UConn junior forward Megan Walker has announced that she will be forgoing her senior season and declare for the 2020 WNBA Draft.
As a junior, Walker was named the AAC's Player of the Year, as well as the AAC Tournament's Most Outstanding Player. For the season, Walker led the Huskies with 19.7 points per game while also grabbing 8.4 rebounds per game.
For her career, Walker racked up 1,251 total points and 615 rebounds.
"After much consideration and thought with my family, I have decided to forgo my senior season and enter the WNBA draft," Walker said in a statement released by the school. "Due to the unfortunate circumstances that caused the cancellation of the NCAA Tournament, it saddens me that I was not able to finish my junior season in the way that I would have liked.
"I am, however, ready to move on to the next phase of my life and career. I would like to thank the University of Connecticut, my coaches, teammates, and the athletic staff for their support and for embracing me over the last three years. Last, but certainly not least, I would like to thank the fans for all their support and making me feel loved over my UConn career. I will forever be a Husky and wish the best for UConn in the future."
Said head coach Geno Auriemma: "During a player's college career, they're working towards certain goals, and when you have an opportunity to reach a certain goal that you set for yourself, I think it's important that you have an opportunity to take it. Meg's decided this is the right time for her to take advantage of this opportunity. Obviously, she had an incredible season this year and is incredibly talented. We support her 100 percent and we're going to support her going forward. We wish her the best of luck as she begins her pro career."
WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said this past Wednesday that even with the current coronavirus outbreak putting a pause on most pro sports, the WNBA, as of now, is still planning on holding the 2020 draft on April 17, starting training camp on April 26, and tipping off the regular season on May 15.