Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma had so much confidence in Bird as a freshman that she started the first eight games of her career at point guard. But Bird's season was cut short when she tore her anterior cruciate ligament.
In her first full season, Bird directed the Huskies to the 2000 national title, along the way picking up NCAA Final Four honors and the Nancy Lieberman-Cline National Point Guard of the Year Award.
With two more years of Bird serving as the team's floor general, Connecticut has to be dreaming big. Their point guard has already showed the composure of a veteran in big games and the ability to score -- she is the Huskies' third-leading scorer and recorded a career-high 25 points against Tennessee last January.
On a team brimming with talent, Bird may often be overshadowed by some of her teammates, but everyone knows who gets them the ball.