When the Connecticut Sun drafted Morgan Tuck with the third overall pick in last year’s WNBA draft they knew the pick came with risks. Tuck, after all, had several previous bouts of knee difficulties, one of which led to a redshirt season at UConn. However, it was an injury to the other knee that ended her rookie year after 26 games, and changed her off-season plans dramatically.
Instead of playing overseas as was planned, Tuck is rehabbing the knee, turning in her basketball sneakers for a swim suit as she builds back strength after surgery.
We caught up with the UConn alum right before her former college teammates played against Texas and Notre Dame in a difficult swatch of games, and talked about the blessing and curse of an injury.
The blessing is for the first time since really picking up a basketball early on Tuck gets to spend some extra time around the holidays at home, where in her words, the best cook in the world prepares big holiday dinners. A blessing that she still is hanging around UConn’s Storrs campus, seeing her friends, ex-teammates and ex-coaches as she rehabs.
The curse, of course, is not being able to play, not being able to build on her game and make money overseas.
Still, Tuck is making the best of the situation, continuing to support and represent UConn at games, and representing the Sun at events and appearances. She knows the injury recently suffered by Chiney Ogwumike will put more pressure on her return to the court healthy, but she welcomes the challenge, as she has all others.
It is great to have Morgan Tuck on Dishin & Swishin, and we know you will enjoy the podcast!
Good luck rehabbing that knee, Morgan; we look forward to seeing you back in a Sun uniform this summer!