4.23.2012

Sun use WNBA draft picks to plan ahead

Mohegan - Connecticut Sun coach Mike Thibault in light of the second round of the WNBA draft pick the team before Monday and did not change his song after that when he heard the question about the selection of teams from North Carolina center Chay Shegog.

"You (journalists) are all talking about pick 21 it makes a big difference. We considered a person because we have, "says Thibault. "We would rather someone who will not come for two years, but Chay is a good player and get the chance. It is to him now to prove something. "

In other words, Shegog to beat an established veteran - even first thing I think Thibault team pick in the draft at No.. 9 is unable to do so.

Thibault used this draft to try and tackle the future, when the 6-foot-8-inch Brittney Griner phenomenon, of Baylor, has joined the WNBA, almost certainly the opposing team.

Griner was a junior.

Thibault said Labor Day, trying to Trade in the first couple of picks which player or two there to help, but do not start for the day. When that failed, the selected-Thibault birds and native Mali Astan Dabo, 19 years old, 6-foot-8-inch project.

"You're talking about writing our league getting bigger and bigger. They will get even bigger next year, to take a chance on a player ... got better in each of last three years is a good bet for us, "says Thibault.

Thibault said Dabo will rise in the French first division next season. As a plus, he was a "little (French) national team commitments," says Thibault.

Dabo is not the Mohegan Sun Arena this summer, but he was probably until next year or 2014.

Even so, pick a step Thibault think he should be made instead He also said he did not know how it will change, because he saw some teen drama "wasted vote this year." Year.

Shegog scored 15 points in a game for the Tar Heels, and Thibault said that, if any, he will provide competition to the post during training camp.

Stanford star No. 1 pick

As expected, the Los Angeles Sparks took Nnemkadi Ogwumike of Stanford in the first pick of the draft. He followed Shekinna Stricklen - one of three Tennessee players taken in the first seven picks - selected by Seattle. Notre Dame forward Devereaux Peters went to Minnesota with the third pick.

The UConn senior Tiffany Hayes, the only Husky in the draft, ended up going to Atlanta with the second pick of the second round, 14th overall.

"It does not matter to me (which he designed), all I need a shot," says Hayes of Bristol, where the draft will be held on ESPN. "I was worried all day, I was never nervous, I just want to know where I go."

UConn coach Geno Auriemma in, in an interview with ESPN, said the team a "good place" to guard the former as an up-tempo style.

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