September 21, 1987 |
San Jose, California
|Listed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|High school||Millennium (Piedmont, California)|
|WNBA draft||2009 / Round: 2 / Pick: 22nd overall|
|Selected by the Los Angeles Sparks|
Ashley Paris (born September 21, 1987) is a former WNBA player for the Los Angeles Sparks. She is the twin sister of Courtney Paris, who plays for the Tulsa Shock in the WNBA. She has been nationally recognized for her basketball achievements at the University of Oklahoma. She was selected on April 9, 2009 with 22nd overall pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft by the Los Angeles Sparks.
Paris played for Piedmont High School in Piedmont, California, where she was named a WBCA All-American. She participated in the 2005 WBCA High School All-America Game, where she scored eight points
On May 21, 2006, she was named a 2006 USA U20 National Team finalist. She chose the University of Oklahoma over such schools as Texas, UConn, Cal and Syracuse. Ashley and twin sister Courtney helped the Sooners go undefeated in the Big 12 during the 2005–2006 season, in which they went on to win the Big 12 Championship. In 2007 Ashley became a starter on the University of Oklahoma Women’s Basketball team along with sister Courtney. That year she received Big 12 Honorable Mention as well as making the All-Big 12 Academic First Team. She was a communications major and graduated in Spring 2009.
Paris was drafted in the WNBA Draft with the 22nd overall pick in the second round, 14 spots after her twin sister Courtney Paris. Paris was drafted by the Los Angeles Sparks. The Sparks announced that they decided to waive Paris on June 4, one day before the 11-man roster deadline on June 5. Although she was waived by the Sparks, she did manage to play in a preseason game. She wore the number 54 at the forward position. She scored 1 point which came at the free throw line. She played eight minutes for the Sparks in her only WNBA "game". In March 2010 she was signed to a training camp contract by the Phoenix Mercury, and in March 2011 to a similar contract by the Atlanta Dream.
Paris plays professional basketball in the WNBA. She is the twin sister of fellow WNBA player Courtney Paris. The twins are the daughters of Lynne Gray and former NFL player William "Bubba" Paris. She also has four brothers named Wayne, David, Austin, and Brandon and two halfbrothers (Bubba's sons) William III and Christian.
- USA Basketball Bio: Ashley Paris
- Scout.com: All articles relevant to Ashley Paris
- Ashley Paris Sooner Player Profile