I attended another Dallas Wings media session as the Wings gear up for their WNBA season opener this afternoon. This session featured rookies Bella Alarie and Tyasha Harris. I wrote more about the session at Dallas Wings Media Session (Bella Alaire, Ty Harris, UA) for Global Women's Sports Radio.
Prior to her WNBA career, Harris starred at South Carolina, where she became the first Gamecock to record 700 assists, finishing with 705. That is good for 10th all time in the SEC. She was selected by the Dallas Wings in the first round (7th overall) in the 2020 WNBA draft.
Alarie was a three time Ivy League Player of the Year while starring at Princeton. She started all 106 games during her time at Princeton. She was selected by the Dallas Wings in the first round (5th overall) of the 2020 WNBA draft.
Bella is also the daughter of former NBA player Mark Alarie. The elder Alarie starred at Duke, before being selected by the Denver Nuggets in the first round (18th overall) of the 1986 NBA draft. After one season with Denver, he played four more with the Washington Bullets (now Wizards), finishing his NBA career after the 1990-91 season. All told he played 325 games and averaged 7.5 points per game.
My friends and loyal readers know I have a fascination with sports families. The Alarie connection is even more special. I have only found Karl Malone-Cheryl Ford, Nate-Natalie McMillan, Harvey-Tamika Catchings and Antonio-Kaela Davis as other father-daughter NBA-WNBA combos. I also found Pamela-JaVale McGee as the opposite, a mother son combo.
I asked Bella about her father and she talked a bit about his guidance and advice.
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