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Friday, May 12, 2017

Former UConn guard Kelly Faris cut by Connecticut Sun

Former UConn guard Kelly Faris was one of two players waived by the Connecticut Sun as the roster needs to be down to the WNBA maximum 12 players by 5 p.m. today.

Faris was a first-round pick of Connecticut in 2013 who appeared in 112 games during her four seasons with the team making 12 starts.

Faris averaged 2.1 points, 1.6 rebounds and 0.7 assists in her time with the Sun. She was the active player with the longest continuous tenure with the team. Alex Bentley and Alyssa Thomas, who joined the Sun in 2014, now hold that distinction.

Former DePaul guard Jessica January, who was taken by Connecticut in the third round of the 2017 WNBA Draft, was also cut.

That left one player to be cut as the last two players to be signed by the Sun - Jordan Hooper and Adaora Elonu were left to compete for one spot. Elonu was informed that she was being waived. Hooper is one of four new players on the roster joining first-round pick Brionna Jones, Danielle Adams and Lynetta Kizer.

What's interesting about Hooper is that the Dallas franchise, then in Tulsa, acquired the second-round pick from the Connecticut Sun in exchange for Kayla Pedersen.

With Faris' departure, there will be 14 UConn players on WNBA rosters to start the season one shy of the record set by UConn in 2016. The 14 alums matches Tennessee, which had 14 of its former players on WNBA rosters during the 2008 season.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim -

Do you know if Kelly has ever communicated her interests after life as a professional basketball player?

I wonder if she would be interested in giving back to the sport of basketball and get into coaching at some level.

3:31 PM 

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