DURHAM, N.C. - Duke University senior Jasmine Thomas is one of 15 student-athletes who have been invited to attend the 2011 WNBA Draft, which will take place on Monday, April 11 at 3:00 p.m., at the ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn.
Thomas along with Danielle Adams (Texas A&M), Jessica Breland (North Carolina), Elizabeth Cambage (Australia), Sydney Colson (Texas A&M), Victoria Dunlap (Kentucky), Amber Harris (Xavier), Jantel Lavender (Ohio State), Maya Moore (Connecticut), Kayla Pedersen (Stanford), Ta'Shia Phillips (Xavier), Jeanette Pohlen (Stanford), Danielle Robinson (Oklahoma), Carolyn Swords (Boston College) and Courtney Vandersloot (Gonzaga).
Thomas, a native of Fairfax, Va., 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.
Duke has had 14 players selected in the WNBA Draft in school history -- Joy Cheek (Indiana Fever, No. 35 in 2010), Chante Black (Connecticut Sun, No. 10 in 2009), Abby Waner (New York Liberty, No. 21 in 2009), Lindsey Harding (Phoenix Mercury, No. 1 overall pick in 2007), Alana Beard (Washington Mystics, No. 2 overall pick in 2004), Monique Currie (Charlotte Sting, No. 3 overall pick in 2006), Alison Bales (Indiana Fever, No. 9 overall pick in 2007), Chante Black (Connecticut Sun, No. 10 overall pick in 2009), Iciss Tillis (Detroit Shock, No. 11 overall pick in 2004), Michele Van Gorp (New York Liberty, No. 18 overall pick in 1999), Georgia Schweitzer (Miami Sol, No. 21 overall pick in 2001), Mistie Williams (Phoenix Mercury, No. 21 overall pick in 2006), Abby Waner (New York Liberty, No. 21), Wanisha Smith (New York Liberty, No. 27 overall pick in 2008), Jessica Foley (Indiana Fever, No. 38 overall pick in 2006) and Peppi Browne (Charlotte Sting, No. 43 overall pick in 2000).
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