Darxia Morris, a 2011 Tulsa Shock training camp participant, will be playing in her college town of Los Angeles when 2012 camp opens. A UCLA aluma and native of Pasadena, Calif., Morris has been invited to L.A. Sparks training camp, as announced by the organization yesterday.
Morris was the team leader for the Bruins her senior season, putting up 12.2 points per game. She also added 3.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.8 steals a night for UCLA as a senior to close out her decorated collegiate career. Then-Tulsa head coach Nolan Richardson was looking for help at the point guard position when he invited Morris to training camp last year, and that is certainly a need for the Sparks as the 2012 season rolls closer.
Since her stint with the Shock, Morris played overseas in Israel with Maccabi Ramat Hen, where she posted numbers of 11.4 points on 45.1% shooting, 5.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.9 steals in her time overseas. Her teammates in Israel included fellow Americans Danielle Robinson, Kelsey Griffin and (briefly) Charde Houston. Only Morris, Robinson and Limor Peleg played in all 20 games of the season.
While her time in Tulsa was brief, Morris did what I seem to like best - played her way to camp through the tryout process. She was (and still is apparently, judging by her twitter followers such as Liz Cambage, Kayla Pedersen, Miranda Ayim) well-liked by the Tulsa ladies and gents and by me, too [I thought she was very personable on media day].