UNCASVILLE, Conn. (WTNH)–They just can’t stop making history.
Just over a week after UConn’s Breanna Stewart, Moriah Jefferson and Morgan Tuck won an unprecedented fourth straight national championship, the Huskies trio re-wrote the record books again by becoming the first players from the same school ever to be selected 1-2-3 in the WNBA Draft.
Stewart was taken with the No. 1 overall pick by the Seattle Storm, in one of the easiest decisions in draft history. The three-time National Player of the Year and four-time Final Four Most Outstanding Player averaged 19.4 points and 8.7 rebounds per game for UConn this past season.
Stewart probably could have started looking for apartments in Seattle in September, when the Storm won the WNBA’s draft lottery, but she said hearing her name called was still special.
“To actually see it happen, to actually be drafted that’s a memory that you’ll remember forever,” she told ESPN’s Holly Rowe. “Coming from UConn, having a championship mentality, I just want to have an impact in all different ways.”
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Jefferson was next, chosen by the San Antonio Stars at No. 2.
Her selection marked the first time since 2002 that two players from the same school had been taken with the first two picks (UConn’s Sue Bird and Swin Cash). Jefferson, who is from Glenn Heights, Texas, now gets to play close to home.
“My heart was beating out of my chest,” Jefferson told ESPN’s Holly Rowe. “I’m really excited to go to San Antonio, it’s close to home, and to get to do it in front of all of my home fans from UConn, it’s amazing.”
Morgan Tuck went third overall to the Connecticut Sun, meaning she’s staying ‘home’.
“You guys wanted me for one more year, and look, I’m still here,” Tuck told a raucous crowd at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville on Thursday night.
The Sun also selected Minnesota guard Rachel Banham, a carefree scorer who put up 52 points in a game in February to break the all-time Big Ten record. That performance even drew her praise from Kobe Bryant.
New Haven native Bria Holmes was taken with the 11th overall pick by the Atlanta Dream. The former Hillhouse star scored over 2,000 points and was a three-time all-Big 12 selection at West Virginia.