STORRS, Conn. -- Breanna Stewart has a banner at the Werth Champions Center honoring the University of Connecticut women's basketball team's senior as a two-time national Player of the Year.
The four Player of the Year banners next to hers are dedicated to Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, Tina Charles, and Maya Moore. All four of those Huskies' stars went on to be the No. 1 pick in the WNBA Draft. Whether Stewart joins that group won't be determined until next April. But the WNBA team that gets to make that selection will be determined Thursday night.
The lottery for the 2016 WNBA Draft -- with Stewart expected to be the top prize -- will be shown at halftime of Thursday night's Game 1 of the Western Conference final between the Phoenix Mercury and Minnesota Lynx.
"I definitely will be watching it," Stewart said on Tuesday. "It's interesting to see how the WNBA changed it and that kind of stuff. It will be interesting to see how everything plays out.
"You never know what can happen, I guess. It's something to look forward to. But at the same time, after the lottery is all said and done, I still have one more season here."
The four 2015 WNBA non-playoff teams -- the Seattle Storm (12-22), the San Antonio Stars (8-26), the Connecticut Sun (15-19), and the Atlanta Dream (15-19) -- are the contenders for the top pick.
While the Stars had the league's worst record this summer, the WNBA changed the lottery rules last month to give the team with the worst two-year cumulative record the best odds at the No. 1 pick. That would be Seattle. The Storm, who had the top choice this spring and selected Notre Dame's Jewell Loyd, had a two-year mark of 22-46 followed by San Antonio (24-44), Connecticut (28-40), and Atlanta (34-34).
The Storm will have a 44.2 percent chance to win the first pick, followed by the Stars (27.6), the Sun 17.8), and the Dream (10.4).
"I envision us just sitting in the apartment in the living room like we are watching any other show," Stewart said. "Only this time we might be paying a little more attention to it because we want to see who gets what pick. I'm sure our other teammates will be there and that kind of stuff. I'm sure it will be interesting."
Stewart has led the Huskies to three national championships in her three seasons and is the only woman to be named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Final Four three times. Since the 6-foot-4 forward arrived here from North Syracuse, New York, UConn is 113-5 overall and 26-1 in the postseason.
While teammate and fellow senior All-American Moriah Jefferson is also a potential lottery pick next spring, and while redshirt junior Morgan Tuck reiterated Tuesday her intention to use her final year of eligibility here, the attention of lottery watchers is on Stewart. She would be the fifth No. 1 pick from UConn, joining Bird (2002 by Seattle), Taurasi (2004 by Phoenix), Charles (2010 by Connecticut), and Moore (2011 by Minnesota).
But after Thursday night, she'll turn her full attention back to her drive for an unprecedented fourth straight national championship.
"I know there are going to be a lot of things going on this year, a lot of hype and media because we are going for four and the whole draft thing," Stewart said. "I just want to make sure this is the best year yet and I want to enjoy every moment of it. Whether that means not looking ahead and focusing one day at a time, one week at a time, that is what I'm going to do.
"I think it's going to be impossible not to think about what is to come, especially after just watching the lottery. It's an exciting time for both Moriah and myself. I think we are going to enjoy that. But when it comes to workouts Friday morning we are focused on here at UConn."