April 23, 2021 - by

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (Seminoles.com) – Four Seminole Alumna in Natasha Howard (New York Liberty), Shakayla Thomas (Las Vegas Aces), Brittany Brown (Seattle Storm) and Kai James (Connecticut Sun) will participate in WNBA training camps that begin on Sunday, April 25.

The WNBA is embarking on its historic 25th season this upcoming year, with regular-season play beginning on May 14. Pre-season games start on May 1 and final 12-player rosters will be finalized on May 13.

Howard begins her first season with The Liberty and her eighth year in the WNBA, enjoying a tremendous professional run so far. She is a three-time WNBA champion with the Minnesota Lynx (2017) and Seattle Storm (2018, 2020), the 2018 WNBA Most Improved Player, a league all-star in 2019, the WNBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2019 as well as a 2019 first-team selection.

The Toledo, Ohio, native established a school record 41 double-doubles in her time with the Seminoles from 2010-14, and is also FSU’s all-time rebounds leader with 1,047.

By way of strong performances overseas, three other recent Seminoles in Thomas (2014-18), Brown (2013-17) and James (2013-17) earned themselves training camp invites. In the 2018-19 season, Thomas averaged 12.0 points and 5.8 boards with Maccabi Raanana, and spent last year with Toulouse of the France LF2 league.

While at FSU, Thomas became the first ACC Player of the Year in program history in 2017 and was a three-time All-ACC First Team performer. She averaged 14.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and shot 51.9 percent in her time at FSU, helping the Seminoles to two NCAA Elite Eights and three NCAA Sweet 16s.

Brown has carved out a strong career overseas, recently playing for Royals Saarlouis in Germany where she averaged 13.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.8 steals per game. The native of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is the Seminoles’ all-time leader in steals with 320 as well as games played (138) and games started (136). She became the first FSU player ever to amass 500+ rebounds, 200+ steals and 300+ assists in a career.

James has also made a name for herself professionally, earning a try-out with the Connecticut Sun after averaging a double-double with 11.4 points and 10.1 rebounds for Gran Canaria in 2020-21. The year before, James averaged 13.3 points and 7.7 rebounds for the high-ranking Spanish squad.

In her career at FSU, James shot 51 percent and played in 115 career games. She was part of the winningest senior class along with Brown, Ivey Slaughter and Gabby Bevillard in program history.

Florida State Women’s Basketball has produced 20 players who have been drafted, signed or have played for a WNBA team since the league began in 1997, which was FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau’s first year with the Seminoles.

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