Alexis Gray - Lawson brings the WUBA to Bay Area

by Mike Goss

The Women's Universal Basketball Association (WUBA) has come to terms with former professional basketball player and Cal Golden Bears star, Alexis Gray-Lawson. The Oakland-native confirmed that she will be the WUBA Western Conference Director of California. Gray-Lawson comes to the WUBA from SJND where she served as head women’s basketball coach for years.

Born and raised in the Bay Area, Gray-Lawson was a basketball standout at Oakland Technical High School. She led her team to two California state titles, earning MVP honors, and was selected as a Parade and McDonald’s All-American in 2005. After high school, Gray-Lawson decided to continue her basketball career at the University of California, Berkeley. She went on to receive many recognitions including All-Pac-10 First Team in 2009 and 2010 as well as Pac-10 All-Defensive Team in 2010. She ended her career as Cal's All-Time Three-Point Leader (211) and played in more games (143) than any other player in Cal history. Gray-Lawson earned a gold medal with Team USA at the 2009 World University Games held in Belgrade, Serbia. In 2010, she received the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award, which is presented by the WBCA annually to the "nation's most outstanding NCAA Division I female basketball player who stands 5'8" tall or under”. Today, Gray-Lawson is the No. 4 All-Time Leading Scorer in Cal Women’s Basketball history.

In 2010, Gray-Lawson entered the WNBA draft and was selected 30th overall by the Washington Mystics. She later signed with the Phoenix Mercury and also went on to play professionally in Turkey and Israel.

In 2015, Gray-Lawson joined Como Park Senior High School as the head women’s basketball coach. There, she led the team to two section championships and earned the program’s first state championship berth. She was the youngest high school women’s coach in Minnesota state history to reach 100 wins and was named the All-Metro Sports Awards Girls' Coach of the Year in 2019.

“Alexis has an impressive track record as a player and most recently as a high school coach. She brings a wealth of knowledge and a multitude of experiences that will tremendously benefit our professional woman both on and off the court. We are fortunate to have someone of her caliber return to the Bay Area to lead our program into the future,” said Christy Luxe, WUBA President.