The Atlanta Dream announced Thursday that it has signed former Auburn guard/forward Blanche Alverson to a training camp contract. Per team policy, contract terms were not disclosed.
Alverson, a 2009 graduate of Buford High School in Buford, Ga., recently completed her senior season at Auburn, averaging 12.6 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists while starting every game for the Tigers. She became just the fourth player in Auburn history to tally career totals of at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 100 assists, 100 steals and 50 blocks.
“I am really excited about this opportunity with the Atlanta Dream,” said Alverson. “It was a goal of mine to get invited to a training camp and to be able to do it in a place so close to home and Auburn is really exciting. I’m ready to get over there, work hard through camp and see what I can do.”
The six-foot, three-inch Alverson, who ranks second in Auburn history with 213 career 3-pointers, was invited to participate in the State Farm College 3-Point Championship during the men’s Final Four in Atlanta earlier this month, where she finished fourth. She was also named the Southeastern Conference’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women’s basketball each of the past two seasons.
“Blanche has excellent shooting range and has a high-percentage 3-point shot, so we wanted to bring her in and give her a good look in training camp,” said Dream Head Coach and General Manager Fred Williams. “She’s also a player that will go to the boards and mix it up inside for rebounds, and who can run the floor very well.”
The two-time Eastern Conference Champion Atlanta Dream will tip off its sixth season in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) on May 25 at Philips Arena against Tulsa. The Dream qualified for the playoffs in each of the past four seasons, including back-to-back conference titles in 2010 and 2011.