DETROIT DODGERS' STAFF & ROSTER

Owner & DOBO

Kanisha Ward & Ashley Jones

Owner & Director Of Basketball Operations (DOBO)

Kanisha 'Nuk' Ward and Ashley 'AJ' Jones have been playing together for over 20 years on various AAU teams, summer league teams, semi & professional teams.  This dynamic duo's ultimate goal is to retire on beach after hosting successful opportunities for women's basketball players.

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Kasandra Ward

President

Kasandra, also known as Ma Nuk, is the mother of Kiwan Ward (Associate Head Coach) and Kanisha Ward.  Ma Nuk is the glue for this entire organization.  She's always working to make sure everything runs smoothly.

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Nicole Blocker

Head Coach

Coach Block has been in this field for over 20 years.  She began her professional development coaching career in the early 2000s with the Detroit Dolphins, then continued coaching under the Dolphins' new name, Detroit Blackhawks.  The Blackhawks season ended in 2014 which caused Coach Block to be on a 3 year drought, until the Detroit Dodgers was birthed in 2017.  Coach Block is passionate about the women's game of basketball and she shows it everything she coaches these young ladies.

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Coach Kiwan 'Kay' Ward

Associate Head Coach/General Manager

As the Associate Head Coach, Coach Kay is critically involved in all aspects of the program and shares responsibilities with the Head Coach, Coach Blocker.  Coach Kay has plenty of experience coaching basketball and is ready to coach these young women to greatness.

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#00 Shara Long

5'10 Forward

Madonna Univ

I’ve played basketball for 12 years. Two time all state in high school and college freshman of the year. I’m currently in my last year of nursing school and I enjoy working out, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.

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#1 Da'Jourie 'Ree' Turner

5'7 Guard

Central Michigan Univ

Graduated from Fitzgerald HS then received full athletic scholarship to Central Michigan University graduating with a Bachelor’s in Sports Management and minor in Psychology

  • 1x Mac Champion

  • Mac West Champs 2x


Graduate Assistant for Detroit Mercy for 2 years receiving my Master’s in Educational Administration.

Been with the Dodgers since 2018

  • Northeast Regional Champs '18 (Detroit Dodgers)

  • Help Dodgers finish 3rd overall in WBCBL '18

Favorite Hobby outside of basketball is hanging with my family and friends and traveling......and to Eat!

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#3 Malorie Marshall

5'7 Guard

Henderson Univ

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#5 Antania Hayes

6'0 Forward/Center

Wright State Univ

Graduated from MLKing HS 

  • Horizon League Champ

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#10 Kanisha 'Nuk' Ward

5'7 Guard

Wright State Univ

Kanisha, or Nuk as she likes to be called,  is the owner and Founder of the Detroit Dodgers (established in 2017).  Nuk graduated from Detroit Renaissance (State Champion).


Nuk created the Dodgers to bring more awareness to Women's Basketball as well as giving women a platform to play post-collegiately.  Nuk is also a Certified and Licensed Athletic Trainer.

  • Horizon League All-Defensive Team (WSU '10)

  • 1st team All Northeast Region '12 (Detroit Blackhawks)

  • Northeast Regional Champs '18 (Detroit Dodgers)

  • Help Dodgers finish 3rd overall in WBCBL '18

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#12 Paris McLead

5'8 Guard

Glenville State University

Graduate of Inkster HS (State Champion)

  • Back to Back Player of the Year at Glenville State Univ. ('17&'18)

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#14 Ayrionna Taylor

5'9 Guard/Forward

St. Gregory Univ

Graduated of Inkster HS (won State Championship).  Full time mother (son-Avi) and a certified massage therapist.

  • Northeast Regional Champs '18 (Detroit Dodgers)

  • Help Dodgers finish 3rd overall in WBCBL '18

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#20 Amina Wofford

5'9 Guard

Tuskegee Univ

Amina Wofford is from Selma, AL and earned her bachelor’s of science degree in Biology from Tuskegee Univ.  Amina has also received a Master’s of Science degree in Environmental Science, and her Doctorate of Philosophy in Molecular Virology 


Amina won the conference championship with Tuskegee Univ. her Junior year.


Before joining the Dodgers, Amina played semi-professionally in the WBCBL for the Auburn flyers for 2 years.


Amina is a fitness enthusiast and true gym rat! In her free time, Amina enjoys spending time with her dog (Diesel), family, and friends.

  • Northeast Regional Champs '18 (Detroit Dodgers)

  • Help Dodgers finish 3rd overall in WBCBL '18

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#23 Asia 'AB' Boyd

6'0 Guard/Forward

Graduate of Detroit Renaissance HS

Owner of ABLevel UP

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#24 Mar Braxton

5'10 Guard/Forward

South Carolina Upstate/WIU

Mar was born and raised in Detroit, "basketball has been apart of my life since a kid. The last three and the half years I’ve coached high school girls basketball and won 3 Conference championships and 2 District championships."

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#35 Marte Gray

6'0 Guard/Forward

DePaul Univ

Marte graduated from MLKing HS and played professionally in Australia & Greece.


  • All-Big East first team

  • MVP of the 16th A1 Women’s Championship in Greece

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#42 Ashley 'AJ' Jones

6'0 Forward

Univ of Michigan

AJ graduated from MLKing HS and went on to U of M on a full athletic scholarship.  AJ earned an Engineering degree from the U of M and is currently working at Mitsubishi Electric as an Account Manager (Technical Sales).

AJ has played professionally and is a huge help to the newcomers with aspirations of playing basketball professionally.

  • Northeast Regional Champs '18 (Detroit Dodgers)

  • Help Dodgers finish 3rd overall in WBCBL '18


Aj is also in the process of renovating a house in the heart of the city! She's a big tennis fan.  Her favorite NBA player is Kobe and her favorite WNBA players are Tina Thompson and Maya Moore.  AJ also wants everyone to know that she is a big fan of card games, especially SPADES!