Sky Select Courtney Paris in Dispersal Draft

CHICAGO, December 14, 2009 – The Chicago Sky selected center Courtney Paris with the fourth pick in the Sacramento Monarchs Dispersal Draft announced Head Coach and General Manager Steven Key.

Paris was selected 7th overall by the Monarchs in the 2009 WNBA Draft. In her rookie season she averaged 4.8 points and 4.10 rebounds in 13.4 minutes per game. In two meetings against the Sky, Paris played 12 minutes total in which she scored five points and grabbed a rebound. In the Monarchs’ season finale against the Minnesota Lynx, Paris grabbed a career best 14 rebounds. She scored a career-high 19 points against the New York Liberty on Aug. 7.

The 6-foot 4-inch Paris graduated from Oklahoma University in 2008 where she averaged 15.9 points and 13.6 rebounds in 37 games started as a senior. She was the first four-time Associated Press and USBWA All-American. Paris recorded a double-double for an NCAA-record, 112 consecutive games throughout her college career.

“We’re excited to have Courtney,” said Key. “If she can transfer her college success to the next level, she should be a huge help in the paint. Courtney should fill up our front court and address our need to improve our rebounding.”

The New York Liberty selected Nicole Powell first; the Minnesota Lynx picked Rebekkah Brunson second; DeMya Walker was selected third by the Connecticut Sun and Laura Harper rounded out the top five getting picked by the San Antonio Silver Stars.