Bashaara  Graves

12Bashaara Graves


Clarksville, Tenn.

High School:
Clarksville H.S.




  • Points: 24 // Penn St., 11/18/15*
  • Rebounds: 19 // Florida, 1/7/16
  • Assists: 5 // Kentucky, 3/7/15*
  • Steals: 4 // Stanford, 12/16/15 *
  • Blocks: 2 // Kentucky, 3/7/15*
  • Field Goals: 10 // Notre Dame, 1/19/15
  • 3-Pointers: --
  • Free Throws: 9 // South Carolina, 2/15/16*
  • Minutes: 41 // Miss. State, 1/28/16
  • *Indicates most recent high


  • WNBA Second Rd. Pick (22nd Overall, Minnesota Lynx) -- 2016
  • AP All-America Honorable Mention -- 2015-16
  • SEC Academic Honor Roll -- 2015-16
  • AP All-SEC Second Team -- 2015-16
  • Naismith Trophy Watch List -- 2015-16
  • TSWA Player of the Week -- 2015-16 (11/24/15)
  • SEC Co-Player of the Week -- 2015-16 (11/24/15)
  • Coaches Preseason All-SEC First Team -- 2015-16
  • College Sports Madness Preseason All-SEC Third Team -- 2015-16
  • Naismith Trophy Women's Top 50 Watch List -- 2014-15
  • John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top-30 List -- 2014-15
  • Wade Trophy Watch List -- 2014-15
  • Coaches Preseason All-SEC First Team -- 2014-15
  • College Sports Madness Preseason All-SEC Fourth Team -- 2014-15
  • No. 23 ranked player in 2014 espnW Top 25 -- 2014-15
  • SEC Academic Honor Roll -- 2013-14
  • Naismith Trophy Early Season Watch List -- 2013-14
  • Wooden Award Preseason Top 30 -- 2013-14
  • "Wade Watch" List -- 2013-14
  • Media & Coaches Preseason All-SEC -- 2013-14
  • Full Court National Freshman of the Year -- 2012-13
  • Full Court First-Team Freshman All-American -- 2012-13
  • WBCA Honorable Mention All-American -- 2012-13
  • WBCA All-Region 3 Nominee -- 2012-13
  • Coaches SEC Freshman of the Year -- 2012-13
  • Associated Press SEC Newcomer of the Year -- 2012-13
  • Coaches All-SEC First Team -- 2012-13
  • Associated Press All-SEC Second Team -- 2012-13
  • Coaches SEC All-Freshman Team -- 2012-13
  • SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll -- 2012-13
  • SEC Freshman of the Week -- 2012-13 (Nov. 12, Dec. 3, Dec. 31, Jan. 14)
  • Volscars Women's Co-Rookie of the Year -- 2012-13

2015-16 - SENIOR

  • Drafted by the Minnesota Lynx in the second round of the WNBA Draft (22nd overall pick).
  • One of only five Lady Vols to record 1,500 points and 1,000 rebounds in her Lady Vol career, joining Chamique Holdsclaw, Glory Johnson, Sheila Frost and Tamika Catchings.
  • Finished her career ranked 19th in scoring (1,509 points), third in rebounding (1,044), fifth in games started (128), sixth in free throws made (405) and ninth in free throws attempted (566).
  • Recorded 29 career double-doubles, which ranks ninth in Lady Vol history.
  • Averaged 10.3 points, 8.3 rebounds while shooting 53.8 percent from the field during her senior season.
  • Ranked 25th in the SEC in points per game (10.3), sixth in rebounds per game (8.3), seventh in free throw percentage (.737), third in offensive rebounds (3.3) and eighth in defensive rebounds per game (5.0).
  • Notched eight double-doubles in 2015-16, which is the tenth most double-doubles by a senior.
  • Scored in double figures 16 times and led the team in rebounding on 16 occasions.
  • Tallied 10 or more rebounds 12 times in 2015-16 and 38 times in her career.
  • Recorded 11 points and five rebounds against Syracuse in NCAA play to move past Gwen Jackson and Sheila Frost, respectively, finishing 19th with 1,508 points and third with 1,044 rebounds on the all-time Tennessee career list.
  • Grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds against Florida, tying for the 12th best single-season rebounding game in Tennessee history.
  • Tied a career high with 24 points while shooting a perfect 8-for-8 from the field and 8-for-8 from the line against Penn State. She also recorded 13 rebounds.
  • Graves had the highest combined Lady Vol perfect game by going 8-for-8 from the field and the line, she combined for 16 shots without a miss. The previous best was Sheila Frost who went 9-of-9 from the field and 2-for-2 from the line to record 11 shots without a miss. Frost recorded her perfect game on 12/16/87 against Oregon State.
  • She kept it going the next game, starting the season making 16 field goal attempts with an 8-of-9 effort against Syracuse.
  • Tallied 19 points and seven rebounds against Texas A&M in the SEC quarterfinals.
  • Scored 18 points on 8-of-9 shooting and grabbed five rebounds in the 79-52 win over Auburn.
  • Tallied 18 points and 13 rebounds against Wichita State.
  • Grabbed 15 rebounds, her second-highest total of the year, in the SEC semifinals against Mississippi State.
  • Notched her eighth double-double of the year with 12 points and 10 rebounds against Georgia on Senior Day.
  • 15 points and pulled down eight rebounds against Alabama.
  • Tallied a double-double with 15 points and 12 boards against Ole Miss.
  • Notched another double-double when she had 13 points and 10 boards against #3/2 South Carolina, hitting 9-of-10 at the free throw line.
  • Tallied nine boards and 14 points against #9 Ohio State during the NCAA Sweet 16.
  • Grabbed her 800th career rebound in her 100th career start, notching her third straight double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds against UTC.
  • Notched eight points and nine boards in the second half (finished with 8/11) against Arizona State in the NCAA Second Round.

2014-15 - JUNIOR

  • Became the 40th Lady Vol in history to reach the 1,000-point club on Feb. 1, doing so with 17 points vs. Mississippi State.
  • Matched her career high by starting 34 games as a junior, averaging 10.6 points and 7.0 rebounds to rank fourth and third on the team, respectively, in those statistical categories.
  • Had the eighth-best overall rebounding average in the SEC as a junior and was third in offensive boards among league players at 3.5 per contest.
  • Scored in double figures on 17 occasions, producing four games with 20 or more points.
  • Led the team in rebounding 12 times in 2014-15 while notching nine games with 10 or more boards.
  • Finished with eight double-doubles (all of them points/rebounds) in her third season at Tennessee and bumped her career total to 21.
  • Ended the year ranking sixth among active players in the SEC in career double-doubles and standing second among underclassmen on that list.
  • Had 771 career rebounds and stood sixth in the SEC among active players and was tops among underclassmen at season's end.
  • Opened the season with three-consecutive double-doubles, including 16/10 vs. Penn, 12/10 vs. Oral Roberts and 15/10 vs. Winthrop.
  • Scored a career-high 24 points on nine-of-11 marksmanship vs. Boise State in the NCAA First Round.
  • Followed up that effort with 21 points on eight-of-17 shooting and added a season-high 14 rebounds in the NCAA Second Round triumph over Pittsburgh.
  • Was stellar in Tennessee's top-10 match-up at Notre Dame, pacing UT with 22 points and grabbing eight boards while dishing out three assists.
  • Had another fine showing in Tennessee's top-five showdown at South Carolina, tallying 20 points and snaring seven caroms vs. the Gamecocks.
  • Posted a career-best five assists vs. Mississippi State at home and vs. Kentucky in the SEC Tournament.

2013-14 - SOPHOMORE

  • Started 30 of 35 games as a sophomore and was UT's third leading rebounder (6.8 rpg.) and fourth-leading scorer (9.3 ppg.).
  • Led the team in rebounding on eight occasions in 2013-14 while notching six games with 10 or more boards.
  • Ranked No. 3 in the SEC in offensive rebounds per contest at 3.2.
  • Set a school record with 14 offensive rebounds against Georgia Tech, recording 18 total rebounds, the most by a Lady Vol since Glory Johnson on March 19, 2012.
  • Tallied a double-double against Georgia Tech by adding 23 points to those 18 caroms and also dishing out five assists.
  • Posted double-doubles in two other games, including vs. Oakland (15/11) and SMU (10/10).
  • Racked up a team-leading 20 points with seven rebounds against Kentucky on Feb. 16 for her second 20+ point outing of the season.
  • Put up 14 points, going 6-of-9 from the field, with five rebounds at Stanford.
  • Notched back-to-back double-digit outings in the SEC Tournament with 14 points vs. LSU and 14 points against Texas A&M while grabbing nine boards in both games as UT went on to win the championship.
  • Scored in double figures three times during a stretch of four games with 13 at Mississippi State, 17 vs. Florida and 10 at Texas A&M, where the Lady Vols handed the Aggies their first SEC loss.
  • Averaged 10.0 rebounds per contest in NCAA play to lead Tennessee in that category.
  • Had a team-best 14 rebounds while adding five points and two blocks vs. Maryland in the NCAA Sweet 16.

2012-13 - FRESHMAN

  • Named SEC Freshman of the Year, All-SEC First-Team and SEC All-Freshman Team
  • Was the Lady Vols' No. 1 rebounder (8.0) and No. 2 scorer (13.2) as a rookie, ranking seventh and 11th overall (No. 1 in both among freshmen), respectively, in the SEC in those categories.
  • Graves' rebounding and scoring averages ranked No. 4 and No. 10, respectively, among all-time freshmen at Tennessee.
  • Led Tennessee and was fourth in the SEC in double-doubles as a freshman, posting 10 such performances.
  • In UT history, only Chamique Holdsclaw (16) and Sheila Frost (11) had more double-doubles as freshmen than Graves, who tied Candace Parker with 10 and was one ahead of Tamika Catchings (9).
  • Among those were double-double efforts vs. Stanford (15 pts., 12 rebs.), Notre Dame (19/13) and Louisville (11/10).
  • Posted a double-double in her second career game, tallying 18 points and 12 rebounds, to go along with four steals, in a key early win at No. 22/20 Georgia Tech.
  • Scored in double figures 29 times in 35 games, including the first eight contests of the season.
  • Notched a career-high 23 points (8-11 FG/7-7 FT) and added eight rebounds in the SEC home-opener vs. No. 10/11 Georgia.
  • While surrounded by three defensive players, she scored UT's game-winning basket with .8 seconds remaining in the Lady Vols' 64-62 victory at LSU and finished with 17 points.
  • Corralled at least 10 rebounds on 11 occasions as a freshman, tying for fifth-most in the conference.
  • Had 20 points, six rebounds and three steals in a key road win at Miami (Fla.).


  • Four-time gold medalist with USA Basketball.
  • Started all nine games, shot .592 from the field and averaged 8.4 points and 6.2 rebounds as the USA squad won the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship in Panevezys, Lithuania.
  • Played on the gold-medal-winning USA Basketball U18 National Team at the 2012 FIBA Americas Championship for Women in Gurabo, Puerto Rico, on Aug. 15-19.
  • Averaged 7.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 19.4 minutes over five contests.
  • Previously was a member of the gold medal-winning Team USA U16 team at FIBA Americas and U17 squad at FIBA World Championships.
  • Played AAU ball with the Clarksville Lady Shox.


  • During her four-year career, she started all 135 games and amassed 2,397 points, 1,591 rebounds, 493 assists, 297 steals and 348 blocked shots.
  • Averaged 21.3 points, 11.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 2.5 steals and 2.3 blocks as a senior while shooting 63.9 percent from the field and 73.7 percent from the free throw line.
  • Had points/rebounds averages of 17.9/13.9 as junior, 14.0/12.0 as a sophomore and 15.3/10.1 as a freshman.
  • Ranked No. 5 in 2012 espnW HoopGurlz Top 100.
  • ESPN, McDonald's, Parade Magazine and WBCA All-American (2012).
  • All-USA First Team by USA Today and MaxPreps All-America Third Team (2012).
  • Parade Magazine All-America Fourth Team (2010).
  • ESPN Rise Underclass All-American (2010).
  • Tallied 12 rebounds and seven points in 2012 McDonald's All-American Game, hitting a free throw with 0.3 seconds remaining to give the East a 79-78 victory.
  • Played in 2012 WBCA All-American Game, joining UT teammate Jasmine Jones on the victorious White squad.
  • Gatorade Tennessee Girls Basketball Player of the Year (2012).
  • Tennessee Sports Writers Association Class 3A All-State Team (2010, 2011, 2012).
  • The Leaf-Chronicle All-Area Girls Basketball Player of the Year (2011, 2012).
  • District 10AAA and Region 9AAA MVP(2011, 2012) and four-time All-District 10AAA.
  • Led her team to a 37-1 record as a senior, with the lone loss coming in the Class 3A state semifinals.
  • Had 28 points and 22 rebounds in Clarksville's 2012 TSSAA AAA state quarterfinal game.


  • Full name is Bashaara Keyana Graves.
  • Born on March 17, 1994, in Clarksville, Tenn.
  • Mother is Keinya Graves.
  • Siblings include brothers Donovan Young and Giovanni Marshall and sisters Ke'Undrea Ogburn and Semajia Ogburn.
  • Admires Clarksville native and U.S. Olympian Wilma Rudolph.
  • Majoring in sociology and scheduled to graduate in May 2016.
  • Recipient of the Lloyd Lawson Thornton Winners' Circle Scholarship.
  • Follow @BASH931 on Twitter and @bash931 on Instagram.


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