Alyssa Thomas, Senior, Forward, #25
Collegiate Stats: Has averaged 18.8 points, 10.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists
High School: Central Dauphin HS
Hometown: Harrisburg, PA
Can't-Miss Highlight Reel
How'd She Get to College Park?
Alyssa was rated the No. 7 player in her 2010 high school class by ESPN, a 4-star recruit and the No. 4 forward nationally. While she could have had her pick out of many schools, she didn't want to go too far from home so that her parents could drive to games. This made Maryland very appealing to her already, and the only team that she seriously considered besides the Terps was Penn State. In the end, Maryland's location, education, and style of play won out.
Alyssa has already accomplished so much in her three years at Maryland -- ACC Rookie of the Year, two-time ACC Player of the Year, and two-time All-American. The only thing left for her that is certainly within reach is National Player of the Year. However, I'm sure Alyssa wouldn't find it nearly as gratifying without also a Final Four if not a National Title run by the Terps, and the two would likely go hand in hand. Alyssa's dream senior season would be leaving Maryland a national champ and the nation's best player.
There's not much to say that hasn't already been said about Alyssa Thomas. She's a true star on the court, and if you don't believe me watch the highlight video above. Like the previous two seasons, she will be the Terps' number one offensive option, only she's in a much better position now than she was a year ago. With all the injuries last season, Alyssa had to shoulder a large burden for this team and opponents were able to hone in on her and now graduated Tianna Hawkins. The depth at point guard should especially help, and put less pressure on her to feel the need to create or force things herself. Alyssa's versatility on offense is what makes her so dangerous -- she can shoot it (every so often even from deep), dish it, drive it and go coast to coast with ease, and her last year as a Terp should be a fun ride.