NEW ORLEANS, LA - APRIL 09: Kelly Faris #34, Breanna Stewart #30 and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis #23 of the Connecticut Huskies run onto the court after defeating the Louisville Cardinals during the 2013 NCAA Women's Final Four Championship at New Orleans Arena on April 9, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
As expected, Brittney Griner, Elena Delle Donne and Skylar Diggins were the first three players selected in the 2013 WNBA Draft on Monday night in Bristol, Connecticut. Former Huskies standout Kelly Faris would hear her name called eight picks later when the Connecticut Sun took her 11th overall.
On Monday, we wrote that the Sun could be a potential landing spot, and hours later that's exactly what happened. Not surprisingly, Faris is embracing the opportunity.
“To be honest, I am so excited to be coming back to Connecticut,” she said via the Hartford Courant. “I wasn’t really ready to leave anyway. I’ve built a strong foundation here with so much support. I couldn’t be happier to stay here.”
Sun general manager Chris Sienko has followed Faris' college career closely and knows what she brings to the court.
“Being fortunate enough to watch her over the last four years, knowing what she can contribute, she will be a great asset to the team,” Sienko said.
And now Faris joins a Sun team with three former Huskies on the roster: Renee Montgomery, Tina Charles and Kalana Greene.
“That will be an amazing experience for me,” Faris said of playing her freshman season with Charles and Greene on UConn's national championship team. “It’s a great opportunity to be back with UConn players. I was hoping that would be the case. We have a common bond and mindset.”
As for the draft experience, which Faris attended in person, she said "I was just waiting to hear my name and the sigh of relief. My heart was beating out of my chest. I am so happy Connecticut decided to show their faith and trust in me. I’m glad I am going to have this family behind me.”