CHICAGO– Stella Johnson, a rookie guard from Rider who led the country in scoring last season, has actually signed a free-agent agreement with the Chicago Sky, the WNBA team announced Monday.

Johnson, who averaged 24.8 points as a senior in 2019-20, was a third-round draft pick (No. 29 overall) by the Phoenix Mercury in April. But according to Arizona’s Cronkite News, the Mercury launched Johnson and three other players in late Might– without being able to evaluate them in a training camp– when WNBA teams had to trim rosters to 12 so that gamers could start getting paychecks.

The 5-foot-10 Johnson was a two-time gamer of the year in the City Atlantic Athletic Conference and Rider’s first All-American in women’s basketball.

” We more than happy to announce we have actually signed Stella,” Sky general supervisor and coach James Wade stated. “She is somebody who we’ve followed carefully. We feel that she is a young gamer with a great deal of capacity. We really liked that she is a physical guard who can give us some guard depth at the point guard and off-guard positions.”

Johnson’s signing brings the Sky lineup to 12 gamers, consisting of All-Star guards Diamond DeShields, Courtney Vandersloot and Allie Quigley.

The WNBA prepares to play a 22-game season plus playoffs in Bradenton, Fla., though dates have not been announced.

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