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After finishing her collegiate career at New Mexico in 1998, Garchek-Jaramillo went undrafted for three years before signing with the WNBA as a free agent and being assigned to the Shock on April 29, 2002. Detroit waived Garchek-Jaramillo on May 7, 2002.
George Washington University
George Washington University, established in 1821, launched its women’s basketball program for the 1975-76 collegiate season. Over the years, the Colonials have made 13 NCAA Tournament appearances. Tajama Abraham played for George Washington and the Shock, and Shock Assistant Coach Cheryl Reeve was an assistant at GW for five seasons.
Georgia, University of
Founded in 1785, the University of Georgia has appeared in 23 NCAA Tournaments and advanced to five Final Fours. Players who attended Georgia and played for the Shock are Deanna Nolan, Kedra Holland-Corn and Kara Braxton.
Chrissy Givens played her collegiate basketball at Middle Tennessee State University, graduating in 2006. She was a two-time Sun Belt Player of the Year and ESPN The Magazine All-American of the Year in 2006-07. The Phoenix Mercury made her the 31st overall pick in the 2007 WNBA Draft, but they cut her just prior to the start of training camp. The Shock signed her to a Training Camp contract on February 29, 2008.
Golden State Warriors
Future Shock Assistant Coach Sonny Allen, who would later go on to be the head coach of the Sacramento Monarchs (1999-2001), was a scout for the Golden State Warriors from 1994-1996
After finishing her collegiate career at Oklahoma City University, an NAIA institution, Gonzalez went undrafted in 2002, signing with the WNBA as a free agent and being assigned to the Shock on April 29, 2002. Detroit waived Gonzalez on May 14, 2002.
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Grand Rapids, Michigan is home to Van Andel Arena, the site of two Shock preseason games - vs. the Charlotte Sting on June 4, 1998 and vs. the Los Angeles Sparks on June 4, 1999. Most recently, the Shock played a home-away-from-home regular season game there on July 21, 2006 vs. the Los Angeles Sparks - a game that the Shock won 73-59.
Great Western Forum
The Los Angeles Sparks called the Great Western Forum home from 1997 to 2001 before moving to STAPLES Center for the 2002 season. The Shock are 2-1 all-time at the Great Western Forum.
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