Maryland F Marissa Coleman
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If you watched the Maryland vs. Vanderbilt game in this year's NCAA Tournament, you were able to see just how good of a player Marissa Coleman can be. She put her Maryland team on her back and carried them to the Elite Eight with a 42-point, 15-rebound performance that ranks as perhaps the top performance of the tournament.
She had everything working against Vanderbilt: she was 15-of-27 from the field while hitting shots from all over the floor; she hit the boards for 15 rebounds, including five on the offensive glass; and she showed the leadership and passion you want in a player. She could not have picked a better audition tape to send to WNBA GMs and coaches as they mull over their options in this Thursday's draft.
As the draft draws near, Coleman took some time to answer questions from WNBA.com, to give us a glimpse as to who she is, both on and off the court.
WNBA.com: What memories do you have about your college hoops experience? What will you remember most?
Coleman: Winning a National and Conference Championship. What I will remember most are all of the great people I was around.
WNBA.com: What strengths, qualities or skills will you bring or add to a WNBA team?
Coleman: My passion for the game and the emotion I play with. I'd also say my versatility.
WNBA.com: What skills do you feel you need to improve or work on at the next level?
Coleman: I need to become a more consistent 3-point shooter, and develop a quicker shot release.
WNBA.com: What do you expect to be some of the biggest challenges or adjustments at the next level?
Coleman: Getting used to the speed and strength of the players in the WNBA.
WNBA.com: Is there a current WNBA player you model your game after, or that you look up to?
Coleman: Diana Taurasi
WNBA.com: What WNBA players are you most looking forward to playing against or meeting?
Coleman: Tamika Catchings
WNBA.com: Who are some of your all-time dream teammates that you’d want to play with?
WNBA.com: What are a few things people need to know about you personally and what you’ll bring to the WNBA?
Coleman: I am a down to earth person who loves to laugh and have fun. I am pretty easy going, and usually go with that flow of things.
WNBA.com: What are you thinking and feeling as the Draft approaches?
Coleman: I am very excited about the draft approaching. As a little girl, you grow up dreaming of this moment and everyone is not as fortunate to be in this position. It is a great feeling of accomplishment.
WNBA.com: What is your best on-court moment?
Coleman: When the final buzzer went off and we won the 2006 National Championship
WNBA.com: What is your most embarrassing moment?
Coleman: In high school I took my warm-up shirt off, and I did not have my jersey on.
WNBA.com: What is your source of inspiration when it comes to basketball?
Coleman: My family, they have sacrificed so much of their time and spent a lot of money to help me become a successful basketball player. Striving to be the best is my way of repaying them on the court.
WNBA.com: What do you like to do to relax off the court?
Coleman: I like to go to the movies and listen to music.
WNBA.com: What is your favorite movie, book, musician, TV show, and magazine?
Coleman: I have too many favorite movies; my favorite books are "The Secret Life of Bees" and "Twilight"; The Fray and Kenny Chesney are my favorite musicians; my favorite TV Show is Grey’s Anatomy; and Sports illustrated is my favorite magazine.