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Forward Carla Thomas, who went 10th in the Draft, is very much a part of the future of the Sky.
Q. What qualities or skills or strengths will you bring to your new team?
Thomas: "My versatility. I'm not just going to post you up. I like to step outside and I like to drive and do different things."
Q. What skills do you feel you still need to improve or work on in Chicago?
Thomas: "Everything. Nothing is ever perfect. I'd like to be more consistent shooting 3's. I didn't take as many as I probably could have in college. Defensively, everything. Every aspect of the game."
Q. Did you have a favorite team growing up?
Thomas: "Everyone loved the Sparks and Comets. It was like the big-name teams and famous players that we all watched. You don't ever really forget that."
Q. Is there a WNBA player that you are looking forward to playing against
Thomas: "Well, I would really love the opportunity to play against Lisa Leslie. She is someone you watch on television all the time and cannot help but admire."
Q. Well I think you may have to wait a year since she is out this year
Thomas: "I know this. But in playing against her, I feel like it would be an opportunity to learn a lot. What she's done for women's basketball has been pretty amazing."
Q. Now that the days at Vanderbilt are over and you embark on a new career,
what will you remember or miss most about your college experience?
Thomas: "The memorable college experiences are all about being around teammates. This is the closest team that I have ever been on. This is a great group of girls and it has been something amazing to be a part of. I will remember that for years. It's not over yet, but it's getting there. A lot of the big games, upsets that people didn't expect us to have, winning SEC tourney as a senior and freshman year. Those are the huge accomplishments that I will always remember."
Q. And the competition you faced in college, has that prepared you for the
WNBA in your opinion?
Thomas: "I definitely think playing in the SEC has made me a better all-around player."
Q. What can you tell us about your fellow Vanderbilt running mate Dee Davis?
Thomas: "I obviously know her game pretty well and it is impressive. She can score at will but chooses to make the great pass to whoever is open and she is consistent with it. She has always been an unselfish player, which I can appreciate a lot. She works on game constantly and is always trying to improve. She is also quick, which goes without saying."
Q. What do you think she will bring to the Comets?
Thomas: "You can learn so much from her work ethic and intelligence. She knows the game as well as anyone else. She can pass and score and will be tremendous for a WNBA team."
Q. Looking back at things now as a first round draft pick, is there anything
that has stuck out for you that a coach or perhaps a family member has told
Thomas: "Basketball is an opportunity for life. It opens doors for life and is something that can teach you so much about yourself and strengthen you in so many ways."
Q. And you have already gotten that all figured out while still in school?
Thomas: "I thought I'd figure that out when I got out of college, but I saw it my senior year in seeing the end. I didn't understand it at the time, but I do now."