The San Antonio Stars have selected guard Moriah Jefferson from the University of Connecticut with the second overall pick in the 2016 WNBA Draft, it was announced on Thursday.
Jefferson is a 5-7 guard and helped lead the Huskies to four consecutive national titles, a new NCAA record. She averaged 9.9 points, 4.3 assists, 2.6 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 0.2 blocks in 26.6 minutes per game throughout her career and shot 54 percent from three point range.
“Moriah can play at different speeds. She can spread the floor with her three-point shooting, and we thought she was the best defensive player in college basketball,” said Dan Hughes, San Antonio Stars head coach and general manager. “We went into the evaluations with her, and all she did was improve our confidence about taking her at the No. 2 pick. First we saw Moriah’s play and evolution during her senior season. Then we got to know her. It all continued to reinforce how special she is and how much we wanted to bring her to San Antonio.”
The 22-year-old Dallas native was named the recipient of the Dawn Staley (2016) and Nancy Lieberman Awards (2015, 2016) as the top NCAA Division I guard and named the AAC’s named Defensive Player of the Year.
“It means the world to me to be a member of the San Antonio Stars. Being able to come back home and play in front of my friends and family, to come into the program and work with Coach Hughes and my teammates, it’s going to be amazing,” said Jefferson. “It’s going to be incredible to get to play with Kayla, Danielle and all my teammates. I’ve played against Kayla and always admired her game, and I’m excited to learn everything I can from Danielle. Danielle is so quick and fast, and I always watch her to get pointers. Her mid-range game is what inspired me to work on mine and increase my versatility. It’s unfortunate that she got hurt, but I can’t wait to talk to her and learn.”
The Stars will tip off the 2016 season on Saturday, May 14 against the Atlanta Dream at 7 p.m. at the AT&T Center.