Meet the First Rounders

Novosel and Barrett Excited to Join Mystics

An exciting Draft Day concluded with the Mystics adding two quality rookies to a roster that is now filled with WNBA veterans. At #8, they went with the tough and gritty guard from Notre Dame, Natalie Novosel. Then at #10, they took the versatile LaSondra Barrett from LSU.

Entering the draft, the Mystics made it clear that they wanted 3-point shooters that could help stretch the floor and that's exactly what they got. Last year, Novosel shot 41 percent from 3-point range, while Barrett was not far behind shooting 39 percent. For a Mystics team that shot just 33 percent from behind the arc in 2011, these could be key contributors to the 2012 Mystics team.

But these two rookies bring more to the game than just shooting. Novosel brings a winning pedigree to the table, as she was a major component on a Notre Dame team that competed in back-to-back NCAA championship games. In a phone interview, Novosel said she has a "competitve edge" and hopes to bring this winning tradition to Washington.

She also talked about how excited she was to come to the nation's capital not only because of the basketball, but also because her twin brother, Nathan, was just placed in D.C. as part of Teach for America. Along with her brother, her former Notre Dame assistant coach, Jonathan Tsipis, was just named Head Coach right up the road at The George Washington University.

The stars seemed to have aligned for Novosel, as she will soon arrive at camp and look to bolster the Mystics backcourt in 2012.

As for Barrett, she was one of the most versatile players in this year's draft. She played all five positions in college, and that versatility is something she wants to bring to the next level

"I bring a competitive drive at any position, I am willing to do whatever it takes" Barrett said after being drafted.

Barrett and Novosel actually played with one another when they were younger, so there is already a familiarity between the two rookies.

Barrett said that while Novosel is certainly tough and gritty, she also has that side to her as well.

Mystics management was very excited with their picks and are now eager to get started in a few weeks.

“Natalie and LaSondra give us players with three-point shooting ability and versatility,” said General Manager/Head Coach Trudi Lacey. “They also bring a team-first mentality and we are very excited to have them both on our roster.”

Mystics training camp begins April 29th and with a brand new roster, there is plenty of angst and excitement surrounding the 2012 Mystics.