Laura Harper (basketball)
|High Point Panthers|
|League||Big South Conference|
|Born||April 11, 1986|
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||186 lb (84 kg)|
|High school||Cheltenham (Wyncote, Pennsylvania)|
|WNBA draft||2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10th overall|
|Selected by the Sacramento Monarchs|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|2009–2010||Umana Reyer Venezia|
|2013–2014||Loyola (Maryland) (assistant)|
|2014–present||High Point (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Laura Ashley Harper (born April 11, 1986) is an American basketball coach and former player who is currently a women's basketball assistant coach at High Point University. She played professionally with the San Antonio Stars of the Women's National Basketball Association.
Harper played for Cheltenham High School in Wyncote, Pennsylvania, where she was named a WBCA All-American. She participated in the 2004 WBCA High School All-America Game where she scored nine points.
Laura Harper played college basketball at the University of Maryland and was part of the 2006 National Championship team. She tore her Achilles tendon during her freshman year, but battled back to become the Most Outstanding Player of the 2006 NCAA tournament. As she is a beloved Terrapin, Harper's No. 15 jersey hangs in the rafters at Comcast Center.
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Professional playing career
Harper was selected in the first round of the 2008 WNBA draft, tenth overall, by the Sacramento Monarchs. As a rookie, she played 34 games and made one start. She averaged 5.5 points and 4.0 rebounds.
In 2009, Harper returned to the Monarchs and started 11 of 33 games played. She averaged 4.5 points and 3.4 rebounds. After the WNBA season, she signed with Umana Reyer Venezia of the Italian Serie A1. In 16 games with Venezia, she averaged 9.6 points and 7.6 rebounds.
Due to injuries, Harper sat out the 2010 and 2011 WNBA seasons. She returned to action later in 2011, again in Europe, with Antakya of the Turkish league, averaging 13.3 points and 9.9 rebounds.
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.
Harper's father Haviland Harper, Jr. played basketball at George Washington and is currently a high school basketball coach and math teacher. 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.
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