SECAUCUS, N.J. -- Less than two days after helping UConn win its second straight national championship, former Timberland High star Kalana Greene was taken with the first pick of the second round in the WNBA draft on Thursday.
Greene's teammate, Tina Charles, was selected first by the Connecticut Sun after a trade with the Minnesota Lynx. Greene, a 5-10 guard, was picked by the New York Liberty shortly later with the 13th overall pick.
A native of St. Stephen, Greene averaged 8.7 points and 4.6 rebounds during her senior season, which saw the Huskies reach an NCAA Division I-record 78 straight victories
Greene was also invited by USA Basketball to train as part of a select team that will work with the national team.
With no competition on the international calendar this summer for college players, USA Basketball decided to invite some of the brightest young stars to train with the national team April 15-18 in Storrs and Hartford, Conn.
Charles averaged more than 18 points and nine rebounds for the Huskies this past season. She joins Sue Bird (2002) and Diana Taurasi (2004) as the only UConn players taken with the top overall pick.
The Lynx drafted Nebraska's Kelsey Griffin with the third pick, then dealt her to the Sun minutes later for Connecticut's first- and second-round picks next year.
Chicago drafted former Rutgers guard Epiphanny Prince with the fourth pick.
WNBA teams open training camp April 25. Exhibition games begin April 30 and the league's 14th season will start May 15.