bria Hartley.
Hartley might be the best comparison to Edwards. Both are combo guards who can bring the ball up the court, attack the basket and knock down contested jumpers. Both also wear the number 14.
“I loved watching Bria,” Edwards said. “Ever since she was a freshman, she came out and was so talented and so fearless on the court. I knew I could watch her and learn a lot from her.”
She won’t get the chance to play alongside Hartley, who will graduate this spring and will be balling with the WNBA’s Washington Mystics this summer. But she will get her shot at replacing her.
She can barely contain her excitement.
“I can’t wait to get to practice,” Edwards said. I think I’ll learn a lot from the best players in the country. It’ll be an amazing experience, and I’m so excited.”
“It’s all I’ve been thinking about,” she said.
“I just think I can bring to the team whatever it needs. I’m going to try and do whatever I have to do to help us win games,” Edwards said. “The way they play is a beautiful thing to watch, and to be a part of it is just an honor.”
She called the decision to come to UConn a “no-brainer,” and said she can’t wait to join her new Huskies family.
Huskies fans can’t wait, either.