Selected second in this year’s WNBA draft, Moriah Jefferson has quickly become one of the faces for the new-look San Antonio Stars.
Jefferson, a Texas native, gets the opportunity to rejuvenate the Stars franchise. Her return to Texas enables her to play in front of family and friends, a chance she did not have often while in college.
A winner of four consecutive National Championships while at the University of Connecticut, Jefferson is no stranger to performing under pressure. With Danielle Robinson out for season due to an offseason Achilles surgery, Jefferson has to make an impact on both sides of the ball, all while adjusting to the professional game. Though an uneasy task, but she has shown the playmaking ability needed to run a WNBA offense.
Through three games, Jefferson averages five assists. Not only is this first among rookies, but also top ten in the WNBA overall. Additionally, she is currently averaging 1.3 steals per game.
The Stars look to use this year as a stepping stone for many years to come. Despite going through a rebuilding process, Jefferson’s presence will help ease the transition. Her passing prowess and poise have already been showcased during this young WNBA season, allowing her to fit in with the offense.
“I thought running the position was excellent,” Stars coach Dan Hughes said after a recent game. “The scoring aspect is a little different in the pro game and she’s trying so hard, she’s not going to miss a layup in the future and stuff like that, but she’s just going to get better and better.”
Jefferson aims to shine bright in San Antonio through her continued growth and development. This pursuit of excellence is something she has always been accustomed to, and has never backed away from. Adjusting to life as a Star will not always be easy, but Jefferson is determined to leave her mark as one of the franchise cornerstones for the Silver and Black.