Connecticut Sun rookie Lexie Brown brings a strong basketball pedigree
With her ball-handling ability and speed at the lead guard spot and her ability to light it up from deep, 5-foot-9 WNBA rookie Lexie Brown reminds Connecticut Sun of a former fan favorite, who coached the franchise when they were still known as the Orlando Miracle. The coach has since moved on, currently serving as General Manager for the Agua Caliente Clippers in the G League, but his influence on her is clear to see.
This is hardly surprising, considering that she is his daughter. Lexie has much to learn to replicate her father’s resume, as the first round pick of the Boston Celtics in 1990, playing more than a decade in the NBA. His most memorable moment would have been in the 1991 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, which he took home with two iconic dunks – ‘The Pump’ featuring the unforgettable shoes and the innovative ‘No Look Dunk’.
Although it would be no mean feat to top her father’s career, it would be unwise to discount Lexie Brown’s chances. She has carved out her own niche by taking two tiny high schools to unprecedented success, before joining the University of Maryland where she made an immediate impact with her clutch play, earning the nickname ‘Big Shot Brown’. She then transferred to Duke where she continued to impress on the court, setting school records for steals while also being among team leaders in assists and three-pointers. Off the court, she also showed her leadership and maturity as team captain while somehow finding the time to enroll as a graduate student in Duke.
With the addition of this dynamic young guard to the mix, the Sun will look to pair her with All-Star guard Jasmine Thomas. Brown and Thomas will form a solid backcourt on both ends of the floor as they seek to lead their team in making a breakthrough in the upcoming season.