(WTNH)–UConn senior forward Breanna Stewart may want to start studying a map of Seattle.
Though she’s still got one year left in college, the three-time Final Four Most Outstanding Player and three-time NCAA champion will likely begin her professional playing career in the great Northwest, as the Seattle Storm won the WNBA Draft Lottery on Thursday night.
The 6-4 Stewart is the consensus No. 1 pick, and considered the clear-cut prize of the draft.
“She’s kind of the future in terms of her versatility,” Storm head coach Jenny Boucek said. “Coming from a program like UConn–a quarter of our team could possibly be UConn players. We like that.”
“We’ve had good success with UConn players in the past, so if we decide to go that direction, we’d be really pleased to have her. We’re trying to put in a system that’s becoming more and more positionless, so she would be a good fit there if we decide to take her at No. 1.”
“UConn players are pro-ready,” Boucek said. “I think Geno [Auriemma] does an incredible job of, first of all choosing players that have that ‘it’ factor, but he also cultivates it. The culture that he’s created, the eye that he has for not just the most athletic players all the time, or not necessarily always even the most talented, but the best basketball players and teammates and winners is something that has translated really well into the WNBA.”
The Connecticut Sun earned the third pick in the draft. The Sun finished the season 15-19, last place in the Eastern Conference.
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2016 WNBA Draft Lottery presented by State Farm
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