One of the greatest players to every wear a University of Oklahoma jersey is returning. Courtney Paris is one of the most dominant players in program history and was named an assistant coach this week head coach Sherri Coale announced.
Paris brings a wealth of experience from the highest levels around the world back to her alma mater. As one of the most dominant collegiate post players we have ever seen, no doubt she will prove as a huge asset to the Sooner staff.
Former Sooners standout Courtney Paris returns to Oklahoma as an assistant coach.
— Oklahoma Basketball (@OU_WBBall) May 13, 2020
Paris played at Oklahoma from 2005-2009. At the time, she held 20 NCAA records including her consecutive double-double record of 112. Paris was named a four-time AP and USBWA All-American during her collegiate career. She was named the 2007 AP National Player of the Year. She still is OU's all-time leader in points with 2,729 and rebounds 2,034. During her career she averaged 20 points, 14.8 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game.
"Courtney Paris loves Oklahoma women's basketball," said Coale in the release. "She has a heart for the journey of the collegiate athlete and a tremendous vat of basketball knowledge to share as, professionally, she has played with and for some of the greatest minds of the game.
"Courtney will be an outstanding recruiter, a pivotal mentor and guide for our post players and a valuable addition to our sideline. She is a proven winner and we are thrilled to welcome her home."
Paris was selected No. 7 overall by the Sacramento Monarchs during the 2009 WNBA draft. The six-foot-four center has played in the league for ten seasons with stints at Sacramento, Atlanta, Tulsa/Dallas and Seattle. In 2018, she helped the Seattle Storm earn their WNBA championship. Paris also holds over nine years of overseas experience in Spain, Turkey and Israel.