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Our mission is to train players of all ages and skill levels. To hear that one of our players has made their grade school, junior high or high school team is truly fulfilling for our staff. In addition, we take a great deal of pride when players we’ve coached continue their careers on the collegiate or professional level. This is a list of players that have played at the Academy and have continued to pursue their "Hoop Dreams"!

Candace Parker

About Candace Parker

Candace Parker was born on April 19th, 1986 at St. Louis in Missouri. She is the younger sister to the NBA star Anthony Parker who plays for the Cavaliers of Cleveland. She is married to Shelden Williams, a former player at the Duke University and the Timberwolves of Minnesota in the NBA. Coming from an American family with a basketball success background, she has managed to get a forward position in the WNBA’s Sparks of Los Angeles. Her rise to fame started with a double dunk while she was a college freshman at Tennessee. She attended high school at Naperville Central High School in Naperville, Illinois where she was playing as a forward.

With a height of 6’4”, Candace can easily dunk the ball and that’s why she has managed to retain her forward position. She can play as a guard and also play comfortably as a center.

Candace Parker has managed to lead her team to record successes. She currently holds the following awards:

  • Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Award – Favorite athletes,
  • Gatorade Award, National Player of the Year
  • USA Today Player of the Year – Won both in 2003 and 2004
  • The Wooden Award – She clinched this award twice in 2007 and 2008.
  • The USBWA player of the year award – She won this award both in 2007 and 2008. 
  • The Wade Trophy – Attained in 2007.
  • The Naismith award – Attained in 2008.
  • The WNBA Most Valuable Player – 2008.
  • The WNBA rookie of the year –2008.
  • The Honda Broderick Cup – Won in 2008.

While at college in Tennessee, she managed to lead the team through 101 and she only lost 10 games. It was the USA today record of being the only one to win twice that led to her invitation to play for the Sparks. She was one of the players in the WBCA, all America High school games and she was able to score 9 points. She was the first female player who announced her verbal commitment to the NCAA women’s basketball on ESPNEWS. In the 2006 SEC Championship Games, she scored the winning shot with 17 seconds remaining to the end of the game when her college was playing against the Louisiana State University Tigers. She graduated with a sports management major in 2008.