The sharp-shooting guard had some signature moments in her senior season at FSU. She earned Paradise Jam MVP honors in wins of Winthrop, Gonzaga and Michigan, highlighted by a career-high 25 points over the Bulldogs. Romero was named both a WBCA and Associated Press All-American, and was a first-team All-American by the Senior Class for her excellence on the court, in the classroom, in the community and as a team captain.
James came to FSU as a McDonald’s All-American and played a vital role in the Seminoles reaching three consecutive NCAA Sweet 16s. In 115 career games, she shot 51 percent (178-of-349) from the floor and was an important role player for the Seminoles in her four seasons.
“I thank God Almighty for this moment,” James said afterward. “I am grateful for this opportunity. I want to thank my teammates, coaches and most of all my family for supporting me.”
The native of West Palm Beach, Fla., continues to show her potential in the post, which steadily improved in each season at Florida State. James is a 6-foot-5 center who has the right size and agility to continue being effective on both ends of the court.
Romero and James’ selections give FSU four WNBA Draft picks in the last four years. Last season, center Adut Bulgak was selected in the first round by the New York Liberty, and Natasha Howard was chosen with the fifth overall pick by the Indiana Fever in 2014.
This is the third time FSU has had multiple WNBA Draft selections. In 2001, Levys Torres was selected 37th by the Miami Sol while Brooke Wyckoff was chosen 26th by the Orlando Miracle. In 2009, three Seminoles were selected in Britany Miller (18th by Detroit Shock), Tanae Davis-Cain (37th by Detroit Shock) and Mara Freshour (38th by Seattle Storm).