Mystics Third Round Picks
Mystics Add Barrett and Gilbreath in Third Round
In the third round of the 2012 WNBA Draft, the Mystics added Anjale Barrett at #26 (UMD) and Briana Gilbreath at #35 (USC).
Barrett, a 5’10 point-guard from the University of Maryland, started in all 36 games for the Terps in 2011-12 and averaged 6.4 points and 4.9 assists per game.
She is best known for being a distributor who likes to get her teammates involved in the offense, but can also score when called upon.
In an article by Gene Wang of the Washington Post, Maryland’s Head Coach Brenda Frees said “You would never know if there’s something bothering her, she’s just been extremely consistent and on a very even keel, and that’s what you’ve got to have from your point guard in terms of your team reflecting that personality.”
Barrett will look to bring that personality into the WNBA and will look to showcase her skills in camp.
Gilbreath, a 6’0 guard from the University of Southern California, was a four-time All-Pac 12 honoree at USC and was the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in 2009.
She is a longer guard who developed a three-point shot her senior year, shooting 39% from behind the arc. But, she is better known for being a lockdown defender, earning the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year award twice.
From Joel Welser of College Sports Madness:
“What makes Gilbreath shine in the eyes of the WNBA is her defense. Despite being a guard, Gilbreath is a superb shot blocker. She has the instincts and athleticism to block shots that it does not look like she has a chance of blocking. On top of her blocked shots, Gilbreath has always led the team in steals. Add that to her array of other skills and Gilbreath is a unique talent who can do more than just a little bit of everything.”
Gilbreath is hopeful that her all-around strong play will translate to the next level and make her an impactful player in the league.