South Carolina Basketball: Gamecock legend traded to new team

South Carolina basketball legend Tiffany Mitchell is being traded from the Minnesota Lynx to the Connecticut Sun.

South Carolina basketball legends Tiffany Mitchell, A'ja Wilson, Alaina Coats, and Bianca Cuevas-Moore
South Carolina basketball legends Tiffany Mitchell, A'ja Wilson, Alaina Coats, and Bianca Cuevas-Moore / Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports
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South Carolina basketball has a long list of players who are in the WNBA. A'ja Wilson is the best player in the league, Aliyah Boston was the rookie of the year last season, and Allisha Gray was an All-Star in 2023, but there are plenty of others who have come through Dawn Staley's program.

One of those players is Tiffany Mitchell. When she graduated, she, arguably, was the greatest player in program history (A'ja Wilson still had two years left in college, and Aliyah Boston was still years away from making her way to college).

As a combo guard for the Gamecocks, Mitchell was a two-time SEC Player of the Year, and the South Carolina basketball team made the program's first-ever Final Four. This season, in a ceremony during out-of-conference play, Mitchell had her jersey hung in the rafters of Colonial Life Arena before the home opener against Maryland, immortalizing the USC legend's number 25 forever.

On Wednesday, her WNBA career took a bit of a turn as it was announced that the Minnesota Lynx were trading Tiffany Mitchell to the Connecticut Sun along with a 2nd round pick for fellow guard Natisha Hiedeman.

Mitchell was drafted 9th overall by the Indiana Fever back in the 2016 WNBA Draft, but now that she is with the Connecticut Sun, she will be reunited with head coach Stephanie White who was with the Fever when Mitchell joined the organization. She also will play with fellow Gamecock great Ty Harris who led the WNBA in 3-point percentage in 2023.

2023 was Mitchell's only season in Minnesota (she spent the rest of her career with the Fever), and she averaged 7.4 points, 2.4 assists, and 1.9 rebounds.

Last year, the Connecticut Sun made the WNBA Playoffs for the 7th season in a row, and Mitchell will look to make that 8 years in a row this summer.

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