Saturday, August 18, 2012

Whoa! Look who's signed with the LA Sparks! Dawn Evans

Looks like Dawn Evans is heading to Hollywood after all.

Evans, the former JMU star who a year ago flirted with giving up basketball to become an actress, has signed with the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks. The team announced the news via press release; Evans used a more get-with-the-times approach to spread the news late Friday night.

The Sparks will return to post-Olympics action at 10 p.m. Saturday night in Seattle. The game is scheduled to be broadcast on NBATV. JMU fans may be able to catch Evans in person on Sept. 7 when the Sparks visit Washington.

The move allows Evans to join forces with Harrionburg native Kristi Toliver, the former Maryland sharpshooter who is enjoying a breakout season while shuttling between point and 2-guard since a season-ending injury to ex-Virginia standout Sharnee Zoll cost Los Angeles the services of its only true point guard. Toliver currently leads the WNBA in minutes played. If Evans can provide some serviceable minutes at the point, Toliver can not only get a blow every now and then but can also spend more time letting it fly as a two.

In short, Evans will attempt to fill a need in Washington, which wasn't the case in the spring when she tried out for the Connecticut Sun. The Sun signed Evans, but during the preseason all but admitted they had no roster spot for her. Evans had no chance of making that team.

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