Anna Makurat opting to transfer from UConn

Published on Tuesday, 6 April 2021 20:10
Written by CARL ADAMEC

Journal Inquirer

The entire roster for the UConn women's basketball team will not be back next season after all.

Sophomore guard Anna Makurat has decided to enter the transfer portal, she and the school said Tuesday. With the blanket waiver due to COVID-19 in 2020-21, she'll have as many as three years of eligibility remaining.

"I came to the U.S. two years ago to pursue playing basketball at the highest level," Makurat wrote on Instagram. "I've learned so much about myself on and off the court at UConn. I'd like to thank my coaches and teammates for supporting me through everything in Storrs. You've helped me become a better person and player.

"I'd like to thank my family for supporting my decision to come to America to play college basketball. After discussions with them, I've decided it's in my best interest to enter the transfer portal. Nothing but love for the Huskies and UConn!"

A native of Sierakowice, Poland, Makurat averaged 5.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.4 assists in 20.4 minutes in 16 games as a sophomore. She missed the final 13 games of the regular season with a lower leg injury, returning for the start of the Big East Tournament. She played just seven minutes against Iowa in the NCAA Sweet 16, did not play at all in the Elite Eight against Baylor, and saw just three minutes of action in the national semifinal against Arizona.

As a freshmen, she played in all 32 games with 14 starts and averaged 7.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game. She was named to the American Athletic Conference all-freshman team.

"We appreciate Anna for her efforts and for being a great teammate the last two seasons," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said in a statement. "We wish Anna and her family the best as she continues her collegiate career."

Makurat's older sister Ola, a forward at Utah, has also entered the transfer portal. She will have one year of eligibility remaining.

Posted in The Bristol Press, UConn on Tuesday, 6 April 2021 20:10. Updated: Tuesday, 6 April 2021 20:13.