Edwards Transfer Not a Surprise

'You have to be all in,' Auriemma said.


Last week, Geno Auriemma announced that freshman Sadie Edwards will transfer just seven games into her Huskies career. But the coach later said that the decision to leave UConn wasn't a surprise.

“I said, ‘Hopefully you learned something while you were here and hopefully you have a better idea of what it is going to take to play college basketball at this level. If there is anything we can do to help you land the right place for you, certainly we are going to do that,’ ” Auriemma said, via SNY.com's Carl Adamec. “It didn’t work. It didn’t work. ...

“You have to be all in. At this level you have to be all in, 100 percent, everything," he continued. "Everybody thinks it’s going to be a lot easier than it is. It always looks great from the outside, because what do you see from the outside? You see the crowds, the adulation, the Final Fours, the parades, all the All-Americans. What you don’t see is how all that comes about. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.”

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had an idea Edwards might leave.

“I’m not necessarily surprised that she left. I am surprised that it happened as quickly as it did,” she said. “She just wasn’t happy. You could tell she wasn’t happy that she wasn’t playing, and her demeanor just changed over the past couple of months. You could tell that it was deteriorating more and more the more she wasn’t playing.

“It takes a lot for people to stay here all four years. But it also takes a lot for someone to know when enough is enough and how much you can handle. And I think that she did the right thing by looking at what she can handle and what’s best for herself.”

Freshmen Courtney Ekmark, Gabby Williams and Kia Nurse remain from the 2014 class, and the 2015 class currently includes the nation's best high school player in Katie Lou Samuelson, and Napheesa Collier, De’Janae Boykin and Crystal Dangerfield are top-10 players. There's also Georgetown transfer (and 2013-14 Big East freshman of the year) Natalie Butler.

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