UNCASVILLE, Conn. (April 12, 2018) — With the ninth overall pick in the first round of the 2018 WNBA Draft on Thursday night, the Connecticut Sun chose Duke guard Lexie Brown.
“We’re excited with her versatility at the one and the two, her ability to really stretch the floor at the one and two,” Sun general manager and head coach Curt Miller said. “I think you win with small guard play in this league. We targeted guard depth with this pick and it was a really, really tough and difficult decision down the stretch. We thought we might have a chance between Brown and (Kia) Nurse, and we’ve debated that for weeks if that was the case. It did play out that way, and we’re really excited to bring Lexie into the family.”
A 5-9 guard who finished her college career with 2,088 points, 587 assists, 455 rebounds, 345 steals and 262 made three-pointers, Brown is the daughter of former Boston Celtics star Dee Brown, who coached the WNBA’s Orlando Miracle in 2002, the season before the team relocated to Connecticut.
She is the first daughter of a WNBA head coach to ever be drafted and the fifth Duke player in the last seven years to be taken in the first round. Among the other players on that list is current starting point guard Jasmine Thomas.
“You don’t know where you are going in the draft and it’s a crazy night,” Brown said. “I did have conversations with coach (Miller) so I knew there was a chance that I would end up in Connecticut. I felt super comfortable when my name was called. When Connecticut had their pick, I was definitely excited and super happy.”
Brown, who began her college career at Maryland before transferring after two seasons, closed out her career with one of the best seasons in ACC history, averaging 19.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 3.7 steals while leading the Blue Devils to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. Her 122 steals were a new single-season program mark, breaking Alana Beard’s record of 114.
Brown, who began her college career at Maryland before transferring after two seasons, became just the third player in Power Five Conference history to reach 2,000 points, 500 assists, 300 steals and 200 threes.
Connecticut’s second pick in the draft, No. 15 overall, was dealt to the Atlanta Dream for Bria Holmes earlier today. The Sun also included next year’s second round pick.
With the third-round pick, 33 overall, Connecticut selected Mikayla Cowling from Cal.