Laura Harper (born April 11, 1986) is an American professional women's basketball assistant coach player American University.She played professionally with the San Antonio Stars of the Women's National Basketball Association. Harper was the 10th pick in the 2009 WNBA draft. She is no longer playing professionally because of continuing pain from previous injury. Harper's father, Haviland Harper played at George Washington University in the 1970s and currently coaches at Central High School in Philadelphia, and is the head of the Mathematics department. Haviland Harper's great-uncle, David "Big Dave" DeJernett, was a pioneering Afro-American basketball star at both pro and amateur levels in the Midwest.
Laura Harper played college basketball at the University of Maryland and was part of the 2006 National Championship team. Harper tore her Achilles tendon during her freshman year, but battled back to become the Most Outstanding Player of the 2006 NCAA tournament. A beloved Terrapin, Laura's No. 15 jersey hangs in the rafters at Comcast Center.
Harper was a member of the USA Women's U18 team which won the gold medal at the FIBA Americas Championship in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. The event was held in August 2004, when the USA team defeated Puerto Rico to win the championship. Harper started all five games and helped the team win the gold medal, scoring 12.8 points per game.