The WNBA Draft has kicked off in predictable fashion with Breanna Stewart going first overall to the Seattle Storm.
Stewart capped off a spectacular senior season by leading UConn to a fourth straight national championship, and did so fittingly over her hometown team, the Syracuse Orange.
The 6-foot-4 forward finished her senior season averaging 19.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, and just under four assists per game. Her parents probably had to add a new wing to the trophy room after her collegiate career, where she earned four Final Four MOP awards, every national player of the year award the past two seasons, and was an All-American her final three years in Storrs.
Stewart will be joining a Seattle team with former teammate Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, who was the first Husky off the draft board last year at third overall. Teammate Kiah Stokes was picked 11th in that same draft by the New York Liberty.
UConn legend Sue Bird is also on the Storm, who will be looking to Stewart to replace another legend in Lauren Jackson, who announced her retirement just a few weeks ago. Jackson was the first overall pick back in 2001, winning three MVP awards and ending her career in the top-ten in league history in points (6th), rebounds (8th), and blocks (3rd), and is the franchise leader in all three categories for the Storm.
Best of luck to Breanna Stewart in the next chapter of her basketball career!