GIRLS BASKETBALL: WNBA trio running clinic at Platt for National Girls and Women in Sports Day

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MERIDEN — The pros will be coming to Meriden on Wednesday as former Connecticut Sun and UConn player Morgan Tuck will be running a clinic for the Lincoln Middle School and Platt High School girls basketball players.

Tuck will be helped out by current Connecticut Sun players Courtney Williams and Dijonai Carrington.

The clinic will take place in the Platt gym as part of National Girls and Women in Sports Day and the WNBA campaign “Her Time to Play.”

The clinic was set up by Meriden native Anthony “Tank” Sanders, who is the Sun’s senior account executive.

“Dijonai and Courtney are great in the community and are all about giving back and being positive impacts on children’s lives,” Sanders said Tuesday.

Wednesday’s clinic starts at 10:30 a.m. and runs until 11:45 a.m. Both teams will then be served lunch from noon to 12:30 p.m. at the Platt cafeteria.

“I think it’s huge to open the doors for the kids; this is a chance not a lot of Meriden kids get,” said Sanders, a 2011 Platt grad. “That’s big for me to do something like this in Meriden. Hopefully, we can bring more pros to the program.”

Each participant will receive a WNBA basketball and a T-shirt.

“There’s no way I can weigh the impact of this on the kids,” Sanders said. “If I saw an NFL player when I was in high school, it would have changed my life. I think its huge.”

Platt coach Tina Gonyea said she’s excited the WNBA players are coming to Meriden.

“This is huge for the younger kids,” Gonyea said. “These are role models. I didn’t have female role models growing up in basketball. They were all male players. So this is huge for them.”

“The younger players are really going to appreciate this and need this,” Gonyea added.

Courtney Williams is a 5-foot-8 guard who was selected eighth overall in the 2016 WNBA Draft by the Phoenix Mercury out of South Florida. She signed with the Sun in February.

Williams started 34 games last season and eclipsed 1,000 points and 600 career assists while helping the Sun reach the WNBA finals. She averaged 11.1 points per game.

Dijonai Carrington is a 5-11 guard out of Baylor. She was the No. 20 overall pick in the 2021 WNBA Draft by the Sun. She finished the 2022 regular season with 244 points, 112 rebounds, 38 assists, 29 steals and four blocks.

As for Morgan Tuck, she will move into the position of assistant general manager this season in addition to her other duties as director of franchise development. Tuck was taken by the Sun as the third pick in the WNBA Draft in 2016 She retired from playing in 2020.


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