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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Connecticut Sun to pick first in WNBA draft

The Connecticut Sun will pick first in the WNBA Draft.

The Sun, which had a WNBA worst 10-24 record, had a 44-percent chance to earn the No. 1 overall pick in Tuesday's draft lottery.

The Sun limped to the worst record in franchise history as only Kelsey Griffin and Kalana Greene were able to play in every game. Perennial All-Star Asjha Jones opted to sit out the season to allow her body to heal and Danielle McCray tore her Achilles while playing overseas. Once the season began, Connecticut's core players Tina Charles, Allison Hightower, Kara Lawson, Renee Montgomery and Tan White combined to miss 66 games.

Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike, Maryland's Alyssa Thomas, Baylor's Odyssey Sims, the Notre Dame duo of Natalie Achonwa and Kayla McBride, Duke's Chelsea Gray and UConn's Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley are among the top prospects available in the draft.

“The beautiful thing about this is that we can go in a number of different directions,” Sun head coach Anne Donovan said. “We’re still in the process of looking at last year’s roster, and looking at the health issues that we’ve had, and just trying to determine what direction we’ll go in. That’s the beauty. We are in the driver’s seat to pick who we need. We could possibly go with a small forward to complement Tina (Charles). There are great point guards in the draft as well, so there’s evaluation still to be done to see what direction we go.”

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