EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon senior Amanda Johnson begins training camp with the Phoenix Mercury today as the team holds its first workout.
On April 16, Johnson was drafted in the third round of the 2012 WNBA Draft by Phoenix as the 33rd overall pick, and the fourth pick for the Mercury.
Johnson was the first student-athlete from Oregon to be selected in the WNBA Draft since Cathrine Kraayeveld was picked in 2005. Kraayeveld is set to start her eighth year in the league, and is beginning her first season with the Atlanta Dream.
Johnson powered the Ducks’ offense in her final three seasons, and was selected to the Pac-12 All-Conference team in 2012 after averaging 18.0 points and 9.6 rebounds per game during her senior campaign. She ended her collegiate career ranked 49th all-time in the Conference in scoring (1,505) and 21st in rebounding (893).
Johnson is also the only player in UO women’s hoops history to rank in the all-time top five of points (5th), rebounds (4th), steals (195, 5th) and three-pointers (168, 5th).
On Tuesday, May 8, the Mercury will play a preseason game vs. the Japanese women's national team at US Airways Center.
Holliday in China
Jasmin Holliday will be in China for the next two weeks playing nine exhibition games for the United States Basketball Academy All-Star Team. The team, which includes post-collegiate student-athletes from around the country, will play in three separate cities.
Joining Holliday on the roster are Katie Bussey from Montana State, Talisa Rhea of Seattle, Missouri State's Casey Garrison, Rebekah Gardner from UCLA, Jalana Childs from Kansas State, Drake's Rachael Hackbarth, Kali Bennett of Arizona State and Natalie Day and ReZina TecleMariam from Portland. The team's head coach is Chris Denker.
Currently Oregon has three former players competing in the Women’s National Basketball League in Australia.
Guard Micaela Cocks averaged 10.4 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game playing for the Townsville Fire. Teammate and former Duck Ellie Manou added 3.8 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.
Ellyce Ironmonger averaged 4.9 points and 3.8 rebounds per game for the Sydney Uni Flames.