April 12, 2018 - by
Two Noles Selected in WNBA Draft

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (Seminoles.com) – For the second straight year and the fourth time ever, multiple Seminoles were chosen in the WNBA Draft on Thursday night. Shakayla Thomas was selected 23rd overall by the Los Angeles Sparks, and Imani Wright was picked 26th overall by the Phoenix Mercury.

In the last three WNBA Drafts, five Seminoles have now been selected. Thomas and Wright become the 13th and 14th WNBA Draft selections out of Florida State, respectively.

“I just want to thank everyone who has been a part of this journey with me,” Wright said. “And I want to thank Coach Sue and the coaching staff, as well as my family for all their support.”

The 2001, 2009, 2017 and now 2018 drafts featured multiple FSU 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).

Last season, Leticia Romero was picked 16th by the Connecticut Sun, and Kai James was chosen 34th by the New York Liberty.

Thomas exits her FSU career as one of the top players in program history. The Sylacauga, Ala., native is FSU’s second three-time All-American who ranks second on the school list with 1,971 career points and 851 career field goals made.

Thomas was considered one of the biggest offensive mis-matches in the country, too powerful for guards to defend and too skilled for forwards and centers to take on. During her development at FSU, she became very comfortable with expanding her game in the low post but also became a deadly mid-range shooter.

Wright, like Thomas, was chosen as an All-American this past season by the Associated Press and the WBCA. The Hooks, Texas, native spent two playing seasons at FSU after transferring from Baylor. She emerged as arguably the top 3-point shooter in the ACC, canning a school-record 103 treys this season.

The dynamic shooter also became an outstanding perimeter defender with FSU and molded into a solid leader. Wright’s 171 long-range field goals are already tied for fourth in program history in just two seasons, while her impressive 38.1 percent 3-point shooting ranks fifth at FSU.

Since 2009, Florida State has had 10 Seminoles selected in the WNBA Draft. Should Thomas and Wright both make their final rosters for their respective teams, they would join Romero (Connecticut Sun) and 2014 first-round pick Natasha Howard (Seattle Storm) as the Seminoles in the league. Former player Ivey Slaughter also has a chance to make her squad with the Las Vegas Aces.

The WNBA preseason begins on Sunday, May 6, while the regular season tips off on Friday, May 18.

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