Tennessee's Glory Johnson (25) grabs a rebound over Texas' Ashley Gayle, left, during the second half of an NCAA women's basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010 in Austin, Texas. Tennessee won 92-77.
Photo: Eric Gay ASSOCIATED PRESS
Photo: Eric Gay ASSOCIATED PRESS

Atlanta Dream signs former Lady Vol Glory Johnson

The Dream have signed veteran forward Glory Johnson to a one-year contract.

Johnson, an unrestricted free agent, finished her contract with the Dallas Wings in the 2019 season. She’s a versatile forward – she also can shoot 3-point shots and guard centers – and that versatility aligns with attributes that coach Nicki Collen said she wanted to acquire during free agency. 

“I am incredibly excited to coach Glory,” Collen said. “Her toughness and desire to compete at both ends of the floor makes her a great fit for our Dream roster. She came into (the WNBA) as an incredible athlete who scored mainly around the basketballm but has added a consistent 3-point shot. Her ability to rebound, handle the ball, and defend multiple positions gives us a versatile weapon to utilize in a variety of fun ways.”

Throughout her career, for Tulsa and Dallas, Johnson has averaged 12 points and 7.7 rebounds. She’s made 32 percent of her 3-point shots in her career, and she made a career-high 35 3’s last season – though she attempted 100.

She was the No. 4 pick in 2012 out of Tennessee, and has been an All-Star and member of the All-Defensive and All-Rookie teams. She won the NCAA national championship with the Lady Vols as a freshman in 2008.

As of the signing, the Dream have five bigs alongside Johnson: forwards Jessica Breland and Monique Billings and centers Elizabeth Williams, Alaina Coates and newcomer Kalani Brown.

Johnson’s signing does help to stretch the floor for All-WNBA guard Tiffany Hayes, but the team will still need a pure shooter – or a true point guard to open the spot for Renee Montgomery to focus on that. 

The team has two more full-protection roster spots available, following the departure of two-time Olympian Angel McCoughtry and the unlikely re-signing of unrestricted free agent guard Alex Bentley.

Stay tuned for more Dream updates throughout the WNBA’s free-agency period.

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