In addition to signing Latvian center Zane Tamane to a training camp contract, Phoenix Mercury have announced the signings of Dymond Simon, Brittney Thomas and Chastity Reed.
Simon, a 5-5 point guard from Arizona State University, who played high school basketball at Phoenix-St. Mary’s, averaged 13.2 points per game as a senior, earning her All-Pac 10 honors in 2011 for the second time of her career, and finished seventh on the Sun Devils’ all-time scoring list with 1,216 points. Following graduation, Simon signed with the West Coast Waves of the Australian Women’s National Basketball League.
Thomas, a 5-11 point guard, graduated from Michigan State in 2011 and is one of five Spartans ever to be a four-time All-Big Ten selection, earning Honorable Mention in each of her four seasons. While serving as the Spartans’ defensive anchor, Thomas also contributed 7.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists for her career. She ranks fifth among the school’s career assist leaders with 401. Thomas spent the 2011-12 season playing for Telge in Sweden, averaging 13.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists in the Swedish League.
Reed is a 6-1 forward from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock, where she became the school’s first women’s basketball player ever drafted in the WNBA, taken 25th overall by the Tulsa Shock in the 2011 Draft. She appeared in 11 games for the Shock last season. Collegiately, Reed averaged 17.4 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, shooting 45.1 percent from the field, and was named the 2011 Sunbelt Conference Player of the Year as a senior. Most recently, Reed averaged 13.5 points and 8.2 rebounds in the Israeli League while playing for Hapoel Petah Tikva.