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Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Connecticut Sun cuts 2nd and 3rd-round draft picks

With Renee Montgomery planning to report to training camp tomorrow, the Connecticut Sun needed to make at least one roster move to remain at or under the 15-player roster limit.

As it turns out, the Sun cut a pair of players and it was two of the team's three picks in last month's WNBA draft who got let go.

Anna Prins is a 6-foot-7 center out of Iowa State who was taken with the 23rd overall pick while former South Florida guard Andrea Smith was taken with the 35th overall pick.

While both seemed like long shots to make the final roster, it is surprising to see draft picks cut loose so early in camp. In Prins case, I'd have to say that free agent Latoya Williams strong showing in camp probably sealed her fate.

Smith was one of the players who impressed me when I watched the Sun scrimmage last night but Connecticut is so deep on the perimeter that she got caught up in the numbers game.

This brings the roster to 14 which is under the maximum training-camp limit and three over the regular-season max. In my opinion, I would think nine players (Tina Charles, Kelly Faris, Kelsey Griffin, Kalana Greene, Allison Hightower, Kara Lawson, Mistie Mims, Renee Montgomery and Tan White) will earn roster spots leaving five players vying for two spots. It would make sense for one of them to be a perimeter player and the other a post player. If that is the way it plays out, one spot could come down to veteran Natasha Lacy going against Johannah Leedham while former first round pick Ashley Walker joins fellow free agents Chatilla van Grisven and Williams as post players fighting it out. Of course with a new coaching staff, it is possible a surprise or two could be coming by the time the Sun gets down to its 11-player roster.

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