Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Brittany Carter Signs Training Camp Deal with Connecticut Sun in WNBA

Brittany Carter (Covington, Ga./Newton County HS) signed a training camp deal with the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun it was announced by the team’s front office Tuesday. Carter becomes the first Tiger to be invited to a WNBA camp since Tiffany Adkins was invited following her senior season in 2001. Carter is trying to also become the first Tiger since Victoria Crawford (2001-2005) to play professional basketball. Crawford played professionally in Israel and Iceland after graduating in 2005.

Carter, a three-time all-Conference USA honoree, capped her Tiger career earlier this spring as the program’s 13th-leading scorer (1,437 points), averaging 15.5 ppg for her three-year career. She also added 4.5 rebounds a game and 44 blocked shots in 93 career games. The Covington, Ga., native holds the University of Memphis single game scoring record (men’s or women’s) with a 49 point effort against Sacramento State at the University of Washington tournament. She was the first Tiger to earn three All-C-USA honors since Tamika Whitmore, who capped her WNBA playing career with the Connecticut Sun in 2008 and 2009.

She was named to all-tournament teams three times in her career at Memphis (University of Washington tournament, Kansas University tournament, St. John’s University tournament).

Carter was also a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award for her excellence in the four C’s of the award criteria – classroom, on the court, in the community and character. She already has completed one degree at the University of Memphis in December of 2010, graduating with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies – Criminal Justice.

The Sun returns 11 players (the maximum league roster size) from last year’s 21-13 team, one of the youngest in the WNBA, and also invited three free agents, in addition to yesterday’s draftees, to go through camp for one of the 11 spots in this year’s roster. Carter will be in camp with players such as Tina Charles, Ashja Jones, Kara Lawson, Renee Montgomery and Tan White.

WNBA clubs are looking for some depth for this coming season, which happens to coincide with the 2012 Summer Olympics. Teams will lose players who are competing on Team USA for up to a month. The Connecticut Sun will lose center Tina Charles to the Olympic squad.
League training camps open on Sunday, April 29th.

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