University of Maryland star Marissa Coleman, now a member of the Washington Mystics. Courtesy Photo
The Washington Mystics selected Marissa Coleman with the second overall pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft.
â€œWe 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,â€ said Mystics Vice President and General Manager, Angela Taylor.
â€œHer 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.â€
Coleman, a 6-1 Guard/Forward from the University of Maryland is one of the most prolific scorers in this yearâ€™s draft. In 2009, she was named the ACC tournamentâ€™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.
Coleman earned numerous honors during her four years at Maryland. In 2006, she was named the ACC Rookie of the Year and made the All-ACC tournament first team. She has been a Wooden Award Preseason Candidate in 2006 and 2008. Coleman was named Associated Press All-American Honorable Mention in 2007 and 2008. She also was on the ACC second team from 2006-2008.