Tiffany Hayes is thrilled to be drafted by the Atlanta Dream for a number of reasons.
“I am excited about going to play there,” she said. “It really didn’t matter where I went. All I need is a shot. They are an uptempo team and being playing at UConn helps you with that.
“Getting the chance to play in Atlanta, which is so close to where I grew up [in Florida] ,is one of the most exciting things about this. I was hoping that’s where I would go and it is definitely a blessing for me. I am happy for my family because I know they are thrilled, too.
Hayes didn’t seem to care that she wasn’t a first-round pick (second pick of second round, 14th overall).
“It was more important to be in a good situation,” Hayes said. “The teams that had picks in the first two rounds were all stacked; it would have been hard to make those teams. Hopefully, i can build a steady home here.
“And I can definitely look to Kalana Greene [of the Connecticut Sun] for advice [about being a second-round pick]. She turned it into a great thing for her.”
Hayes was joined at the draft by her mother, younger brother, UConn coach Geno Auriemma and her Husky teammates, Kelly Faris, Heather Buck and Caroline Doty.