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Friday, June 05, 2015

UConn gets a player, Sun lose a star

My timing was impeccable.

I decided to take a rare basketball-free Friday night, it's not like anything major was going to happen, right?

Oh, you mean other that Tabor Academy guard Molly Bent committing to UConn and the Connecticut Sun announcing that reigning WNBA Rookie of the Year Chiney Ogwumike would not play for the team this season.

Let's start with the commitment of Bent, a 5-foot-9 guard who scored 1,001 points in two seasons at Barnstable High before transferring to Tabor Academy where she repeated her sophomore season.

Bent is also a dynamic soccer player who according to Carl Adamec of the Manchester Journal Inquirer and SNY Bent was on campus for a visit on Wednesday and she committed the next day.

She joins Crystal Dangerfield, a member of the U.S. team playing in the FIBA U19 World Championships, and Kyla Irwin as commitments from the Class of 2016.

After the season-opening loss to the Washington Mystics Connecticut Sun coach Anne Donovan informed the media that Ogwumike will not play this season. The original hope was that Ogwumike would return at some point this season after undergoing knee surgery.

"We made the decision this week that Chiney will not come back this season," Donovan said. "The six to nine month prognosis that she had, although she is getting better every day, it’s a lot of pressure for her to come back. Her doctors and ours chewed it over and decided that a 100 percent healthy Chiney is the best that we can hope for."

2 Comments:

Blogger JC said...

Bent's commitment sure came out of nowhere! Sounds like a great kid. I wonder if this closes the book on guards from the 2016 class. We've heard of UConn's interest in both Ionescu and Chou but neither seem to have a strong interest in UConn. Does Geno look to add a post player (Cox or McCoy) and then call it a class? Interested in your thoughts on that Jim.

2:49 PM 
Blogger Jim Fuller said...

UConn's still pursuing Cox. While the staff's wish list changes (as proven by this news) I think the other big kid they seem to be going after the hardest is 6-foot-9 Felicia Aiyeotan. I'd be very surprised to see any other perimeter players in the Class of 2016.

4:12 PM 

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