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Former LSU star Alexis Morris signs with Turkish basketball team

Alexis Morris and her LSU teammates celebrate after winning the 2023 NCAA championship. (C. Morgan Engel/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

Alexis Morris is headed overseas.

Ilkem Yapi Tarsus of the Turkish women’s Super League has signed the former LSU women’s basketball star and WNBA draft pick to a contract. Morris announced the news via Instagram.

Morris thanked the team, then wrote: “INTERNATIONAL. LUTHOR TAKES ON TURKEY!!”

Ilkem Yapi Tarsus is set to compete in the highest league in Turkish women’s basketball  for the first time after winning the second-tier league last season.

A second-round draft pick in the 2023 WNBA draft by the Connecticut Sun, Morris made headlines after being cut from the roster during training camp. Following her release, Morris made comments about WNBA players over the age of 35 needing to retire in order to make room for younger players in a series of now-deleted tweets.

“The vets gotta know when to cut the net, and pass the torch bro,” she wrote. “If you knocking at 35, hang it up and I mean WIRED HANGER ‘Hang it up.’”

Previously, Morris had spoken about the difficulties of transitioning to the WNBA.

Her tweets caused a stir on social media, with many WNBA veterans pointing out how they had their own long and winding roads in the league. A small number of rookies are playing in the league this season, including Aliyah Boston and Diamond Miller. Just 15 of 36 draft picks made opening-day rosters.

Morris won a national title with LSU last season, averaging 15.9 points, 2.9 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.8 steals per game.