Renee Montgomery led Geno Auriemma's UConn Huskies to the NCAA National Championship two days before being drafted on Thursday.
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Two days after winning the NCAA National Championship with the University of Connecticut, Renee Montgomery was selected with the fourth overall pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft by the Minnesota Lynx.
It was one heck of a three-day span for the All-American. On Tuesday, she was in St. Louis, where she helped lead UConn to an undefeated season and national title. On Wednesday, she was in Connecticut, celebrating the championship with her teammates and fans. On Thursday, she was in Secaucus, N.J. for the draft and now she will be heading to Minnesota as WNBA training camps open in just over a month.
Not only has Montgomery been racking up the frequent flyer miles, she has also been through a wide arrange of emotions in such a short period of time.
"It's been a roller coaster,” she said. “We had such great emotions after winning a national championship. I was just relieved that we really did it, but also shocked. Then going from there to now being anxious and nervous about where I'm going to play and who I'm going to be playing with; It was a lot of different emotions all at once."
Happiness took over when WNBA President Donna Orender called Montgomery’s name as she announced the Lynx’s first round pick.
"It was a great feeling just to be drafted and to hear your name being called after years and years of hard work,” Montgomery said. “To just hear your name called and know that you're now a professional athlete. It's just a really good feeling."
Now that the emotional roller coaster ride is over, Montgomery can begin the transition to life as a WNBA player. She brings championship pedigree to a young and extremely talented Minnesota squad.
Montgomery was undoubtedly the leader of her Connecticut squad that just completed its undefeated run to the title. As she begins the next phase of her career, Montgomery knows there will be other players that will lead and teach her.
“Seimone (Augustus) is of course an Olympian so I know I can learn a lot from her,” she said. “I'm just excited to grow as a player and learn from people who are already in the league.
“I'm going into the situation willing and ready to learn anything anyone wants to teach me,” she continued. “I'm just going to take everything as a learning experience."
One thing she will need to learn is the city of Minneapolis, her new WNBA home and a city she has never been to yet. With training camps opening on May 17, Montgomery has a little over a month to get settled and get ready to start her life as a pro athlete.
Given what she has accomplished in the past three days, a month should be plenty of time.
“I think everything that has happened to me this past week has all been great things,” she said. “I think it's only going to get better from here."