Connecticut Selects Faris With 11th Pick in WNBA Draft

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (April 15, 2013) — With the 11th overall pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft on Monday night, the Connecticut Sun drafted Kelly Faris, a 5-foot-11 guard out of UConn.

“I am so excited to be able to come back to Connecticut,” said Faris, the 2012-13 BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and Most Improved Player, who helped UConn win its eighth NCAA National Title in 2013. “I wasn’t ready to leave anyway.”

Faris played in four Final Fours while helping UConn win two national championships in four years at UConn. She averaged 10.1 points as a senior, scored 1,083 career points, and finished No. 5 all-time in career steals (289). Faris was a 2012-13 All-America Honorable Mention, and an All-BIG EAST Second Team selection.

“We are very pleased that Kelly was available to us with the 11th pick,” Sun coach Anne Donovan said. “She’ll bring a high basketball IQ. She’s a great defensive player, and she will bring all the intangible qualities you look for in a young professional.”

The Sun concluded the 2013 WNBA Draft by selected 6-foot-7 center Anna Prins of Iowa State in the second round with the 23rd overall pick, and 5-foot-8 guard Andrea Smith out of South Florida in the third round with the 35thoverall pick.

The tallest player in Iowa State program history, Prins averaged 12.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game as a senior. She finished her career ranked 17th all-time in program history with 1,186 points, averaging 10.1 points per game. She ranks seventh all-time in ISU program history with 86 blocked shots, and she became the 20th player in ISU history to make 100 three-point shots.

Smith led the Bulls in scoring as a senior, averaging 16.3 points per game, including a career-high 35 in a win at 12th-ranked Louisville (2/20/13). She was a two-time BIG EAST Player of the Week, and a unanimous first-team All-BIG EAST selection. She finished with 1,049 points in just 64 games, averaging 16.4 points per game for her career.

“We’re excited,” Sun Vice President and General Manager Chris Sienko said. “It was a very different draft than we anticipated but we think it worked out quite well for us. It will be a competitive training camp and that is always what you are trying to achieve.”

The Connecticut Sun will open its 11th season at Mohegan Sun Arena on May 25th against the New York Liberty at 7 p.m. Season tickets and mini plans are also on sale now, and can be reserved by calling a Sun Ticket Representative at 1.877.SUN.TIXX (786-8499) or via e-mail at tickets@connecticutsun.com. Fans can also purchase season tickets and either a Big Game or Pick Six Mini Plan by visiting http://www.wnba.com/sun/tickets.html.