Updated: Wednesday, 13 Jan 2010, 12:51 AM EST
Published : Wednesday, 13 Jan 2010, 12:50 AM EST
(WTNH) - A former UConn basketball player is coming back to Connecticut to play pro ball. It was a big trade from the WNBA and it involves the Connecticut Sun, sending a popular player back to where she played college ball. And bringing that UConn player back to the state.
She needs no introduction. Renee Montgomery is coming back to CT to play basketball.
"I'm still kind of, I can't believe it. I'm still in the ecstatic mode," said Sun Point Guard Montgomery.
In the works for a while, the trade Montgomery's return to CT caught her a little off guard.
"My reaction when I first heard it on Twitter -- someone was like, 'You're getting traded. I'm like what?'" Montgomery said.
A call to her agent was followed by a talk with her boss in Minnesota.
"Then Coach Thibault called me and I'm like 'What is going on?'" Montgomery said.
What's going on is a changing of the guard. It was bittersweet day for the CT Sun who, in order to get Montgomery, had to trade away Lindsay Whalen -- the face of their franchise who just happens to be a native of Minnesota.
The two teams also swapped draft picks.
The Lynx get this year's #2 overall pick. And, The Sun now have the top choice; you can bet that will be UConn's Tina Charles.
"I'm not going to go on record but I think people know why we made the deal," said Sun Head Coach Mike Thibault.
Montgomery was an "All Rookie Selection" in her first year.
Her best games came against the Sun. She had 24 points one game, 18 in another.