Former UConn guard Anna Makurat to pursue pro career in Europe

Former UConn guard Anna Makurat plans to pursue a professional career in Europe.

“At this moment of my career, after having a once in a lifetime learning experience for the past two seasons with the UConn Huskies, I now feel confident to pursue my basketball journey in Europe as a pro-baller,” Makurat wrote Monday on Instagram.

The 6-foot-2 Makurat, a native of Poland, announced last week she was transferring from UConn after two seasons. She averaged 3.7 points and 3.3 rebounds in 20.4 minutes per game as a sophomore in 2020-21.

Makurat appeared in UConn’s first nine games, starting six, before missing roughly six weeks with a stress fracture in her right leg.

“I want to thank my family, friends, coaches, and fans for giving me all the support I needed. Your help is much appreciated,” she wrote. “It was an honor and a privilege to be a part of such an incredible program.”

Makurat’s post was accompanied by an outpouring of support from her ex-teammates. Junior Christyn Williams wrote, “She’s a proooooo! Seriously super proud of you sis.” Freshman Paige Bueckers said, “Get yo money den.”

Makurat was set to face a minutes crunch next season. As it stands, the Huskies will return most of their roster while adding three more recruits — No. 1 overall prospect Azzi Fudd, Caroline Ducharme and Amari DeBerry — and Ohio State transfer Dorka Juhasz.

Juhasz, an All-Big Ten forward, announced her plans Monday on social media.

Prior to her time in Storrs, Makurat played in Basket Liga Kobiet, Poland’s top women’s basketball league. She also represented Poland in the 2017 U-20 European Championships.

Makurat averaged 6.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 48 games over two seasons with the Huskies.

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