Can you imagine tuning in during the 2009 NBA Draft, and witnessing Oklahoma City Thunders (yea they are horrible) bypassing Tyler Hansbrough, and drafting Maya Moore, UConn's sophomore sensation? Well I know it’s a stretch but have you seen this young lady ball?
As a freshman, she put up Diana Taurasi's junior year numbers (ironically their birthdays are on the same day). Last year was the first time that she did not win a championship since her freshmen year in high school, losing to LSU's Ashley Thomas. The stats were staggering in high school— three State Championships, winning 94 of 97 games, a 2006 All-American as a junior, and the 2007 Naismith Player of the Year.
Last year as a freshman at UConn, she was the first freshman to win the Big East Player of the Year (first ever, male or female). She finished second in the 2008 Associated Press Player of the Year honor to UT's Candace Parker. Again, she is just a sophomore.
Currently, her Huskies are the No. 1 Lady's Basketball team in both polls at 15-0. She is averaging 18.3 points per game, a half point higher than her freshmen average, second in rebounds, second in assists, first in blocks, second three-pointers, and second in minutes. Now switch leagues—Hansbrough’s numbers are comparable to Maya but Hansbrough does not make his teammates better.
Like the Lakers did with Magic Johnson, Oklahoma City would be drafting an all-around player that could quickly change the troubled franchise. Imagine a starting lineup of Kevin Durant, Jeff Green, Russell Westbrook, Maya Moore, and Chris Wilcox.
Ok already, I know it sounds crazy but statistically, I am willing to bet my laptop that they would win more than six games this time next year.
Well, if you think than I am romanticizing with her because she is cute, then tune into UConn's Jan. 19 game against No. 2 UNC. You will see that she is both cute and should be drafted No. 1 in 2009 NBA draft.