In a piece by ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, it was announced that Candace Parker has “committed” to playing for the Chicago Sky after 13 years with the Los Angeles Sparks
Candace Parker was originally drafted number one overall by the Los Angeles Sparks in the 2008 WNBA Draft after her dominance at Tennessee. As a Volunteer, she won two NCAA titles, a Naismith College Player of the Year, John R. Wooden Award (twice), and several other accolades. She would quickly make her mark in the WNBA.
Not only did she help lead her team back to the playoffs but she was named Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player in her first season in the WNBA. The accolades and successes kept coming.
A summer that began with a loss of her college coach and basketball legend, Pat Summit, ended with her Parker’s first championship in 2016. As much as this long-waited championship was hers, she made a point to those watching that it was “for Pat.”
Candace Parker has played 337 WNBA regular season games and 48 playoff games during her 13 seasons. She averages 16.9 points on 51 percent shooting, 8.6 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.6 blocks during her career. Parker even sees increases in several of the categories come playoff time.
Well, she’s now coming home. Parker was born in St. Louis, Missouri but moved at an early age to Naperville, Illinois.
Chicago Sky are coming off some solid performances under head coach James Wade. Parker might just be the missing piece to help bring another championship to the great city of Chicago. Basketball was a big deal in her household but she wasn’t always convinced about playing. She eventually did come eighth grade and it would change her life. Before her college and professional success on the court, she made a name for herself playing for Naperville Central.
At Naperville Central, she would win 2 Class 2A Championship and leave holding several school records. Those included points and rebounds. She scored 2,768 points and grabbed 1,592 rebounds across 121 high school games. The awards came early for her and never stopped. I could list them but let’s just say she practically swept every area, state, and national award during her high school career.
Welcome home, Candace Parker.