Connecticut Sun sign Jessica January

UNCASVILLE, CONNECTICUT- May 2: Jessica January /

The Connecticut Sun have signed Jessica January to a training camp contract.

The Sun selected January out of DePaul in the third round of the 2017 WNBA Draft with the 28th overall pick. The team waived her last May as they finalized their roster for the regular season.

The 5’7 guard averaged 15 points, 5.3 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game as a senior for the Blue Demons in the 2016-2017 season.

January logged 40 minutes in three preseason games for Connecticut in 2017. She had eight points, three rebounds and two assists in 16 minutes against the San Antonio Stars on May 3.

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As of Tuesday, we know that January will be joined by Kelsey Griffin and Betnijah Laney in competition for roster spots. Both players signed training camp contracts with the Sun last month.

The Sun return the core of the team that earned the No. 4 overall seed in last year’s playoffs, though there has been some movement out of Connecticut this offseason.

The team signed 2017 draftee Leticia Romero. (It had been understood that Romero would miss the 2017 WNBA season in order to fulfill her commitment to the Spanish National Team.) Perhaps most importantly, the Sun re-signed restricted free agent and 2017 All-Defense and All-Star selection Alyssa Thomas to a multi-year deal.

The Sun also have re-signed starting small forward Shekinna Stricklen, who was an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

On the trade front, the Sun acquired Cayla George from the Phoenix Mercury in exchange for a 2018 second round pick to add depth to their frontcourt rotation.

The Sun were led by emerging stars Jonquel Jones and Alyssa Thomas up front last season, though they’ll be eager to welcome back Chiney Ogwumike, who missed the entire 2017 season (Achilles).

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The Sun hold the ninth overall pick in the upcoming draft. Our own Howard Megdal has them selecting UConn’s Kia Nurse in his latest WNBA Draft Big Board.