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Sydney Colson signs with Las Vegas Aces on training camp contract

Sydney Colson wants Athletes Unlimited to stand on its own. (Jade Hewitt/Athletes Unlimted)

Sydney Colson has signed a training camp contract with the Las Vegas Aces, the team announced Wednesday. It’s Colson’s third stint with the franchise, having previously played with the Aces in 2019 and the San Antonio Stars from 2015-17.

Colson recently completed the Athletes Unlimited basketball season, where she finished 12th overall, averaging 11.4 points and 6.9 assists per game, good for second in the league.

She also drained the shot of the year for Athletes Unlimited, nailing a game-winning, overtime buzzer-beater from half court during the season.

“I’m excited to see Sydney in training camp,” said Aces head coach Becky Hammon. “I know how hard she worked in San Antonio to establish herself in the WNBA, and she had arguably her best year in the league with the Aces in 2019. We had the opportunity to see her quite a bit during the Athletes Unlimited season, and that competitive fire is definitely still there.”

Originally selected 16th overall by the Connecticut Sun in the 2011 WNBA Draft, she was traded to the New York Liberty where she played in 16 games as a rookie. She was waived in 2012 and made her way back to the WNBA in 2015, signing as a free agent with San Antonio.

During three years with the Stars, Colson averaged 3.9 points and 2.5 assists through 96 games. With the Aces in 2019, she averaged 3.3 points and 1.8 assists, making 45 percent of her 3-pointers. She then signed as a free agent with Chicago in 2020, appearing in 17 games.

“I’m excited that the Aces reached out, and I’m very much looking forward to being in training camp again,” said Colson. “I knew I could still compete last season when I was out of the league, but I believe in divine timing, and I try not to question things. I’m all about seizing the moment and the opportunity that’s in front of me, so that’s what I plan to go do.”

Colson isn’t the first Athletes Unlimited player to sign with the Aces as the team signed Kalani Brown to a training camp contract mid-February.