Thursday, April 8, 2010

Connecticut Sun Chooses UConn's Tina Charles And Kansas' Danielle McCray In WNBA Draft, Trade Black And Holt

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The Connecticut Sun, owned by the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, picked the University of Connecticut's Tina Charles and Kansas' all-time leading scorer, Danielle McCray, in today's WNBA draft.

Charles was the first overall pick in the draft while McCray was the seventh overall pick. The 6-foot-4 Tina Charles was the first player selected in the draft. As UConn's center, she averaged 18.2 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. McCray, the 5-foot-11 guard and forward, averaged 19.8 points and 7.1 rebounds in the 20 games she played before tearing a knee ligament which may sideline McCray in her first year with the Sun.

The Sun traded Amber Holt and Chante Black to the Tulsa Shock (formerly the Detroit Shock but under new ownership in Tulsa) for the opportunity to pick McCray. The Sun gave up its first and second-round pick in next year's draft to acquire the rights to forward Kelsey Griffin, who was picked third by Minnesota.

The Sun also added to the roster Louisiana State University's guard Allison Hightower and Franklin Pierce's guard-forward Johannah Leedham.

The Sun got this year's first round draft pick after it made a deal that gave the Minnesota Lynx the second overall draft pick and former Sun star player Lindsay Whalen.