“I’m not that surprised,” Stewart said, laughing.
Neither is anyone else.
With the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday’s WNBA Draft, the Seattle Storm did what everyone has been expecting them to do for months: select Breanna Stewart. The accolades are too numerous to list, but just know this: Stewart came in as a freshman declaring her goal to win four straight national championships at UConn. And she did it.
The 6-4 forward joins a Storm team that has had a rough few years, but should be on the upswing with Stewart joining last year’s No. 1 pick, Jewell Lloyd. Stewart thinks she’ll fit right in with the Storm.
“I think it’s a good fit. With a vet like Sue [Bird] and familiar players, it’ll be fun. I’m looking forward to it. I’m looking forward to learning from Sue and continuing to build the Storm back up.”
But there will be plenty of time to figure out her future with Seattle. For tonight, Stewart was more focused on the fate of her UConn teammates, Moriah Jefferson and Morgan Tuck. During an interview immediately following her selection, she could barely keep her eyes off the monitor, waiting to see their fates.
“Let’s do it!” she exclaimed, a smile on her face. “1, 2, 3. Pick ’em!”
Pick ’em the San Antonio Stars and Connecticut Sun did, selecting Jefferson and Tuck number two and three overall, respectively. Along with Stewart, it’s the first time one school has ever had the first three picks in the WNBA Draft.
“It’s fitting,” said Stewart. “The way we came in, and now the way we’re coming out, we’re just finishing in the best way possible.”