Former Palo Verde standout Sydni Stallworth signed a contract to play for the Adelaide Lightning of the Women’s National Basketball League.
After high school, Stallworth earned NJCAA All-American status at Pima and Stallworth was also a 2-time ACCAC Player of the Year for the Aztecs. Stallworth went on to earn All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference recognition for Alaska Anchorage.
“The Stallworth family is extremely proud of Syd, all of her hard work, dedication, and commitment to the game basketball has taken her to the highest level,” her father Leon Stallworth said.
“She is living proof that you don’t have to be 6-foot and you don’t have to go to the name school, but, if you have next level talent, the right people will find you!”
“Sydni called me from California yesterday while vacationing with former Aztecs Shalise Fernander, Bailey Johnson, Denesia Smith and Hayley Pryor. One of the proudest days of my coaching career,” Pima head coach Todd Holthaus said.
“I love winning, but how special is Pima Women’s Basketball when the players go their separate ways after Pima only to always remain close in life. I’m touched. Syd has always been different in terms of work ethic and drive. Always told she’s “too little”. Now who’s smiling? She gets to spend half a year in Australia!!! Size of a heart, competitiveness, and drive are immeasurable!!”
Former Marana standout Jamee Swan signed with Vimpelin Veto (Finland) on August 8. After graduation, Swan went on to play for Colorado where she went on to earn All-Pac-12 Conference recognition.
This will be Swan’s fourth professional season with her last stop being in the Greek A1 League where she averaged 16 points and over 10 rebounds a game for Athinaikos.
“We are really excited for this opportunity,” her mother and high school coach Diane Swan. Said.
“She missed last year due to an ankle surgery and has been working hard to get ready for a great year. I’m blessed and thankful to have both my kids living their dreams with Ryan in his senior year at the Air Force Academy and Jamee being overseas.”
Ryan Swan played high school in Colorado and he earned All-Mountain West Honorable Mention for the Air Force Academy.
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