Meet The Sun’s 2017 Draft Class

April 14, 2017

Last night, the Connecticut Sun selected four from the 2017 WNBA Draft. Get to know each draftee.


Brionna Jones 
Position:  Center
Height:   6-foot-3
School:   University of Maryland
Drafted:  First round, 8th overall
By The Numbers: Finished college career with 1,928 points and 1,209 rebounds.
Fun Fact:  Jones is one of five Maryland players to reach 1,000 career rebounds. Sun teammate Alyssa Thomas is also on that list.
Quotable:  “That Brionna Jones, she’s a monster!” – Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer.



Shayla Cooper
Position
:
  Forward
Height:   6-foot-2
School:   Ohio State
Drafted:  Second round, 13th overall
By The Numbers: Finished college career with 1,070 points, 690 rebounds and 26 double-doubles.
Fun Fact:  Played at Norcross High School in Georgia with Tennessee star Diamond DeShields.
Quotable:  “She’s got a pro-ready body. She’s a very, very skilled kid. And if she comes
and plays with a consistent motor and stays steady. … she has a real chance to steal a roster spot.” – Sun coach Curt Miller.



Leticia Romero 
Position:  Guard
Height:   5-foot-8
School:   Florida State
Drafted:  Second round, 16th overall
By The Numbers: Finished college career with 1,453 points, 537 assists and 172 steals.
Fun Fact:  Wears No. 10 because she made her Spanish Women’s League debut on 10/10/10.
Quotable:  “It really was something special. It wasn’t just my hometown, but also in a nearby city. People recognized me and were so happy for what we had accomplished.” – Romero, on what it felt like to be congratulated by strangers at home in the Canary Islands after helping Spain win the Silver Medal in the 2016 Olympics.



Jessica January
Position:  Guard
Height:   5-foot-7
School:    DePaul
Drafted:  Third round, 28th overall
By The Numbers: Finished college career with 1,530 points, 554 assists and 237 steals.
Fun Fact:  Wears No. 14 because her full name has 14 letters and her birthday is January 14th.
Quotable:  “It’s harder to be able to articulate the things we do on the court physically and to put all of those movements and actions into concise words. It’s also easier, since I play basketball, to be able to add meaningful commentary.” – January on the challenges of doing color commentary for a DePaul men’s basketball broadcast.