UConn's Tuck to turn pro
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.