Beatrice Mompremier signs with the Connecticut Sun

2019 USA Women’s National Team Camp Beatrice Mompremier put in work with the USA Basketball Women’s National Team in 2019. She was selected 20th overall in the 2020 WNBA Draft. | Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images

Selected 20th overall in the 2020 WNBA Draft by the Los Angeles Sparks, Beatrice Mompremier was cut at the roster finalization deadline. With Jonquel Jones opting out of the 2020 season, the Connecticut Sun need a strong presence in the paint and Mompremier appears ready to provide it.

The Connecticut Sun announced on Tuesday the signing of Beatrice Mompremier.

Selected 20th overall in the 2020 WNBA Draft by the Los Angeles Sparks, Mompremier was cut at the roster finalization deadline. With Jonquel Jones opting out of the 2020 season due to concerns over COVID-19, the Connecticut Sun need a strong presence in the paint and Mompremier appears ready to provide it.

The 6-foot-4 forward played two years of her collegiate career with the Baylor Lady Bears and finished it with the Miami Hurricanes. At Miami, she recorded 34 double-doubles, scored in double figures in 45 games and grabbed double-digit boards in 35. Mompremier averaged 16.8 points and 9.8 rebounds per game as a senior and 16.7 points and 12.2 rebounds as a junior.

“We are excited to add Beatrice to our Sun roster,” head coach Curt Miller said. “She is a young and talented post player with a high ceiling. Beatrice is a proven collegiate rebounder and crafty scorer who will have the ability to contribute during her rookie season.”​

With the coronavirus pandemic reducing the 2020 season to 22 regular-season games to be played at a single-site location, IMG Academy in Florida, Mompremier — a finalist for the 2020 Lisa Leslie Award — will be playing near her hometown of Miami.

Washington Mystics star Natasha Cloud (social justice reform) and LaToya Sanders (health concerns) joined Jones on Monday in opting out. As more WNBA stars announce decisions to forego the season, other draftees who couldn’t claim a roster spot before could find themselves presented with opportunities now.