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Athletes Unlimited Unveils Full Player Roster for Inaugural Basketball Season

WNBA champs Mercedes Russell and Lexie Brown are among the new players announced as part of the overall pool of 44.

Athletes Unlimited has confirmed its full list of 44 players who will compete in its first-ever women’s basketball league season, the company announced Tuesday.

Among the 31 newly announced players include star Indiana Fever star Kelsey Mitchell, WNBA champ Lexie Brown of the Chicago Sky, and Seattle Storm center Mercedes Russell. The trio joins previously announced stars who will compete from Jan. 26 to Feb. 26 in Las Vegas like Natasha Cloud, Sydney Colson, Ty Young, Courtney Williams, Tianna Hawkins, and Odyssey Sims.

“I am honored and thrilled to be part of Athletes Unlimited’s inaugural basketball season,” said Mitchell, who was No. 8 in the WNBA in scoring last season at 17.8 points per game. “AU offers women another opportunity to play professional basketball in the United States and will provide national television exposure that will help us grow the game we love to play.”

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Athlete’s Unlimited will play nationally televised basketball games on CBS Sports Network, Fox Sports 2 ,and on Bally Sports’ regional sports networks. Other notable names on the full roster include Atlanta Dream center Kalani Brown, Dallas Wings forward Isabelle Harrison, and former Dallas, Atlanta, and Chicago center Imani McGee-Stafford.

Becca Wann-Taylor, Taj Cole, Briahanna Jackson, and Takoia Larry earned AU roster spots from open tryouts that took place last month in Atlanta.

“We are very pleased with the diverse and dynamic Athletes Unlimited Basketball roster for our inaugural season,” said Kristen Miles, Athletes Unlimited’s Director of Basketball. “True to our intentions from the beginning, we are providing an additional opportunity for women to play professional basketball in the U.S., whether on a current roster or not. A whole new breed of women’s pro hoops is soon to be unleashed on Las Vegas, and these incredible athletes will surely make for a historic first season that can’t be missed.”

2022 Athletes Unlimited Basketball Roster 

Ciara Andrews Glenside, Pa. Saint Joseph’s ‘16 
G/F Antoinette Bannister Jacksonville, Fla. East Carolina ‘17 
Kalani Brown Slidell, La. Baylor ‘19 Hatayspor (KBSL-Turkey)
Lexie Brown Suwanee, Ga. Duke ‘18 Chicago Sky (WNBA)
Kirby BurkholderBridgewater, Va. James Madison ‘14 Santurce (BSNF-Puerto Rico)
Marjorie Butler Knoxville, Tenn. Georgia ‘16 
G/FDiJonai Carrington San Diego, Calif. Stanford ‘20Connecticut Sun (WNBA)
Essence CarsonPaterson, N.J. Rutgers ’08 
G/FBrittany Carter St. Louis, Mo. Ball State ‘14Keltern (DBBL-Germany)
Natasha CloudBroomall, Pa. St. Joseph’s ‘15 Washington Mystics (WNBA)
Taj Cole Richmond, Va. Georgia ‘19Unicaja Málaga (LF2-Spain)
Sydney ColsonHouston, Texas Texas A&M ‘11 
F/C Drew EdelmanSunnyvale, Calif.USC ’16Hollywood Wonder (WUBA)
F/CNikki Greene Diboll, Texas Penn State ‘13 Angers (LFB-France)
FKiki HarriganPembroke Pines, Fla.South Carolina ’20Seattle Storm (WNBA)
Rebecca Harris Belleville, Ill. Illinois ‘08 Dynamo NPU (SuperLeague-Ukraine)
Isabelle Harrison Nashville, Tenn. Tennessee ‘15 Dallas Wings (WNBA)
Tianna HawkinsWashington, D.C. Maryland ‘13 Atlanta Dream (WNBA)
Ariel Hearn Memphis, Tenn. Memphis ‘16 Sherbrooke Suns (Big V-Australia)
Grace Hunter Raleigh, N.C. NC State ‘20
Briahanna Jackson Tampa, Fla. Louisville ‘17 Club Aztks (LMBPF-Mexico)
G/FMeme Jackson Murfreesboro, Tenn. Tennessee ‘19 Santurce (BSNF-Puerto Rico)
Tyce KnoxHumble, Texas Texas A&M ‘17 
Jessica KusterSan Antonio, Texas Rice ‘14 
Takoia Larry South Bend, Ind. Texas Wesleyan ‘14 
Jantel LavenderCleveland, Ohio Ohio State ‘11 Indiana Fever (WNBA)
Akela Maize Greensboro, N.C. NC State ‘18 La Glacerie (LF2-France)
Lauren Manis Franklin, Mass. Holy Cross ‘20Cegledi (NB I/A-Hungary)
G/FDanielle L. McCray Olathe, Kan. Kansas ‘10 Poznan (EBLK-Poland)
Danielle M. McCray West Palm Beach, Fla. Ole Miss ‘16 Hannover (DBBL-Germany)
Imani McGee-Stafford Los Angeles, Calif. Texas ‘16 
Laurin MincyNewark, N.J. Maryland ‘15 
Kelsey Mitchell Cincinnati, Ohio Ohio State ‘18 Indiana Fever (WNBA)
Chelsea Phillips Long Beach, Calif. ParkFSV Rijeka (Premijer Liga-Croatia)
Toccara Ross Davenport, Iowa Iowa State ‘09 Pioneras de Delicias (LBE-Mexico)
Tina Roy Kaplan, La. South Carolina ‘16 
Mercedes Russell Springfield, Ore. Tennessee ‘18 Seattle Storm (WNBA)
Odyssey SimsIrving, Texas Baylor ‘14 Atlanta Dream (WNBA)
Antoinette Thompson Fort Worth, Texas TCU ‘12 Saarlouis (DBBL-Germany)
Destinee Walker Orlando, Fla. North Carolina ‘19Niki Lefkadas (A1 National-Greece)
G/FBecca Wann-Taylor Chesterfield, Va. Richmond ‘14 
Courtney WilliamsFolkston, Ga. South Florida ‘16 Atlanta Dream (WNBA)
Dominique Wilson Powder Springs, Ga.NC State ‘17Wroclaw (EBLK-Poland)
G/F Ty YoungWilmington, N.C. James Madison ‘08 Manati (BSNF-Puerto Rico)
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