Tyra Buss’ storied career at IU officially ended with the Hoosiers’ victory in the WNIT championship March 31. However, she took the next step of her basketball career Tuesday.
After not being selected in the 2018 WNBA Draft on April 12, Buss has signed a training camp contract with the Connecticut Sun.
The Sun's head coach is Curt Miller, who originally recruited Buss to come to IU for her college career. However, Miller stepped down as head coach the summer before Buss' freshman year and current coach Teri Moren took over.
"We are happy for Tyra and this opportunity to attend a WNBA training camp,” Moren said in an IU athletics press release. “I know she has everything it takes to be successful at the next level and we wish her the best as she begins her professional career.”
Buss ended her career in Bloomington at the top or near the top of nearly every IU statistical category. She wound up as the Hoosiers’ all-time leader in career points, assists, steals, free throws made and free throws attempted.
She started all 134 games of her IU career and took the program to new heights alongside fellow senior Amanda Cahill. In their sophomore season, they helped lead IU to their first NCAA tournament appearance in 14 years and first NCAA tournament victory since 1983.
In her final season, Buss averaged 20.8 points, 4.7 assists, 2.1 steals and 40 minutes per game, while shooting 42 percent from the field and 33 percent from behind the three-point line.
Buss also finished her career as a three-time All-Big Ten First Team and Academic All-Big Ten nominee.
If Buss gets a spot on the Sun's main roster, she will begin her WNBA career when the 2018 season begins on May 18.
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