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CAREER: Selected by the Detroit Shock in the fourth round (No. 54 Overall) of the 2001 WNBA Draft…Waived by Detroit on May 21, 2003…Member of bronze medal winning Brazilian National Team at 2000 Summer Olympics...Teammate of Shock guard Claudia Maria das Neves on bronze medal winning team...Played overseas in Brazilian professional league (Carioca) for Vasco da Gama of the Brazilian Professional League during the 2000-01 season...Led league in blocks (1.4 bpg), fourth in FG percentage (.590) and was fifth in rebounds (8.0 rpg)...Santos has played with Brazilian National Select team since 1997, joining team at age 18.

2001: Ranked first on the team in field goal percentage (20-of-42, .476)…Scored a season-high 11 points vs. Indiana on June 23…Grabbed a season-high five rebounds on two occasions – at Indiana on June 22 and vs. Indiana on June 23…Handed out a season-high two assists at Charlotte on June 16…Picked up a season-high one steal on three occasions – at Charlotte on June 15, vs. Indiana on June 23 and at Charlotte on June 27…Blocked a season-high two shots at Orlando on July 8...Placed on the Injured List with a strained groin on July 13…In 14 games as a rookie, all of the bench, averaged 3.7 ppg, 1.9 rpg and 10.0 mpg…Led team in FG percentage (.476, 20-42 FG)…Posted 10-plus points one time, tallied five-plus rebounds on two occasions…Placed on the injured list with a right second degree groin strain on 7/13 and remained on the injured list for the remainder of the 2001 WNBA season.


Personal

  • Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Full name is Kelly da Silva Santos.

  • Career Transactions

    Drafted in the fourth round (#54 overall) of 2001 WNBA Draft by the Detroit Shock.

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