Faris Staying in Connecticut

The bad news? Kelly Faris had to wait until the No. 11 pick in the WNBA draft to hear her name called. The good news? She's staying in Connecticut.

Connecticut senior guard Kelly Faris will begin her WNBA career with the Connecticut Sun.

Faris was selected by the Sun as the No. 11 overall pick in 2013 WNBA Draft Monday night at the ESPN studios in Bristol.

Faris will join five former Huskies on the Sun roster as Tina Charles, Kalana Greene, Ashja Jones, Renee Montgomery and Jessica Moore are currently on the Connecticut roster.

Faris, who started the last 115 games of her career, finished fifth on UConn's all-time steals list with 294. She also concluded her career with 1,107 points, 821 rebounds and 545 assists and helped UConn to its eighth national championship last Tuesday with a victory over Louisville in New Orleans.

According to UConn Faris is the 27th UConn player to enter the league since the WNBA's inception in 1997. UConn has now had a player selected in the WNBA Draft 14 times in the past 16 years. Connecticut did not have any seniors on its roster in 2003 or 2007. Faris is the 13th Husky all-time to be chosen in the first round of the WNBA Draft.

Faris, a native of Plainfield, Ind., reached four Final Fours and won two national championships while at UConn. As a senior her honors included: AP Honorable Mention All-America, being selected a finalist for the WBCA Division I Defensive Player of the Year award, a spot on the 2012-13 Bridgeport All-Region Team, Big East Defensive Player of the Year, Big East Most Improved Player of the Year, and All-Big East second team selection.

Baylor's Brittney Griner was the first selection in the draft, taken by the Phoenix Mercury. The Chicago Sky took Elena Delle Donne of Delaware at No. 2 and Notre Dame's Sklyar Diggins was the third player drafted, by the Tulsa Shock.


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