By Jennifer Roback
Athletes Unlimited is just six days away from launching its inaugural basketball season and the organization has finally released the entire 44-player roster, which includes standout WNBA and NCAA players.
The roster includes:
G Ciara Andrews Saint Joseph's University '16
G/F Antoinette Bannister Carolina University ‘17
C Kalani Brown Hatayspor (KBSL-TUR)
G Lexi Brown Chicago Sky (WNBA)
G Kirby Burkholder Santurce (BSND-PUR)
G Marjorie Butler University of Georgia '16
G/F DiJonai Carrington Connecticut Sun (WNBA)
G Essence Carson Rutgers University '08
G/F Brittany Carter Keltern (DBBL-GER)
G Natasha Cloud Washington Mystics (WNBA)
G Taj Cole Unicaja Málaga (LF2-ESP)
G Sydney Colson Texas A&M University '11
F Drew Edelman Hollywood Wonder (WUBA)
C Nikki Greene Angers (LFB-FRA)
F Kiki Harrigan Seattle Storm (WNBA)
G Rebecca Harris Dynamo NPU (SuperLeague- UKR)
F Isabelle Harrison Dallas Wings (WNBA)
F Tianna Hawkins Atlanta Dream (WNBA)
G Ariel Hearn Sherbrooke Suns (Big V-AUS)
G Grace Hunter North Carolina State University '20
G Briahanna Jackson Club Aztks (LMBPF-MEX)
G/F Meme Jackson Santurce (BSNF-PUR)
G Tyce Knox Texas A&M University '17
F Jessica Kuster Rice University '14
F Takoia Larry Texas Wesleyan University '14
F Jantel Lavender Indiana Fever (WNBA)
C Akela Maize La Glacerie (LF2-FRA)
F Lauren Manis Cegledi (NB I/A-HUN)
G/F Danielle L. McCray Poznan (EBLK-POL)
F Danielle M. McCray Hannover (DBBL-GER)
C Imani McGee-Stafford University of Texas '16
G Laurin Mincy University of Maryland '15
G Kelsey Mitchell Indiana Fever (WNBA)
F Chelsea Phillips FSV Rijeka (Premijer Liga-CRO)
F Toccara Ross Pioneras de Delicias (LBE-MEX)
G Tina Roy University of South Carolina '16
C Mercedes Russell Seattle Storm (WNBA)
G Odyssey Sims Atlanta Dream (WNBA)
G Antoinette Thompson Saarlouis (DBBL-GER)
G Destinee Walker Niki Lefkadas (A1 National-GRE)
G/F Becca Wann-Taylor University of Richmond '14
G Courtney Williams Atlanta Dream (WNBA)
G Dominique Wilson Wroclaw (EBLK-POL)
G/F Ty Young Manati (BSNF-PUR)
“We are very pleased with the diverse and dynamic Athletes Unlimited Basketball roster for our inaugural season. True to our intentions from the beginning, we are providing an additional opportunity for women to play professional basketball in the U.S., whether on a current roster or not. A whole new breed of women’s pro hoops is soon to be unleashed on Las Vegas, and these incredible athletes will surely make for a historic first season that can’t be missed," Athletes Unlimited Director of Basketball Kristen Miles said.
Along with being added to the roster, Lavender and Hawkins were also named to the Athletes Unlimited Basketball Player Executive Committee alongside Cloud, Colson and Young, who were named at the end of last year.
“I know I speak on behalf of all of us when I say that we can’t wait to start playing Athletes Unlimited Basketball. The concept has already been proven in AU’s other three sports, and is going to make for some incredible basketball with super talented players from all over the country," Hawkins added.
The upcoming season is scheduled to start on January 26, 2022, and will be held at Athletes Unlimited Area at the Sport Center of Las Vegas.
Games are also scheduled to be broadcasted on either FOX Sports, CBS Sports Network, Bally Sports or Athletes Unlimited digital channels.
Tickets are available at AUProSports.com.