It is known that our budget didn't allow us to extend Crystal Langhorne's contract.
Unfortunately we couldn't get enough funds to sign another experienced center either. This is why our board has modified and accelerated an already ongoing negotiation in connection with the next season. Applying the club's philosophy we have been negotiating with the management of a young talent who might have a bright future ahead of herself.
This is how we finally signed the only 22-year old Alaina Coates. The 193 cm tall center was drafted by the Chicago Sky last year, but an unfortunate break in her ankle prevented her from beginning her professional career. So her first station after the University of South Carolina will be Sopron. Like she said in multiple statements she was aiming for a perfect recovery, so she used this forced rest to do some individual work and to finish her studies in sociology.
Alaina Coates' contract regarding the remainder of the season is open, but it goes beyond the series of games against Fenerbahce, since it lasts until the end of the 2018/19 season!
Alaina will arrive to Sopron on Monday, February 12th and will begin training with our coaching staff then.
Name: Alaina Coates
Date of birth: 07.04.1995.
Place of birth: Irmo (USA)
Height: 193 cm
Weight: 95 kg
Uni: South Carolina
WNBA: Chicago Sky