Photo by: Brendan Sullivan Auburn's Blanche Alverson (14), a Buford graduate takes a 3-pointer in the final seconds of the first half over LSU's Danielle Ballard (32) during the SEC Women's Basketball Tournament at the Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth Thursday.
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The Atlanta Dream's training camp roster will now feature two Gwinnett grads.
The WNBA team announced announced Thursday that it signed former Auburn guard/forward Blanche Alverson to a training camp contract. It previously selected Georgia's Anne Marie Armstrong, a Wesleyan grad, in this year's WNBA Draft.
Alverson 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 6-foot-3 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 Gwinnett resident and Dream head coach and general manager Fred Williams, whose coaching staff includes longtime Auburn women's head coach Joe Ciampi. "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."