The Las Vegas Aces have signed Kalani Brown to a training camp contract, the team announced Tuesday. Brown last played in the WNBA in May 2021, but has been a top performer during Athletes Unlimited’s inaugural basketball season this winter, currently 10th on the player leaderboard with 2,566 points.
Brown is the second AU athlete to sign a WNBA training camp contract, two weeks after the Connecticut Sun picked up guard Taj Cole.
𝗢𝗙𝗙𝗜𝗖𝗜𝗔𝗟: The Aces have signed @kalanibrown21 to our Training Camp Roster.#ALLIN ♦️♠️ pic.twitter.com/92v2p3AiV7— Las Vegas Aces (@LVAces) February 15, 2022
𝗢𝗙𝗙𝗜𝗖𝗜𝗔𝗟: The Aces have signed @kalanibrown21 to our Training Camp Roster.#ALLIN ♦️♠️ pic.twitter.com/92v2p3AiV7
The seventh overall pick of the Los Angeles Sparks in the 2019 WNBA Draft, Brown averaged 5.1 points and 3.5 rebounds in 28 games as a rookie. In February 2020, the Sparks traded the center to the Atlanta Dream, where she played 10 games that season before suffering an injury. The Dream then waived Brown last season after she appeared in one game.
The former Baylor star has also spent time overseas, playing for Kayseri and most recently for Hatayspor. With Hatayspor, Brown averaged 20.6 points and 6.0 rebounds per game during EuroCup play. In Turkish League competition, she averaged 20.9 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.
With Athletes Unlimited this season, Brown is averaging 14.4 points and 6.0 rebounds per game and leads the league with a 68.8 percent field goal percentage.
“Kalani has been a big presence on the floor during the Athlete’s Unlimited season and overseas in Turkey this year, and I’m anxious to see how she performs in training camp,” Aces head coach Becky Hammon said in a press release Tuesday. “At 6-7, she obviously commands a lot of attention in the post, and at just 24-years-old, she still has room to grow her game.”
“I’m so excited to join the Aces, and to be around so many great vets whom I can learn from, and being coached by one of the greatest to play this game is an added bonus,” Brown said. “I’m beyond grateful for this opportunity, and I’m ready to get to work.”
This week, Brown will play on Team Hawkins, who face Team Sims in their first game on Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET.