IUWBB: Buss signs with WNBA’s Sun for training camp

Indiana guard Tyra Buss will attend a WNBA training camp with the Connecticut Sun, the team announced Tuesday.

The move reunites Buss with the coach who recruited her to IU, Curt Miller.

Miller, heading into his third season as the Sun’s coach, spent two seasons at IU before abruptly resigning in July 2014. His resignation letter cited “personal health and family reasons” for the departure.

Teri Moren became the Hoosiers’ coach, and Buss became the program’s most recognizable public face. The point guard earned first-team All-Big Ten honors in three straight seasons, beginning with a sophomore campaign where the Hoosiers made the NCAA tournament. She went on to break the program’s records for career points, steals, assists, and free throws made and attempted.

Despite those achievements, Buss was not selected during the WNBA Draft on April 14.

Miller was the WNBA’s coach of the year in 2017. Before arriving at IU in 2012, he coached at Bowling Green for 11 seasons and was a six-time Mid-American Conference coach of the year. IU improved from 11-19 in his first season to 21-13 and a WNIT appearance in 2013-14.

Before she ever arrived on campus, Miller called Buss, a two-time Illinois Ms. Basketball, someone who could bring a “buzz” to the program. Along with classmate Amanda Cahill, and under Moren’s tutelage, the Hoosiers won 82 games during their four years as players.

Buss and Cahill ended their run with a WNIT championship win over Virginia Tech at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

The Sun made the WNBA playoffs for the first time in five years in 2017. Connecticut lost in a second-round, single-elimination playoff game with Phoenix. The Sun are anchored by two starters from last year’s Eastern Conference all-star team, forward Jonquel Jones and guard Jasmine Thomas.

Brandi Poole, who was an assistant under Miller at IU, is also a part of the Sun’s staff now. WNBA teams begin training camp for the 2018 season on April 29.

“We are happy for Tyra and this opportunity to attend a WNBA training camp,” Moren said in a statement. “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.”

8 comments

  1. Not to rain on Tyra’s parade but, she is not physical enough, big enough or quick enough to play in the WNBA. I love her to death but, the league is so much tougher than college ball. Many players much better than her have tried and failed. Her future if she wants to further her basketball career is over seas.

  2. Connecticut is one of the most talented teams in the wnba. Nice favor done for status, which is the most important thing to some people! Good luck overseas TB. go Hoosiers

  3. Overseas is where the money is for women basketball players.
    It is nice of Curt Miller to offer her the opportunity, she’s entitled to it.
    The Fever appear to be a tad tone-deaf on this one.

  4. I have to agree with the others this level of ball is just too much for Tyra, overseas will be the ticket for her. But I applaud Curt Miller for giving her the training camp tryout, mostly because he was the one who recruited her hard for IU in the first place. There’s money for her to be made overseas.

  5. Congratulations Tyra! All that you want is the opportunity! Leave your heart and soul on the court, and see what happens! You are a “winner”! Good Luck!

  6. T.B. would make a great cheerleader. Having said that I am glad to see the stars align correctly for her. It can give some perspective to her personal goals. An individual like her has several options (overseas, wnba/maybe maybe not…. but she is getting a well deserved shot which will allow her to see things more clearly as to her career, related/or lessor related career options). T.B. is blessed with a lot of options as to what she pursues in her career whither it be professional sports and to what degree or role or elsewhwere (given that her immediate goal is wnba). T.B. is one that the world is her oyster (with a pearl inside)

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