Courtney Paris

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Courtney Paris
Paris in 2018
Oklahoma Sooners
PositionAssistant coach
LeagueBig 12 Conference
Personal information
Born (1987-09-21) September 21, 1987 (age 33)
San Jose, California
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High schoolMillennium (Piedmont, California)
CollegeOklahoma (2005–2009)
WNBA draft2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall
Selected by the Sacramento Monarchs
Playing career2009–2020
Coaching career2020–present
Career history
As player:
2009Sacramento Monarchs
2009–2010Maccabi Bnot Ashdod
2010–2011Rivas Ecopolis
2011–2012Atlanta Dream
2012–2017Tulsa Shock / Dallas Wings
2012–2013Adana ASKİ SK
2013–2014Mersin BB
2015–2017Hatay BB
2018–2020Seattle Storm
As coach:
2020–presentOklahoma (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
Stats at
Representing  United States
U18 and U19
Gold medal – first place 2004 U18 Puerto Rico Team Competition
Gold medal – first place 2005 U19 Tunisia Team Competition

Courtney Paris (born September 21, 1987) is an American basketball coach and former player. She is currently an assistant coach at her alma mater, Oklahoma. She last played as a center for the Seattle Storm of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). She is best known for her accomplishments during her college career at the University of Oklahoma, where she holds career averages of 21.4 points and 15.3 rebounds per game. She holds the NCAA record for most consecutive double-doubles at 112. During her senior season in 2009, Paris received considerable media attention when she announced that she would pay back her tuition to the University of Oklahoma if the Sooners did not win the 2009 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament. She would lead Oklahoma to the Final Four before falling short to eventual national runner-up Louisville. Paris was selected with the number seven overall pick by the now-defunct Sacramento Monarchs in the 2009 WNBA Draft.

Early life[edit]

Paris was born in San Jose, California.

Paris' twin sister Ashley Paris is also a basketball player. In addition to being a twin, Paris has four brothers: Wayne, David, Austin and Brandon. She has two half-brothers (Bubba's sons) William III and Christian. Her parents are Lynne Gray and former NFL player William "Bubba" Paris.

Paris transferred from Modesto Christian High School to Piedmont High School and then Millennium High School in Piedmont, California, at the start of the 2002–2003 year. Paris was named a WBCA All-American. She participated in the 2005 WBCA High School All-America Game, where she scored three points.[1] Paris chose Oklahoma over UConn, California, Texas, UCLA, and Syracuse.

College career[edit]

Paris is the only player in NCAA history, male or female, to have 700 points, 500 rebounds, and 100 blocks in a season. In 2005–06, Paris set the women's NCAA record for rebounds in a single season, with 539. She holds the NCAA record for most consecutive double-doubles at 112 games, a streak which ended on February 2, 2009 against Pat Summitt and the Tennessee Lady Volunteers; however, Oklahoma won the game, denying Summitt her 1000th career victory.[2] On February 8, 2009, Paris broke the record for most career NCAA Division I rebounds, formerly held by Wanda Ford of Drake.[3] In the Sooners' victory in the semifinals of the Oklahoma City Regional in the 2009 NCAA Tournament against Pitt on March 29, she became the first player in U.S. college basketball history—regardless of sex, governing body, or division—with 2,500 points and 2,000 rebounds in her career.[4]

Paris also became the first freshman named to the Associated Press All-American team in 2006, and again made the team in 2007.[5] In April 2007, Paris was named the 2007 Associated Press Women's basketball player of the year. She is the first sophomore ever to win the AP Player of the year award.[6] She won All-American honors again her junior year, and as a senior she became the first four-time first-team All-American in women's basketball history.[7] She also won the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, recognizing her as the nation's top senior women's basketball player.

At Oklahoma, Paris majored in journalism.

Paris had announced that if Oklahoma did not win the NCAA championship in 2009, her final year, she would repay her scholarship — worth about $64,000 in out-of-state tuition — to the university. She said that without a championship, "I don’t feel like I’ve earned it.”[8]

On Sunday April 5, 2009, Oklahoma lost to the Louisville Cardinals 61–59. In a post-game interview with ESPN, Paris was asked if she would make do on her promise to repay her $64,000 basketball scholarship. She replied that she would but that it would take her some time. A week later, the university said that she did not have to repay her scholarship.

Oklahoma statistics[edit]


  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Year Team GP Points FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005–06 Oklahoma 36 788 .614 .000 .481 15.0 1.7 1.1 3.3 21.9
2006–07 Oklahoma 33 775 .570 .000 .574 15.9 1.7 1.0 3.4 23.5
2007–08 Oklahoma 31 578 .561 .000 .571 15.0 1.5 0.9 3.5 18.6
2008–09 Oklahoma 37 588 .565 .000 .577 13.6 1.5 0.9 2.9 15.9
Career 137 2,729 .579 .000 .547 14.8 1.6 1.0 3.3 19.9

USA Basketball[edit]

Paris was a member of the USA Women's U18 team which won the gold medal at the FIBA Americas Championship in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. The event was held in August 2004, when the USA team defeated Puerto Rico to win the championship. Paris was the second leading scorer for the team, averaging 15.8 points per game.[10]

Paris continued with the team as it became the U19 team, and competed in the 2005 U19 World Championships in Tunis, Tunisia. The USA team won all eight games, winning the gold medal. Paris was the third leading scorer for the team, averaging 12.1 points per game and tied for the lead in rebounding with 7.0 rebounds per game.[11]

Professional career[edit]

Paris was selected by the Sacramento Monarchs at No. 7 pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft and her sister was drafted to the Los Angeles Sparks.

On December 14, 2009 the WNBA held a dispersal draft for the Monarchs' players. Courtney was taken with the fourth pick by the Chicago Sky. On May 12, 2010, Paris was waived by the Sky.[12]

On February 8, 2011 she signed a free agent contract with the Los Angeles Sparks and on June 2, she was waived.[13]

Paris signed with the Tulsa Shock in 2012. She led the WNBA in rebounding averaging 10.2 per game in 2014 and 9.3 per game in 2015.

On February 2, 2018, Paris signed a multi-year contract with the Seattle Storm.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "WBCA High School All-America Game Box Scores". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Archived from the original on July 15, 2014. Retrieved June 29, 2014.
  2. ^ "Oklahoma Sooners Official Athletic Site – Women's Basketball". CBS Interactive. January 4, 2009. Archived from the original on February 22, 2009. Retrieved January 6, 2009.
  3. ^ "CBS Sports". CBS Interactive. February 8, 2009. Retrieved February 8, 2009.
  4. ^ "Hand, Sooners overcome Paris' foul trouble to reach Elite Eight". ESPN. Associated Press. March 29, 2009. Retrieved March 30, 2009.
  5. ^ "Oklahoma's Courtney Paris Is An All-American Again". KOTV. March 29, 2007. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved August 22, 2007.
  6. ^ Jacobsen, Lynn (April 1, 2007). "Paris named Player of Year". Tulsa World. Retrieved August 22, 2007.
  7. ^ Courtney Paris Becomes Only 4-Time All-American ESPN, March 31, 2009
  8. ^ Star's Vow to Win or Pay Stirs Women's Basketball NY Times, March 23, 2009
  9. ^ "NCAA Statistics". Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  10. ^ "Fifth Women's Junior World Championship Qualifying Team -- 2004". USA Basketball. February 20, 2014. Archived from the original on September 12, 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  11. ^ "Sixth FIBA Women's U19 World Championship -- 2005". USA Basketball. June 10, 2010. Archived from the original on September 7, 2015. Retrieved October 20, 2015.
  12. ^ 2010 WNBA Transactions 2010 WNBA Transaction Page
  13. ^ 2011 WNBA Transactions 2011 WNBA Transaction Page
  14. ^ "Seattle Storm Inks Courtney Paris to Multi-Year Contract". February 2, 2018. Retrieved February 2, 2018.

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