Deanna Nolan

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Deanna Nolan
Deanna Nolan.jpg
Born (1979-08-25) August 25, 1979 (age 35)
Flint, Michigan
Nationality American / Russian
Listed height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Listed weight 144 lb (65 kg)
College Georgia
WNBA draft 6th overall, 2001
Detroit Shock
WNBA career 2001–2009
Profile WNBA player profile
WNBA teams
Detroit Shock (2001–2009)
Awards and honors
  • 3× WNBA Champion (2003, 2006, 2008)
  • WNBA Finals MVP (2006)
  • WNBA All-Star (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007)
  • All-WNBA First Team (2005, 2007)
  • All-WNBA Second Team (2003)

Deanna Nicole "Tweety" Nolan (born August 25, 1979) is a American-Russian professional basketball player for UMMC Ekaterinburg of the Russian Premier League as well as the Russia women's national basketball team.[1] 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.

Early life[edit]

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[edit]

Nolan attended Flint Northern High School where she led her team to back to back Michigan state championships in 1994 and 1995, and was crowned as Michigan's 1995 Miss Basketball.


Her favorite basketball players are Allen Iverson and Rajon Rondo.

College years[edit]

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.

WNBA career[edit]

In the 2001 WNBA Draft, Nolan was selected by the Detroit Shock in the first round (sixth overall). She has been nicknamed "Tweety", and is well known by fans for her amazing vertical leap.

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.

International career[edit]

In the 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10 and 2012-13 WNBA off seasons, she played for the UMMC Ekaterinburg club in Russia.[2]

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.


  1. ^ Return unlikely for Flint's Deanna Nolan after success in Russia
  2. ^ Offseason 2008–09: Overseas Roster

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