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Danielle McCray, Sade Morris sign professional contracts

Kansas' Sade Morris (20) reacts after Danielle McCray (4) can't handle a pass from Morris and the ball bounces out of bounds during the first half of the game Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009, at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas' Sade Morris (20) reacts after Danielle McCray (4) can't handle a pass from Morris and the ball bounces out of bounds during the first half of the game Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009, at Allen Fieldhouse.

August 18, 2010

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Former Kansas women's basketball players Danielle McCray and Sade Morris have signed contracts with international teams to continue their basketball careers.

McCray signed with the Rishon Lezion team of the Israeli Women’s League, Division 1, while Morris agreed to a deal with Huima in the Finnish Basketball League, Division 1.

“This is an exciting time for me,” McCray said in a release. “I cannot wait to get over to Israel and officially begin my professional career. More than anything I am just excited to get back out on the court.”

McCray was drafted in the first round of the 2010 WNBA Draft, but she wan't able to play this season because of injury. She will head to Israel on Oct. 1.

“This is a great opportunity for me to expand my game,” McCray said. “I have heard great things about this league and I think it will prepare me for playing in the WNBA.”

Morris, meanwhile, will leave for Finland on Sept. 1.

“I am so thankful for this opportunity,” Morris said in a release. “I am excited to be able to continue playing the game I love and I think this team will be a great fit for me.”

Morris finished as the 14th-leading scorer in KU women's basketball history.

“I know getting adapted to playing the European style of basketball will be an adjustment for me,” Morris said. “I am looking forward to developing as a basketball player, but also as a person. I cannot wait to get over there and get out and do some exploring. I am anxious try to all the different foods and just see a new way of life.”

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