Oakland Warriors ink Cal Legend: Alexis Gray-Lawson

by David Walls

Oakland Warriors (WUBA) agreed terms with 32-year old American guard Alexis Gray-Lawson (5'8''-PG-87, college: California). This will be Gray-Lawson's return to professional basketball in years. She last played in Israel for Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion (Israel-D1). In 13 games she posted an incredible : Score-3 (20.5ppg), 6.8rpg, 2.3apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 53.5%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 74.5%. Gray-Lawson would later be named Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 2nd Team along with All-Import honors.

"Alexis is a big addition to the WUBA" said WUBA President Christy Luxe. These are the types of women we want in the league. Basketball is important but the message of these women make the difference. It's all about the next generation.

Alexis Gray-Lawson was picked by the Washington Mystics in the 2010 WNBA Draft but spent her WNBA career with the Phoenix Mercuryy, playing a total of 46 games in 2011 and 2012. As a rookie in 2011, Gray-Lawson played in 27 games, averaging 3.9 points in 11.4 minutes for a team that made it to the Western Conference finals. Her playing time improved in 2012 to 16.7 minutes per game as did her scoring average, up to 4.5 points in addition to 2.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists. Gray-Lawson was signed to a training camp contract again in 2014 while playing in Israel.

Cal Career: As a SENIOR in 2009-10 Selected in the third round of the 2010 WNBA Draft by the Washington Mystics (30th overall pick), just the second Cal player ever drafted by a WNBA team...2010 Frances Pomeroy Naismith winner as the top player in the nation 5-8 or shorter...Pac-10 Media All-Pac-10 Team, earned her third career All-Pac-10 honors, being named to the post-season team...earned her first Pac-10 All-Defensive honors...WNIT MVP...Associated Press honorable mention All-American...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, starting all 143 of them...finished as the third leading scorer in Cal history (1,982 points)...also in the career top-ten in freethrows (417), assists (357), steals (190) Second in the Pac-10 in scoring (17.8 ppg), ranking 42nd among all NCAA DI players...642 points is the fifth highest single-season total in Cal program history.. She also won a gold medal the summer of 2009 with the USA National Team.