Mystics Select Marissa Coleman
Courtesy of The Washington Mystics | 4/16/2009, 12:48 a.m.
The Washington Mystics selected Marissa Coleman with the second overall pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft.
€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.
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.
The Mystics also selected 5-6 guard Camille Lenoir from the University of Southern California in the second round (23rd overall). She averaged 11.4 points per game and 3.8 rebounds during her tenure at USC. She recently earned Pac-10 Academic Honors. Lenoir was named to the All-Pac 10 third team in 2008 and received All-Pac 10 honorable Mention in 2005 and 2006.
Washington also drafted Jelena Milovanovic in the second round (24th overall) from Sopron, Hungary. The 6-4 Forward/Center played for MKB Euroleasing. She was a member of the team that won gold at the European under 18 Championships and was named the tournament€s MVP. She recorded 16.1 points per game and 5.7 rebounds per game.
In the third round (28th overall), the Mystics selected Josephine Owino of Union University. A 6-3 Center originally from Kenya, Owino led her team to its fourth NAIA title this year. She was named the NAIA player of the year for the second consecutive year. Owino averaged 19.3 points per game and 8.5 rebounds this past year.
The Washington Mystics will tip off the 2009 season on Sat. June 6 on the road against the Connecticut Sun. Washington will host the club€s home opener on Sun. June 7 against the Atlanta Dream.