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Bashaara Graves
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Bashaara Graves's Bio

About Bashaara Graves

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:

  • Drafted by Minnesota in the second round (22nd overall) of the 2016 WNBA Draft
  • Waived by Minnesota, July 2016
  • Signed a free agent contract with Indiana on 2/20/17

OVERSEAS COMPETITION:

  • 2016-17:Played with the KB Stars in Seoul, South Korea in the fall before joining Maccabi Ashdod for winter. In nine games in the Israeli League, she averaged 12.9 points and 9.7 rebounds.

COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 2015-16:She averaged 10.3 points, 8.3 rebounds while shooting 53.8 percent from the field during her senior season…she ranked sixth in the SEC in rebounds per game, and notched eight double-doubles in 2015-16…she scored in double figures 16 times and led the team in rebounding on 16 occasions…she tallied 10 or more rebounds 12 times in 2015-16 and 38 times in her career. Tied a career high with 24 points while shooting a perfect 8-for-8 from the field and 8-of-8 from the free throw line against Penn State, and also recorded 13 rebounds…that 16-of-16 shooting effort vs. PSU was the highest combined Lady Vol perfect game, surpassing Sheila Frost who went 9-for-9 from the field and 2-of-2 from the line, without a miss, vs. Oregon State on Dec. 16, 1987… she grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds against Florida…she scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds against Texas A&M in the SEC semis.
  • 2014-15:Graves started 34 games as a junior, averaging 10.6 points and 7.0 rebounds…she reached the 1,000-point club, 2/1, with 17 points vs. Mississippi State…she scored in double figures on 17 occasions, producing four games with 20 or more points…Graves led the team in rebounding 12 times in while notching nine games with 10 or more boards…she finished with eight double-doubles, opening the season with three-in-a-row including 16/10 vs. Penn, 12/10 vs. Oral Roberts and 15/10 vs. Winthrop…she scored a career-high 24 points on 9-of-11 marksmanship vs. Boise State in the NCAA First Round, followed by 21 points on eight-of-17 shooting and a season-high 14 rebounds in an NCAA Second Round triumph over Pittsburgh…in Tennessee’s top-10 match-up at Notre Dame, she paced UT with 22 points and eight boards while dishing three assists…she had another fine showing in Tennessee’s top-five showdown at South Carolina, tallying 20 points and snaring seven caroms vs. the Gamecocks.
  • 2013-14:Starting 30 of 35 games as a sophomore, she was UT’s third leading rebounder (6.8 rpg) and fourth-leading scorer (9.3 ppg)…she led the team in rebounding on eight occasions while notching six games with 10 or more boards…she ranked No. 3 in the SEC in offensive rebounds per contest at 3.2 and set a school record with 14 offensive rebounds against Georgia Tech (18 total)…she tallied a double-double against Georgia Tech by adding 23 points to those 18 caroms and also dishing out five assists…she averaged 10.0 rebounds per contest in NCAA play to lead Tennessee…she had a team-best 14 rebounds while adding five points and two blocks vs. Maryland in the NCAA Sweet 16.
  • 2012-13:The SEC Freshman of the Year, Graves was All-SEC First-Team and SEC All-Freshman Team… she was the Lady Vols’ No. 1 rebounder (8.0) and No. 2 scorer (13.2) as a rookie, ranking seventh and 11th in the SEC…Graves’ rebounding and scoring averages ranked No. 4 and No. 10, respectively, among all-time freshmen at Tennessee…she led Tennessee and was fourth in the SEC with 10 double-doubles…in UT history, only Chamique Holdsclaw (16) and Sheila Frost (11) had more double-doubles as freshmen, tying Candace Parker with 10 and was one ahead of Tamika Catchings (9)…among those were double-double efforts vs. Stanford (15 pts., 12 rebs.), Notre Dame (19/13) and Louisville (11/10)…she posted a double-double in her second career game, tallying 18 points, 12 rebounds and four steals in a key early win at No. 22/20 Georgia Tech…she scored in double figures 29 times in 35 games, including the first eight contests of the season…she notched a season-high 23 points and added eight rebounds vs. No. 10/11 Georgia…surrounded by three defenders, she scored UT’s game-winning basket with 0.8 seconds remaining in the Lady Vols’ 64-62 victory at LSU to finish with 17 points…she corralled at least 10 rebounds on 11 occasions as a freshman.

PERSONAL:

  • Born on March 17, 1994 in Clarksville, Tennessee
  • Daughter of Keinya Graves
  • Siblings include brothers Donovan Young and Giovanni Marshall and sisters Ke’Undrea Ogburn and Semajia Ogburn
  • Majored in sociology at Tennessee, where she was the recipient of the Lloyd Lawson Thornton Winners’ Circle Scholarship
  • Starred at Clarksville High School, where her jersey was retired in December 2016. She was the fourth basketball player overall, and the first female, to have their number retired by the school.
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