WNBA Draft day after

Tina Charles addresses her decision to leave the Connecticut Sun:

“You are going to have ups and downs with a team, every day is not going to be perfect. I faced that my rookie year and I faced it my previous year. Connecticut has great parts but I looked at the bigger picture and the bigger picture was Coach Laimbeer, Cappie (Pondexter), the New York Liberty and the opportunity that they presented.

“My decision to leave the Sun is based on winning and being in New York. Coach Laimbeer and the Liberty organization is headed in the right direction and I very much want to be a part of that.”

Some are bitter about Charles’ departure.

Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer is happy:

”Acquiring Tina is one of the cornerstones of this franchise moving forward,” said Laimbeer, the Liberty coach and general manager. ”She’s a scorer and rebounder and wants to win very badly in front of her family and friends.

Essence Carson is happy too.

Other draft-related news:

ESPN gives teams draft grades, and the Eastern Conference leads the way.

Nneka Ogwumike is proud of sister Chiney’s number one pick selection.

LaChina Robinson talks with Kayla McBride and Odyssey Sims.

Shoni Schimmel is excited to play with former Cardinal star Angel McCoughtry.

The top undrafted players.

College news:

Kansas State freshman Leticia Romero is requesting a release due to the coaching change, but the school refuses. Romero likens it to blackmail.

High school news:

Top recruit A’ja Wilson is at last going to reveal her college choice tomorrow.

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