August 25, 1979 |
|Nationality||American / Russian|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||144 lb (65 kg)|
|Draft||6th overall, 2001
|Detroit Shock (2001–2009)|
|Awards and honors|
Deanna Nicole "Tweety" Nolan (born August 25, 1979) is a professional American basketball player for the WNBA and the Russian Women's Basketball Premier League. Her primary position is shooting guard, but occasionally plays the point guard position. Her original name was Deana, but was legally changed to Deanna in 2000.
Nolan is the daughter of the late Phillip Murphy and Virginia Nolan. She has two older brothers Omar and Chris and one older sister Lekia. She lost her father a week before her first birthday.
High school years
Nolan graduated in December 2001 with a degree in child and family development from the University of Georgia. Overall she helped the Lady Bulldogs achieve an 86–12 record overall during her collegiate career.
As a senior, Nolan earned 2001 All-SEC Tournament Team honors.
Nolan also helped the Detroit Shock win their first championship in 2003. In 2006, she won another championship with Detroit and was named MVP of the 2006 WNBA Finals.
In 2008, she helped the Shock win their third WNBA Championship. In 2007, 2008 and 2009, she was named the Detroit Shock Player of the Year in voting by members of the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association.
She obtained a Russian passport in order to not count against the team's allowed number of foreign players. She stated during 2008 that she hoped to play for the Russian Olympic team, but was passed over in favor of Becky Hammon.