|WNBA's Phoenix Mercury – No. 4|
August 16, 1984 |
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||175 lb (79 kg)|
|Draft||6th overall, 2006
|Chicago Sky (2006–2009)
Phoenix Mercury (2010–present)
|Awards and honors|
Candice Dupree (born August 16, 1984 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) is an American basketball player for the Phoenix Mercury. She was selected 6th in the 2006 WNBA Draft by the Chicago Sky before being traded to Mercury in 2010. She also played professional basketball in Slovakia.
Dupree grew up in Tampa Bay, Florida. She played basketball and volleyball at Paul R. Wharton High School and has two sisters; one is her twin, while the other is several years younger. Dupree played basketball at Temple University from 2002 to 2006. She won numerous awards and accolades as a college basketball player, drawing comparisons to the NBA's Tim Duncan.
Dupree was selected 6th overall in the 2006 WNBA Draft by the Chicago Sky, an expansion team that year. As a rookie, she was named to the Eastern Conference WNBA All Star team. In her first All-Star game, she competed against her former college coach Dawn Staley. Dupree was also named to the Eastern Conference WNBA All-Star Team in 2007 and 2009 in the WNBA (there was no WNBA All Star game in 2008 due to the Olympics). For the 2009 season, Dupree tied for second place in the WNBA with 268 total rebounds.
Dupree, along with then-Chicago Bulls guard Ben Gordon and ex-Bulls star Scottie Pippen, participated in the Shooting Stars competition at the 2007 NBA All-Star Game Weekend. In 2008, Dupree again represented Chicago at the Shooting Stars competition, along with Chris Duhon and B.J. Armstrong.
Dupree played professional basketball in Poland, for the TS Wisła Can-Pack Kraków club, during the 2007–08 and 2008–09 WNBA off-seasons. In 2008, Wisla Can Pack won the PLKK league championship, and Dupree was named Most Valuable Player of the championship series. In 2009, Dupree was named to the "Rest of the World" (non-European) squad for the EuroLeague Women All Star Game. During the 2009–2010 WNBA off-season Dupree is playing for Slovak national champion Good Angels Košice.
Dupree was a member of the team representing the USA at the 2005 World University Games Team in Izmir, Turkey. In the quarterfinals against Taiwan, she led her team in scoring with 16 points. Dupree averaged 7.6 points per game, helping the team to a 7–0 record, and a gold medal at the event.
Dupree was invited to the USA Basketball Women's National Team training camp in the fall of 2009. Dupree was one of twenty players named to the national team pool. Twelve of this group will be chosen to represent the USA in the 2010 World Championships and the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Dupree was named as one of the National team members to represent the USA Basketball team in the WNBA versus USA Basketball. This game replaces the normal WNBA All-Star game with WNBA All-Stars versus USA Basketball, as part of the preparation for the FIBA World Championship for Women to be held in the Czech Republic during September and October 2010. Dupree was selected to be a member of the National team representing the USA at the World Championships held in September and October of 2010. The team was coached by Geno Auriemma. Because many team members were still playing in the WNBA until just prior to the event, the team had only one day of practice with the entire team before leaving for Ostrava and Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic. Even with limited practice, the team managed to win its first games against Greece by 26 points. The team continued to dominate with victory margins exceeding 20 points in the first five games. Several players shared scoring honors, with Swin Cash, Angel McCoughtry, Maya Moore, Diana Taurasi, Lindsay Whalen, and Sylvia Fowles all ending as high scorer in the first few games. The sixth game was against undefeated Australia — the USA jumped out to a 24-point lead and the USA prevailed 83–75. The USA won its next two games by over 30 points, then faced the host team, the Czech Republic, in the championship game. The USA team had only a five-point lead at halftime, which was cut to three points, but the Czechs never got closer. Team USA went on to win the championship and gold medal. Dupree averaged 9.2 points per game while hitting 75% of her field goal attempts. She led the team in rebounds with 6.0 per game.
Dupree was one of 21 finalists for the U.S. Women’s Olympic Basketball Team Roster. The 20 professional women's basketball payers, plus one collegiate player (Brittney Griner), were selected by the USA Basketball Women’s National Team Player Selection Committee to compete for the final roster which will represent the USA at the 2012 Olympics in London.
- Position: Forward, Center
- Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
- College: Temple University
- Team(s): Chicago Sky, Phoenix Mercury
Awards and achievements
- Member of the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team in 2003 and second team in 2004.
- Named Atlantic 10 and Philadelphia Big Five Player of the Year in 2005.
- Named the 2005 Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year.
- Named 2005 Associated Press All-American Honorable Mention.
- Member of the 2005 Atlantic 10 first team and two-time Big Five first team selection in 2004 and 2005.
- Named Atlantic 10 and Philadelphia Big Five Player of the Year in 2006.
- Named the 2006 Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year.
- Named to 2006 Associated Press All-American Third Team.
- Selected for Atlantic 10 All-Defensive Team in 2004, 2005, and 2006.
- Named MVP of the Atlantic 10 Tournament in 2004, 2005, and 2006.
- Named Philadelphia-area Player of the Decade by Philadelphia Inquirer in 2010.
- 2006, 2007, and 2009 WNBA All-Star Selection.
- Mowins, Beth, "Duncan-like Dupree turning heads," ESPN Women's Basketball, November 23, 2005.
- 2009 Rebounding Leaders
- "Sky deal Dupree for 2 players," ESPN.com, May 30, 2010.
- McGraw, Patricia Babcock, "Dupree says it was time to move on from Sky," Chicago Daily Herald, March 30, 2010.
- Haier Shooting Stars 2005–2008
- Offseason 2007–08:Overseas Roster
- Offseason 2008–09: Overseas Roster
- Dupree:All-Star selection a pleasant surprise
- Offseason 2009–10: Overseas Roster
- Kosice Homepage
- "TWENTY-SECOND WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES -- 2005". USA Basketball. Retrieved 25 Oct 2013.
- "USA Basketball Women's National Team To Tip-Off Training Tomorrow In D.C.". USA Basketball. Retrieved 2009-10-01.
- "Charles, Moore lead U.S. pool additions". ESPN. March 3, 2010. Retrieved March 3, 2010.
- "Six Olympic Gold Medalists Among 11-Member Team Set To Participate In WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Stars at the Sun Game". USA Basketball. June 30, 2010. Retrieved July 5, 2010.
- "FIBA World Championship for Women". FIBA. Retrieved July 5, 2010.
- "Twenty-One Finalists In The Mix For Final 2012 U.S. Women’s Olympic Basketball Team Roster". USA Basketball. February 13, 2012. Retrieved 13 February 2012.
- Current and Former Women's Basketball Players Honored by Philadelphia Inquirer