Sun begin their offseason moves
High Post Hoops has confirmed with a league source that Natisha Hiedeman has verbally agreed to return to the Connecticut Sun.
Despite her long journey back to the Sun last season, Hiedeman was able to make quite an impact on the court last season.
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After Layshia Clarendon’s injury Hiedeman was able to step up and contribute in limited minutes, allowing Jasmine Thomas to rest.
In the regular season, Hiedeman averaged 3.7 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 10.2 minutes per game.
She played fewer minutes in the playoffs, averaging just 2.6 points in five minutes per game across the seven games she played in.
In just her second game in a Sun uniform, she had 10 points and provided a spark that would often be seen throughout the season.
She is one of the most energetic players in the league, never seeming to get tired and always up to talk in the locker room, whether it be about the game or her hamster.
While some may consider her undersized, she was able to slip through defenders or take an open three.
Her passing abilities cannot be ignored either, she dished out nine assists on Sept. 4 against the Dallas Wings, slipping balls through tight windows to help her teammates score.
Her quickness also allowed her to be efficient on the defensive end, often effectively guarding players much bigger than her. Hiedeman will certainly help the team when they run a smaller lineup next season.
Hiedeman plays selflessly, and always credited her teammates when talking to the media. Head coach and general manager Curt Miller has previously stressed the importance of locker room culture of his team and Hiedeman is without a doubt a positive addition to the locker room.
Off the court, she was close to Courtney Williams, who seemed to mentor the younger Hiedeman but also provide a fun-loving best friend as well.
Additionally, resigning Hiedeman will likely come at an affordable price, something that is critical for the Sun this offseason with most of the team’s roster entering free agency this season.
With so many questions on who is coming back, the Sun have taken a good first step in free agency.
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