“We are excited to add a standout player like Marissa Coleman to the Washington Mystics roster with the second overall pick. Marissa was an integral part of building a championship program at Maryland and has consistently demonstrated an ability to elevate her game at crucial times during the course of a game,” said Mystics Vice President and General Manager, Angela Taylor. “Her size, versatility, and ability to score from anywhere on the floor makes her a very special player. Her competitiveness, work ethic, and passion for winning have made her a champion. All of which will certainly will be great complements to the players we have on our roster.”
Coleman, a 6-1 Guard/Forward from the University of Maryland is one of the most prolific scorers in this year’s draft. In 2009, she was named the ACC tournament’s Most Valuable Player and earned a spot on the All-ACC First team for leading Maryland to its first ACC title since 1989. She was recently named to the State Farm All-America team and the Associated Press All-American team. This past year, Coleman averaged 18.1 points per game and 8.6 rebounds per game. She is the first player in the ACC to record over 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 400 assists, 200 steals and 100 blocks.
Minutes later, the Chicago Sky selected Kristi Toliver (2005-09) with the third overall pick. From the Sky's press release:
Toliver ranks second among ACC scorers with 18.1 points per game and leads all conference players in assists per game at 5.1. Toliver ranks second in the conference in three-point field goal percentage and consistently stood out among ACC’s top five free throw shooters with an 86.4 percentage. Toliver’s 1,939 career points rank third on Maryland’s all-time scoring list. Toliver is the first Terp to win the Nancy Lieberman Award, which is presented to the nation’s top point guard, and broke the ACC’s 30-year-old single-season assist record in 2008. Toliver holds the school records for career free throw percentage and three-point field goals made (209).
“Toliver is a true point guard,” said Sky General Manager and Head Coach Steven Key. “Our point guards in the past have done a great job for us but I think Kristi will make us that much more versatile and allow us to move Dominique Canty over to the shooting guard role as needed. Canty is very good at getting to the basket; adding Kristi and some shooting to the team will help create some space for our inside players in Sylvia and Candice. It’s a great selection for us!”