AMES, Ia. — Connecticut Sun coach Curt Miller already has a nickname for one of the newest members of his team, Bridget Carleton.
“She’s the Swiss Army knife of this draft class,” Miller said. “She can drive it. She can shoot it. She can post you up. She’s one of the highest IQ players in the draft.”
That’s why Miller and the Sun selected Carleton in the second round of the WNBA Draft with the 21st overall pick Wednesday night. Miller and the organization liked the versatile skill set of Carleton.
The 6-foot-1 Carleton showed that off during her four seasons of starting with the Cyclones. She’s scattered her name throughout the school record book ranking in the top five in career field goals (third with 713), steals (third with 211), blocked shots (third with 124) and 3-pointers (fifth with 255).
“Her skillset in all areas” Miller said of what drew the team to her.
But that’s not the only thing that appealed to Miller. He also liked the fact that Carleton, who was the brightest star on Iowa State’s roster, was willing to take a backseat to others. She proved that during her time playing for the Canadian national team where she wasn’t the biggest star on the roster and had to fight for playing time.
“She’s had that kind of experience with the Canadian national team and knows what it’s like to contribute on a great team but bide her time while the minutes come down the road,” Miller said. “I really respect that she’s one of the most ultimate teammates out there in the college game.”
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Even though Carleton was a star at Iowa State, winning Big 12 Player of the Year honors, nothing is promised to her at the next level. In fact, Miller said she’d have to prove herself to make a spot on his loaded team.
He knows she’s willing to. Miller was an analyst during the preseason WNIT and called Iowa State’s championship winning game. He spoke to the team and even got a chance to meet Carleton. So he knows what type of competitor she is.
“I know she’ll come scratching and clawing for one of the final spots on the roster,” Miller said.
“It didn’t matter where she got drafted. But you could argue that we are the deepest team in the league. It won’t be easy. She’ll be in an absolute fight to see how the end of our roster plays out. We have the majority of the team back, so it won’t be easy. But I’m excited to see her compete and fight for those last spots.”
Source: Des Moines Register