|No. 12 – Washington Mystics|
September 25, 1984 |
McConnells, South Carolina
|Listed height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Listed weight||143 lb (65 kg)|
|High school||York Comprehensive
(York, South Carolina)
|College||North Carolina (2003–2007)|
|WNBA draft||2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11th overall|
|Selected by the Detroit Shock|
|2009–2010||Mersin Büyükşehir Belediyesi|
|2013–present||North Carolina (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at WNBA.com|
Ivory Latta (born September 25, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the Washington Mystics of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). She was drafted 11th overall by the Detroit Shock in the 2007 WNBA Draft. A 5'6" (1.68 m) guard noted for her three-point shooting and on-court enthusiasm, she played college basketball for the North Carolina Tar Heels. She is the all-time leading scorer in South Carolina high school basketball history (men's and women's) with a total of 4,319 career points.
Born in McConnells, South Carolina, Latta played for York Comprehensive High School in York, South Carolina, where she was named a WBCA All-American. She participated in the 2003 WBCA High School All-America Game where she scored seventeen points, and earned MVP honors.
Latta was named the 2006 Player of the Year by ESPN.com, USBWA, GballMag.com and Basketball Times National Player of the Year, Nancy Lieberman Award Winner as Point Guard of the Year (2006), Consensus All-American (2006), ACC Player of the Year (2006), ACC hlkk
Tournament MVP (2005), WBCA National Player for the Month of March (2005), All-ACC First Team (2007, 2005), AP All-American Third Team (2005), ACC Preseason Rookie of the Year (2004), All-ACC Second Team (2004), All-ACC Freshmen Team (2004). Latta averaged 14.0 points per game as a freshman, 16.2 as a senior, and 16.6 for her career at North Carolina.
Latta was drafted by the Detroit Shock with the 11th pick in the 2007 WNBA Draft. She averaged 3.0 points per game as a rookie, and had the second-best 3-point field goal percentage in the WNBA for the 2007 regular season. On February 6, 2008 She was traded to the Atlanta Dream for the Dream's 2008 second round pick and LaToya Thomas. She played for Ceyhan in Turkey during the 2008–09 WNBA off-season. She was originally released by the Atlanta Dream at the start of the 2009 WNBA season, but then signed on July 3, 2009, after the Dream released Nikki Teasley instead.
Latta played for the Tulsa Shock from 2010-2012, and joined the Washington Mystics in 2013. In 2013, she was selected to the WNBA All-Star Game for the first time. In 2014 Latta was selected as an all-star replacement for the injured Elena Delle Donne.
Latta was hired by her alma mater, North Carolina, as an assistant women's basketball coach in July 2013; she will, however, continue to play for the Mystics.
On January 9, 2003 a resolution was read on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives by U.S. Representative John Spratt honoring Latta. She would also receive the key to the city of York, South Carolina (where she attended high school and Spratt's hometown), which celebrated Ivory Latta Day on January 10, 2003.
Latta's father and paternal grandmother both live with Parkinson's disease and she has been very outspoken about how her father's diagnosis impacted her. As a result, Latta serves as an ambassador for the Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF). In this role, she is involved with fundraising campaigns for PDF and generating awareness about Parkinson's disease, and enlists other professional athletes to support the cause.
Awards and honors
- 2006 – Nancy Lieberman Award
- "official bio".
- "WBCA High School All-America Game Box Scores". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved 29 Jun 2014.
- "WBCA High School All-America Game Team MVP's". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved 29 Jun 2014.
- Atlanta's expansion draft trades/analysis
- Offseason 2008–09: Overseas Roster
- Long-range shooting reason for Latta’s return
- Spain, Sarah. "Shock's Latta hopes for turnaround". ESPN. Retrieved 21 May 2012.
- "Latta to Become Parkinson's Ambassador". TarHeelBlue.com. University of North Carolina Athletics. Retrieved 19 February 2012.