Tina Charles (basketball)

Tina Charles ( born December 5, 1988 in New York City, New York) is an American basketball player who stands since 2010 at the Connecticut Sun of the Women's National Basketball Association under contract. She was selected in the WNBA Draft 2010 at the first overall position of the Sun.


Amateur basketball

High School

In her youth, Charles attended Christ The King Regional High School and played for their high school basketball team. In her last year of high school, she scored an average of 26.5 points and 14.8 rebounds and 5.2 blocks per game. For this outstanding performance she became the WBCA National Player of the Year, New York City Player of the Year, McDonald 's All- American and Miss New York appointed basketball. In addition, she won the high school basketball team several times the city and Catholic state championship. After her time at Christ The King Regional High School Charles moved to the University of Connecticut.

College (2006 to 2010)

Charles studied from 2006 to 2010 at the University of Connecticut and completed her studies with a degree in psychology (focusing on criminal justice ). Overall, she completed four seasons for the Huskies, with which they won the championship of the National Collegiate Athletic Association in 2009 and 2010. For her outstanding achievements in university sports, she received numerous honors and awards, including in 2010, she was drawing out the Naismith Trophy and named the Big East Player of the Year.

Professional basketball (since 2010)

WNBA (since 2010)

Rookie season (2010)

Because of their good performance for the Huskies Charles had made the franchise of the Women's National Basketball Association attention to itself, which it was traded as a possible First Overal draft pick in the WNBA Draft 2010. The draft it was eventually selected by the Sun at the first location Connecticut.

Charles integrated in their rookie season in 2010 quickly into the team and the Sun rose early on to guide player. She finished her first season, averaging 15.5 points and 11.7 rebounds per game ( team internal and WNBA rookie record in 2010) six. In addition, Charles, who was standing in all 34 games of the regular season in the starting lineup, scored 22 double- doubles and set with a total of 398 rebounds a new WNBA season record. For this outstanding performance, she was appointed at the end of the season for the WNBA Rookie of the Year. Despite these many individual successes of mannschaftliche success was this season, as they did not reach the Sun with 17 wins in 34 games the playoffs.

First years ( since 2011 )

Your second WNBA season was as successful as their first. She led the league with an average of 11 rebounds per game again in this category, they also presented with 17.6 points per game a new franchise record. In addition, she was first elected in 2011 in the starting lineup of the WNBA All- Star Games (Note: 2010 no All-Star Game took place because of the World Championships ). Because of these benefits had Charles, who finished in choosing the best player in second place, also a big part that the Sun first qualified since 2008 for the playoffs, where the franchise had already failed in the first round of the Atlanta Dream.

International ( since 2011 )

Since 2011, Charles playing in the WNBA season pauses for several clubs in Europe, it was 2011/12, for example, the Turkish team Galatasaray Medical Park under contract. 2011/12 they played for the Polish club Wisła Can- Pack Kraków.

National (since 2010)

In the Basketball World Championship 2010, she won the gold medal with the national team. The U.S. women won all nine games, which the team qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics. Charles scored 10.7 points with an average playing time of 16.4 minutes per game on average.

Awards and achievements

  • College 2007 USBWA National Freshman of the Year
  • 2007 BIG EAST Freshman of the Year
  • 2009 winning the NCAA championship
  • 2010 Naismith Trophy
  • 2010 John R. Wooden Award
  • 2010 Associated Press Player of the Year
  • 2010 USBWA Player of the Year
  • 2010 BIG EAST Player of the Year
  • 2010 winning the NCAA Meisterschaft2
  • 2010 Gold medal at the FIBA World Championship
  • 2012 Gold medal at the Summer Olympics

Career Stats

Key to Career statistics: ( GP = Total Games; GS = games in the starting lineup, MPG = Minutes played per game, FG % = throw percentage from the field; 3P % = throw percentage from 3-point range, FT % = Free throw percentage, OFF = offensive rebounds per game; DEF = defensive rebounds per game, RPG = rebounds per game, scored APG = assists per game, blocks per game BPG = achieved, PPG = points scored per game)