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AD Durr

WNBA Player, Dawn Staley Award Recipient, 2x ACC Player of the Year

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AD Durr’s dedication and passion for the game of basketball has been evident throughout their career. Starting the sport when they were just three years old, AD spent hours practicing in the gym and playing with their brothers, ultimately working their way to... More

AD Durr’s dedication and passion for the game of basketball has been evident throughout their career. Starting the sport when they were just three years old, AD spent hours practicing in the gym and playing with their brothers, ultimately working their way to becoming the highest-rated prospect to ever sign at Louisville. Well-regarded for their strength and perseverance, both on and off the court, AD went on to get drafted No. 2 overall by the New York Liberty and become the second women’s basketball player to ever sign with Jordan Brand.

While at Louisville, AD became a college basketball phenom, twice earning ACC Player of the Year and leading the Cardinals to their third ever Final Four appearance. A gifted guard, Durr racked up WBCA, AP, Wooden Award and espnW First Team All-American recognitions throughout their college career. After four seasons, AD’s career 2,385 points now rank second in Louisville history and fifth in ACC history.

After AD’s strong first season in the WNBA, the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic not only halted the world’s normal way of living, but also put their tenacity and resilience to the test. In 2020, they contracted the virus less than a month before the WNBA’s bubble season. This became the start of a two-year hiatus from basketball and an uphill battle with long-haul COVID. The condition took a toll on AD’s mental and physical health, as their capacities and outlets were limited for the first time ever. Although sickness stripped AD of their basketball identity, this blank slate allowed an exploration of their personal identity and a journey of rebuilding through therapy and self-discovery. They began using they/them pronouns, and returned home to play for the Atlanta Dream, where they got to be closer to family and community.

AD continues to redefine boundaries for athletes, raising awareness on the importance of identity and wellness. “The AD Story,” a short documentary produced by TOGETHXR in partnership with Uninterrupted in 2022, tells the story of Durr’s persistence through long-haul COVID-19 and rehabilitation. AD’s courage to rebuild and live their truth continues to inspire the next generation of players.

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