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Sparks Announce 2024 Training Camp Roster

April 24, 2024 - Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA)
Los Angeles Sparks News Release


The Los Angeles Sparks, led by Head Coach Curt Miller, open training camp on April 28 at El Camino College in Torrance, CA.

Returning to the Sparks this season are Lexie Brown, Rae Burrell, Zia Cooke, Layshia Clarendon, Nia Clouden, Dearica Hamby and Azurá Stevens. The newest additions to the Sparks feature Julie Allemand, Monique Billings, Aari McDonald, Kia Nurse and Li Yueru. Los Angeles is excited to welcome the 2024 draft class including No. 2 pick Cameron Brink (Stanford University), No. 4 pick Rickea Jackson (University of Tennessee) and No. 28 pick McKenzie Forbes (University of Southern California).

Blake Dietrick, Virag Kiss and Taylor Mikesell have all signed training camp contracts. Dietrick has spent time with the Seattle Storm, San Antonio Stars and Atlanta Dream from 2016-2021 and averaged 2.6 points, 1.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. Kiss is a member of the 2024 Hungarian National Team and played with Mersin in Turkey. During EuroLeague play, she averaged 11.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game while shooting 51.0% from the field. Mikesell was drafted 13th overall by the Indiana Fever in 2023 and played six games for the Dream, averaging 2.8 points, 0.3 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game.

2024 Training Camp Roster

No. Player POS EXP College/Country

1 Zia Cooke G 1 South Carolina/USA

2 Rickea Jackson F R Tennessee/USA

4 Lexie Brown G 6 Duke/USA

5 Dearica Hamby F 9 Wake Forest/USA

7 Stephanie Talbot F 5 Australia

10 Kia Nurse G-F 5 Connecticut/Canada

12 Rae Burrell G-F 2 Tennessee/USA

13 Blake Dietrick G 5 Princeton/USA

14 Taylor Mikesell G 1 Ohio State/USA

15 Aari McDonald G 3 Arizona/USA

20 Julie Allemand* G 2 Belgium

22 Cameron Brink F R Stanford/USA

23 Azurá Stevens* F-C 6 Connecticut/USA

24 Nia Clouden G 2 Michigan State/USA

25 Layshia Clarendon G 10 California/USA

28 Li Yueru C 1 China

33 Virag Kiss C R Hungary

34 McKenzie Forbes G-F R USC/USA

55 Monique Billings F 6 UCLA/USA

*Julie Allemand will remain overseas temporarily while rehabbing an ankle injury. Azurá Stevens is out with an arm injury and will be re-evaluated in eight weeks.

2024 Coaching and Basketball Operations Staff

General Manager Raegan Pebley

Asst. GM & VP of Scouting/Analytics Eli Horowitz

Head Coach Curt Miller

Assistant Coach Neil Harrow

Assistant Coach Nola Henry

Assistant Coach Camille Smith

Director of Player Development Danielle Viglione

Special Assistant to the Head Coach and GM Steve Smith

Video Coordinator Marty Vosters

Director of Health & Performance Chelsea Ortega

Head Athletic Trainer Karissa Scherer

Assistant Athletic Trainer Tavon Spears

VP, Operations & Player Relations Ilene Hauser

Equipment & Facilities Manager Thomas Archie


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