DURHAM, N.C. - Prior to traveling to Bristol, Conn., for the 2011 WNBA Draft, Duke senior Jasmine Thomas sat down with GoDuke.com to chat about the upcoming draft, her time at Duke and what she will bring to a WNBA squad.
A native of Fairfax, Va., Thomas is one of 15 players who have been invited to participate in the live draft at the ESPN Headquarters. It will take place at 3:00 p.m., on ESPN.
Thomas led sixth-ranked Duke to a 32-4 overall and 12-2 mark in Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) action in 2010-11. She was named ACC Tournament MVP for the second straight year after guiding Duke to its second consecutive ACC Tournament crown.
The 5-9 guard averaged 15.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 2.4 steals and 0.6 blocks on the season. Thomas was a finalist for the John R. Wooden and Naismith National Player of the Year awards, while being named to the All-ACC Defensive Team and ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Against ranked opponents, Thomas stepped up her game to another level. She averaged 17.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 3.3 assists in 14 contests this season. In 51 career games against ranked opponents, Thomas posted double-figure scoring in 39 of those, including 27 out of the last 28. Thomas notched ten 20+ point games as well over her career versus ranked foes.