UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Alyssa Thomas was drafted 4th overall by the New York Liberty in the WNBA draft Monday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Thomas was then traded to the Connecticut Sun minutes later in a blockbuster deal.
Thomas is the sixth Terrapin under head coach Brenda Frese to be a top ten draft pick.
Thomas was one of 12 of the nation’s top prospects to be invited to attend the WNBA Draft. The three-time ACC Player of the Year was named a WBCA All-American, a First Team All-American by the Associated Press and a USBWA All-American last week after leading the Terrapins (28-7) to their fourth Final Four.
“I’m just really excited and thrilled to be headed to Connecticut,” Thomas said. “I want to thank the Connecticut Sun head coach Anne Donovan and staff. I wouldn’t be here without Coach Frese and the great staff at Maryland, my family and my coaches and friends in Harrisburg. This is a dream come true and no words describe what it felt like to have my name called.”
The Connecticut Sun went 10-24 in the 2013 season. For more on the Sun, click here.
Nine of Frese’s players at Maryland have been drafted by the WNBA and six have been first round picks. Marissa Coleman and Kristi Toliver went second and third overall in 2009, while Crystal Langhorne went sixth and Laura Harper was the 10th pick in the 2008 draft. Most recently, Tianna Hawkins was selected sixth overall by the Seattle Storm last year.
Thomas led the Terrapins in scoring with 19.0 points per game and in rebounding with 10.9 rebounds per game. In the NCAA First Round, she passed Juan Dixon as Maryland’s all-time leading scorer. She ended her career with 2,356 career points and as the school’s leading rebounder with 1,235 career rebounds.
Thomas led the ACC with 28 double-doubles in 35 games played this year and led the nation with four triple-doubles. She is one of just three players in NCAA history with six or more triple-doubles in her career.