Alexis Gray-Lawson: An In-Depth Look


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Alexis Gray-Lawson’s situation in Berkeley has shifted so dramatically from year to year that it’s hard to make any single definitive statement about her collegiate career or pro potential. At no time has that been more evident on the court than the transition between her 4th and 5th seasons, as described by the folks at SBN’s California Golden Blogs: whereas she was more of a distributor in her 2008-09 campaign with senior post players Ashley Walker and Devanei Hampton shouldering most of the scoring burden, in 2009-10 she was the number one scoring option surrounded by six freshmen. So perhaps this can be said about Gray-Lawson’s transformation from complementary distributor to volume scorer: she has the ability and basketball IQ to adapt her game to her team’s needs.

However, Gray-Lawson is more than just a volume shooter: the court sense and body control that make her such a great collegiate scorer attacking the rim has also aided her in finding gaps to draw defenders and set up teammates. Furthermore, in addition to leading the Pac-10 in scoring this season, she’s tenth in offensive rebounding despite her 5’8” stature. Defensively, she’s Cal’s most consistent on the ball defender and routinely takes the opponent’s toughest player. People might question whether a 5’8” scorer can make it in the WNBA, but she’s more well-rounded than people give her credit for and if she can adapt to running an offense at the WNBA level, she’ll be a very valuable asset as a combo guard for any team. So far, there’s no reason to believe she can’t adapt.

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