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Candice Dupree is an American professional basketball player who plays in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). She currently plays for the Indiana Fever having played for a number of top clubs including the Phoenix Mercury and Chicago Sky. Dupree was part of the US Women’s basketball team that won the gold medal at the 2010 FIBA World Championships that was held in the Czech Republic. She has won several accolades in her career as a basketball player but her relationship life is most interesting. Read on to get the juicy details…
Candice Dupree’s Bio
Born Candice Joanna Dupree on August 16, 1984, Candice was raised in Tampa, Florida. Her fathers’ name was Toussaint Dupree and her mother’s name was Patricia Mungenast. Both of her parents are retired Airforce personnel. Most interestingly, Candice is a twin. She has two siblings, Crystal Dupree, who is her twin and Shayna Dupree, her much younger sister. She has and still maintains a very cordial relationship with her mother who she says is her biggest fan. She developed an interest in playing basketball at age 10 and her mother pushed her to continue with it and so she played in high school.
Candice attended Paul R. Wharton High School where she played basketball and volleyball. Her impressive skills and records in basketball resulted in her been named both Tampa Tribune Player of the Year and Federal Division Player of the Year in 2002. She was also named All-State second team and All-Suncoast first team in the same year. As good as she was in basketball, the same could be said of volleyball as she led the school’s volleyball team to a district title.
After high school, Candice Dupree charged into college brimming with enthusiasm as she enrolled at Temple University in Pennsylvania. She graduated in 2006 after a four-period in which she gave her best to the game of basketball, winning laurels, titles, awards, and accolades with the college women basketball team – The Owls. Among the personal honors she won include the Naismith Award, John R. Wooden Award, WBCA/State Farm Wade Trophy, among others in 2006. Candice also won the A-10 Tournament MVP for three consecutive years – 2004, 2005 and 2006.
Candice Dupree never thought she would go pro or take up a career in basketball until she was in college. Her exploits in high school were just out of her love for the courts but by the time she was in junior college year, she made up her mind that she was going to pursue a professional career in the game.
She was selected by the Chicago Sky in the 2006 WNBA Draft in 6th overall, and she was named to the Eastern Conference WNBA All-Star team in her debut year, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2015, and 2017. In her rookie year, she played against Dawn Staley in the WNBA All-Star game. Dawn Staley was the basketball coach of her college team. She joined Phoenix Mercury in a deal involving three teams in March 2010 and she won the WNBA championship with them 2014 – coincidentally, playing against her former team, Chicago Sky, in the Finals who they thrashed 3-0.
In 2017, Candice Dupree moved to the Indiana Fever franchise in another three-team swap where she was named in the 2017 WNBA All-Star Game, which was the sixth time she was so nominated. On the international level, Dupree represented the USA at the 2005 World University Games in Izmir, Turkey where they won a gold medal. She was named on the US National team side that played against a WNBA All-Stars team in preparation for the 2010 FIBA (Women’s) World Championship which was to hold in the Czech Republic. She was also part of the team that made it to the FIBA games. The team, which was coached by Geno Auriemma, defied the odds (of not having enough practice time), to beat both then-unbeaten Australia and the hosts, the Czech Republic to clinch the gold medal in the event.
Is Candice Dupree Gay? Family, Kids, Spouse
Candice Dupree is in a gay relationship with DeWanna Bonner, her former teammate while she played for Phoenix Mercury. They have moved up things and are now a married couple. The couple got married on November 4, 2016, in a blissful ceremony attended by friends and most teammates. The marriage union has been blessed with children already as the former teammates, turned married couple welcomed their first offspring on July 30, 2017, which turned out to be twin girls, just like Dupree.
Relationship With DeWanna Bonner
Dupree’s lover and married partner, DeWanna Bonner is also a pro basketball player who plays in the forward position for the WNBA side, Phoenix Mercury. She was born on August 21, 1987, to her mother, LaShelle Bonner and her father, Gregory McCall. She attended Fairfield High School in Fairfield, Alabama where she also played basketball before she continued at Auburn University when she graduated from high school. Aside from playing basketball, Bonner studied Psychology as a major. Her siblings are Vin’Centia Dewberry, Justin McCall, and Erica McCall.
Quick Facts About Candice Dupree
Name: Candice Joanna Dupree
Known as: Candice Dupree
Profession: Basketball player
Birth Date: August 16, 1984
Birth Place: Tampa, Florida
Spouse: DeWanna Bonner
Children: 2 – Twins
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 74 kg (163 lbs)
Eye Color: Brown
Hair Color: Black
Net Worth: $1.5 million