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Wednesday, April 06, 2016

UConn's Tuck to turn pro

Last night Morgan Tuck said she had not received clearance from UConn associate head coach Chris Dailey to reveal her intentions for next year even though her coaches and teammates have been referring to her in the past tense when discussing next year probably since the middle of January.

Today was supposed to be the day she made it official and when I asked her if it would take place at the championship rally, she said she wasn't sure. There was good reason for that as she made her announcement via ESPN saying "I won't be returning to UConn, I'm going into the draft this year," Tuck told ESPN.

Tuck, who received my vote for Final Four Most Outstanding Player, is coming off an impressive postseason run. She finished as UConn's ninth all-time leading scorer in the NCAA tournament with 282 points which is all the more impressive considering she did not play in the 2014 tournament due to a knee surgery caused by bone bruises. With her knee issues, the move makes total sense. While I don't profess to know what Connecticut Sun Curt Miller is thinking but with the Sun holding the third and fourth picks in the upcoming WNBA Draft, I'd say it is more likely than not that Tuck lands in Connecticut. She would be a nice fit in the frontcourt playing with Chiney Ogwumike and Kelsey Bone with her passing and perimeter shooting ability.

There's a chance that UConn players could go No. 1, 2 and 3 in the draft since Breanna Stewart is a no-brainer first overall pick which is owned by Seattle while I would be surprised if San Antonio passes on Moriah Jefferson with the second pick.

She is the second player with remaining eligibility to declare for the draft as Michigan State's Aerial Powers, another versatile forward, is also entering the draft. A year ago Jewell Loyd and Amanda Zahui B. were the top two picks after taking advantage of a rule where they can declare for the draft if they turn 22 during the calendar year in which the draft is held.

While Tuck and Powers won't be going in the top two picks, they could shake up the first round a bit.

Speaking of the first round, this will be the eighth time in the last nine years that at least one UConn product will be taken in the first round and the third year in a row that more than one former Husky went in the first round.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


Tuck was the star in the first half of the semi-final, when it was a game. Stewart took herself out of the first half and did her damage in the second half after the game was over. Tuck was the MOP for the semi-final.

Other than Chong's one and done appearance in the 3rd quarter last night, Tuck was played the worst of the UConn players participating in that bizzarre mysterious 3rd quarter. Tuck took herself out of MOP contention. Jefferson took herself out of MOP contention as well, when she, along with Nurse, decided to dribble into Syracuse press during the 3rd quarter.

I personally voted for Briana Pulido as MOP. :-)

3:56 PM 

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