Stewart top pick in WNBA draft
UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Breanna Stewart, Moriah Jefferson and Morgan Tuck had historic careers at UConn. The trio made more history Thursday night in the WNBA as the top three picks in the draft.
Stewart went first to the Seattle Storm, Jefferson second to San Antonio and Tuck third to Connecticut. It's the first time that the top three picks came from the same school.
"When you look at our senior class it speaks for itself going one, two, three," Stewart said. "Lots of comparisons between past UConn teams and this one, when we do things that make history, that's saying it all."
Stewart was talking to the media when she heard that Tuck was drafted third by the Sun.
"I'm so happy," she said. "That made me more happy than being No. 1 overall. To see her go through all that she's been through, to leave with us and then for us to go 1-2-3 that's picture perfect."
No draft in any major sport has ever had the top three picks come from the same school according to information provided to the WNBA by the Elias Sports Bureau.
The WNBA has had two of the first three players come from the same school on three separate occasions. The closest to the top three being from the same team was in 2002 when UConn had players taken first, second, fourth and sixth.
The 6-foot-4 Stewart averaged 19.4 points and 8.7 rebounds to lead the Huskies to a fourth consecutive national championship earlier this month. She became the first player in NCAA history to earn most outstanding player of the Final Four all four years.
Rachel Banham went fourth to Connecticut. The Minnesota guard tied the NCAA record this season with 60 points in a game.
Michigan State's Aerial Powers went fifth to Dallas while George Washington's Jonquel Jones was picked sixth by Los Angeles. Soon after getting drafted she was later traded to Connecticut for Chelsea Gray and the Sun's No. 1 draft pick next year. The teams also traded a few picks in the second and third round of Thursday's draft.