Layshia Clarendon earns 1st All-Star Appearance

December 28th, 2012: California's Layshia Clarendon  dribbles away from George Washington University's Chakecia Miller during a game at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Ca  California defeated George Washington University 70 - 43
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December 28th, 2012: California's Layshia Clarendon dribbles away from George Washington University's Chakecia Miller during a game at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Ca California defeated George Washington University 70 - 43

Layshia Clarendon will be one of many new faces in Seattle this weekend as the former Bear has earned her first WNBA All-Star appearance.

Clarendon, 26, is enjoying a career-year in her second season with the Atlanta Dream, averaging 11.7 points, 7.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game, all of which are career-highs. The guard has also made tremendous strides at the free throw line, shooting 90.5 percent on the year, a 14 percent increase from her previous high of 76.5 percent in 2015 and 2016.

Following three seasons with the Indiana Fever, who selected Clarendon with the No. 9 pick in the 2013 draft, the Cal product was traded to Atlanta in exchange for a 2017 second-round pick. In her three years with the Fever, Clarendon averaged 5.0/1.5/1.6 (points, rebounds, assists) in 18.0 minutes per game.

Clarendon immediately stepped into a starting role with the Dream in 2016, starting 32 of 34 games she played in and averaging 28.2 minutes per game. The increase in playing time accompanied an increase in productivity as the guard averaged 10.4/3.5/4.3 on 46.6 percent shooting from the field, all of which were career-highs.

With Clarendon as the team’s starting point guard and fellow All-Star Angel McCoughtry holding down the paint, the Dream made the playoffs and advanced to the second round before being eliminated by the Chicago Sky. In two playoff games, Clarendon averaged 11/6/6 with only two turnovers in each match.

Clarendon will join teammates Elizabeth Williams and Tiffany Hayes at the All-Star Game, the former participating in her first All-Star game as well while the latter will start.

Justice delos Santos is the sports editor. Contact him at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @jdelossantos510

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