Linnae Harper

Position: Guard
Height: 5-7
Weight: 150 lbs
College: University of Kentucky '17
High School: Whitney Young H.S. ‘13
Hometown: Chicago, Ill.

USA Basketball Notes

  • Gold Medals: 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship, 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship, 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.
  • Bronze Medal: 2011 FIBA 3x3 Youth World Championship (honorary bronze).
  • Honors: Named to the five-member 2012 FIBA U17 World  Championship All-Tournament Team.
  • Member of the 2013 USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team that posted a perfect 9-0 record and captured the gold medal at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship in Lithuania.
  • Aided the USA U19 squad to a 3-0 exhibition record against U19 teams from Australia, Canada and Spain in the Canary Islands.
  • Member of the 2012 USA U17 World Championship Team that captured the FIBA U17 World Championship gold medal with a perfect 8-0 record.
  • Prior to the U17 Worlds, helped the U.S. collect four exhibition victories over U17 teams from Australia, Brazil and Italy.
  • Member of the 2011 USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team that earned a 5-0 record, a gold medal and a qualifying berth into the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship; averaged a U.S. U16 record 3.4 spg.
  • Member of the 2011 USA 3x3 Youth World Championship Team that earned an honorary bronze medal in Rimini, Italy; averaged 5.3 ppg.

College Notes

  • Signed a National Letter of Intent to attend and play for the University of Kentucky in the fall.

High School Honors

  • One of six finalists for McDonald’s National High School Player of the Year (2013).
  • Finalist for Naismith National High School Player of the Year (2012, 2013).
  • USA Today All-USA first team (2013).
  • McDonald’s High School All-American (2013); had eight points, three rebounds, four assists, one blocked shot and two steals in the McDonald’s All-American Game; and earned the McDonald’s Sportsmanship Award for her actions during the week’s festivities.
  • Nike/WBCA High School All-American (2013), notched eight points, three rebounds, four assists, one blocked shot and three steals in the Nike/WBCA All-American Game.
  • MaxPreps All-American (2013).
  • Chicago Sun-Times Player of the Year (2013).
  • Illinois Basketball Coaches Association 3A/4A All-State first team (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013).
  • Chicago Tribune All-State special mention (2011).
  • Illinois Basketball Services Large Newcomer of the Year (2010).

High School Notes

  • Attends Whitney M. Young High School (Ill.), where she helped lead her team to four city titles and the 2012 Illinois Class 4A state championship.
  • Averaged 19.0 ppg., 8.9 rpg. and 5.7 apg. as a senior in 2012-13 as Whitney young finished third in the state.
  • As a junior in 2011-12, helped her team to a 34-0 record, a third consecutive city championship and a 4A state title.
  • As a sophomore in 2010-11, started in all 30 games and averaged 11.5 ppg., 13.0 rpg., 5.0 apg. and 3.0 spg. to help her team to a 28-2 record and fourth place finish in the Class 4A state tournament.
  • As a freshman in 2010-11, started in all 27 games and averaged 11.0 ppg., 10.0 rpg., 3.0 apg. and 3.0 spg. to help her team to a 26-1 record and a runner up finish in the Class 4A state tournament.
  • Played AAU for Illinois Lady Fire; won 2011 Deep South Classic and 2011 U.S. Junior National Championship.

Personal Notes

  • Born on Jan. 31, 1995, in Chicago, Ill.
  • Daughter of Ericka Harper and Xavier Treadwell.
  • Nickname is ‘Nae Nae.’
  • One of her first basketball memories was playing hoops with Jabari Parker in elementary school.
  • Started playing basketball when she was five.
  • Tweets under the handle @OhH_NaeNae.

Inside Scoop

  • Most memorable moment from the 2012 Olympics: “I enjoyed the basketball, as this is a dream of mine to one day represent my country and play in the Olympics. I also enjoyed gymnastics and swimming.”
  • Favorite player on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team: LeBron James because “he is my favorite player. Also, it has been an honor to wear his same No. 6 on the USA Basketball teams.”
  • Plans on majoring in: marketing/communications.
  • If she could drive anything, it would be: a Jeep Wrangler.
  • Currently drives: a Nissan Versa.
  • Favorite Twitter account to follow: @KingJames.
  • Top five movies of all time: Taken, Think Like a Man, Columbiana, and Friday.
  • Favorite non-sports magazine: Ebony.
  • Favorite sports magazine: Sports Illustrated.
  • Must-have pre-game meal: baked chicken, salad, oranges.
  • Favorite apps: Subway Surfer and Ruzzle.
  • Favorite sport other than basketball: track.
  • Favorite class: psychology.
  • Favorite basketball player of all time: LeBron James.
  • Favorite basketball team: Chicago Bulls.
  • Favorite Olympians: Tamika Catchings and Serena Williams.
  • Most played song on her iPod:  “Pusher Love Girl” by Justin Timberlake.
  • Best player sever faced: Mac Irvin, Shawn Marion and Amanda Thompson.
  • Most impressive person ever met: “Lance Irvin. He recently dealt with an illness, but he did not let that stop him from continuing to coach & help players. He is a great inspiration.   
  • Compares her game to: Cappie Pondexter.
  • This ambidextrous player wears No. 15 because that’s what Carmelo Anthony once wore. Also, no other player at Whitney Young made history with this number.  My goal was to make history and have my number retired.  Since I am a McDonalds All American, I have reached my goal.”
  • Away from the court, enjoys: listening to music, enjoying time with family and friends, and going to the movies
  • Most people don’t know: she can play the piano a little.
  • Has traveled out of the country with USA Basketball to Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Canary Islands and Lithuania, in that order.
USA Basketball Statistics
TEAM
G/S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
BLK
STL
2013 U19
9/1
36- 79
.456
1- 3
.333
3- 8
.375
45/ 5.0
76/ 8.4
32
1
18
2013 U19X
3/0
13- 24
.542
0- 1
.000
4- 8
.500
15/ 5.0
30/ 10.0
8
0
7
2012 U17
8/0
23- 66
.348
0- 3
.000
17- 22
.773
48/ 6.0
63/ 7.9
19
1
34
2012 U17x
4/0
10- 24
.417
0- 1
.000
1- 2
.500
16/ 4.0
21/ 5.3
16
0
68
2011 U16
5/5
23- 51
.451
0- 1
.000
2- 9
.222
22/ 4.4
48/ 9.6
17
0
17
TOTALS
29/6
105-244
.430
1- 9
.111
27- 49
.490
146/ 5.0
238/ 8.2
92
2
144

 NOTE: Statistics are unavailable for the 2011 FIBA 3x3 Youth World Championship, however, Harper played in eight games and scored 42 points (5.3 ppg.).