Las Vegas (April 24, 2018)—Las Vegas finalized its inaugural training camp roster this week, as 15 members of the Aces will begin competing for a regular season roster spot beginning Sunday, April 29.
Las Vegas currently has 22 players under contract, some of whom will not arrive in Las Vegas until after April 29 due to overseas commitments. Teams are permitted to have 15 players in camp until May 17 at 2 pm PT, when they must reduce their rosters to 12.
In addition to the Aces’ returnees, draftees, and offseason free agent signees, Las Vegas inked two additional players to contracts prior to the start of training camp—UNLV’s Brooke Johnson, and Mississippi State’s Morgan William.
Johnson was one of the top defenders in the Mountain West Conference throughout her career, leading the league in steals as a sophomore and junior, and finishing second as a senior. She helped lead the Lady Rebels to a share of their first-ever Mountain West regular season title in 2017-18, and was named conference Defensive Player of the Year.
Johnson is the second member of the Lady Rebels to earn Defensive Player of the Year honors. The first was current Las Vegas Aces guard Sequoia Holmes.
William is best remembered by college basketball fans as the woman who ended UConn’s four-year stranglehold on the national championship. It was her jumper at the buzzer that gave Mississippi State a 66-64, overtime victory over the Huskies in their 2017 national semifinal match-up.
William was named to the Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention Team as a junior and senior. She finished her collegiate career with 1,400 points, 656 assists and 181 steals.
Las Vegas tips off its first season of WNBA competition at Mandalay Bay Events Center on Sunday, May 27 at 5 pm PT. Season tickets may be purchased at LasVegasAces.com. For additional information about the Aces please visit LasVegasAces.com or follow on social media via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
|2018 Training Camp Roster|
|No.||Name||Pos||Ht||Wt||Date of Birth||Exp||College||Hometown|
|1||Tamera Young||F||6-2||170||October 30, 1986||10||James Madison||Wilmington, NC|
|2||Jacki Gemelos||G||6-0||165||November 22, 1988||1||USC||Stockton, CA|
|3||Kelsey Bone||C||6-4||215||December 31, 1991||4||Texas A&M||Houston, TX|
|4||Moriah Jefferson||G||5-6||122||March 8, 1994||2||UConn||Dallas TX|
|7||Morgan William||G||5-5||July 14, 1996||R||Mississippi State||Birmingham, AL|
|8||Carolyn Swords||C||6-6||209||July 19, 1989||6||Boston College||Sudbury, MA|
|12||Nia Coffey||F||6-1||170||June 11, 1995||1||Northwestern||Saint Paul, MN|
|13||Raigyne Louis||G||5-10||September 3, 1994||R||Louisiana State||Fort Lauderdale, FL|
|17||Sequoia Holmes||G/F||6-1||155||June 13, 1986||3||UNLV||Las Vegas, NV|
|19||JiSu Park||C||6-5||December 6, 1998||R||South Korea|
|22||A’ja Wilson||C||6-5||August 8, 1996||R||South Carolina||Hopkins, SC|
|24||Kahlia Lawrence||G||5-8||February 18, 1996||R||Mercer||Columbus, GA|
|31||Jaime Nared||G/F||6-2||September 14, 1995||R||Tennessee||Portland, OR|
|32||Brooke Johnson||G||6-0||March 6, 1996||R||UNLV||Hanford, CA|
|51||Sydney Colson||G||5-8||140||August 6, 1989||4||Texas A&M||Houston, TX|
|5||Dearica Hamby||F||6-3||189||November 6, 1993||3||Wake Forest||Atlanta, GA|
|10||Kelsey Plum||G||5-8||145||August 24, 1994||1||Washington||San Diego, CA|
|11||Cierra Burdick||F||6-2||173||September 30, 1993||3||Tennessee||Charlotte, NC|
|30||Isabelle Harrison||F||6-3||183||September 27, 1993||2||Tennessee||Nashville, TN|
|21||Kayla McBride||G||5-11||174||June 25, 1992||4||Notre Dame||Erie, PA|
|23||Ivey Slaughter||F||6-1||173||October 4, 1994||R||Florida State||Macon, GA|
|Valeriane Ayayi||F||6-1||April 29, 1994||1||France|
2018 Training Camp Roster
## Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Date Of Birth Exp. College Hometown