The second overall pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft, Maryland native Marissa Coleman gained a reputation as a fierce competitor while playing for the University of Maryland College Park. Coleman was a freshman when the 2006 team won the program’s first national title, and went on to average 18.1 points per game her senior year, making her one of the most prolific scorers in this year’s draft. She will certainly be filling the Verizon Center with hometown fans during this summer’s WNBA season.
WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHANGE BETWEEN COLLEGE AND PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL?
The biggest change would definitely be the skill level of the players and getting paid to play the game I love!
AS AN ALUMNA OF ST. JOHN’S COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL, THIS IS A BIT OF A HOMECOMING FOR YOU. WERE YOU A MYSTICS FAN GROWING UP?
Definitely. I still have my Nikki McCray jersey hanging in my room at my parents’ house. I used to go to a lot of the games with my dad when I was younger.
IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER WITH ANY THREE PEOPLE HERE, WHOM WOULD THEY BE?
The Obamas! I know there are four in the family but I think we should make an exception.
WHICH FEMALE ATHLETE DO YOU MOST ADMIRE?
Growing up, I was a huge tennis fan because my Mom plays, so I have always been a huge fan of Billie Jean King. She has paved the way for every female athlete.
IF YOU HAD TO PICK ONE SONG TO BE YOUR ANTHEM, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Never Wanted Nothing More by Kenny Chesney
ANY WORDS OF WISDOM FOR LOCAL GIRLS TRYING TO MAKE IT BIG IN THE SPORTS WORLD?
It’s not easy. There are going to be a lot of ups and downs. Just keep your family close because they will always be there and have your best interest at heart. Work hard and believe in yourself and the rest will be history!